LORD JESUS, HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNER 

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HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US

SINNERS NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH 

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AN ANCIENT CHURCH STILL TEACHING THE ANCIENT

TRUTH AND LIVING OUT THE ANCIENT FAITH

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 The Celtic Orthodox Church is

so Ancient it demands respect

is so Traditional it is refreshing

and so Conservative it is reassuring.

 

HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

A MONASTIC CHAPEL LOCATED IN THE RESIDENCE OF THE 

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

1703 MACOMBER ST., TOLEDO, OHIO 43606

PHONE 419.206.2190 / E-MAIL amdg@bex.net

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THE CELTS ARE ISRAELITES UNDER ANOTHER NAME

 

The word Celt is the Anglicized form of the Greek word Keltoi, which

means “the people who are different.” In Scripture, all nations, except

the Twelve Tribes of Israel, are referred to as Gentiles (Foreigners),

so the only people who are different are Israel. The word Celt is

therefore another word for Israelite. The Celts are part of the Ten

“lost” Tribes of Israel; as are the Tuatha de Danaan and Milesians. The

Irish people are a mixture of Celts; Danaans; Milesians; Judah/Zarahites

(of the “Red Hand” – Genesis 38:28-30); (Dan-ish) Vikings and Norsemen

and are all racially cousins.

 

THE CELTS, ACCORDING TO GOD, ARE ISRAELITES.

 

The word British is not English; it is Hebrew.

Brit (Berit) means Covenant in Hebrew and Welsh

Ish means man or people of, in Hebrew and English

Therefore British means The People of The Covenant,

in other words, the People Israel of The Covenant.

 

However, the Celtish / Irish people are Israelites descended from

Jacob/Israel’s fifth of his twelve sons, who was called Dan and fathered

the Tuatha de Danaan – the Tribe of Dan (the Irish and Danish).

Therefore the Irish people are Celtish / British-Israelites by birth

i.e. People of The Covenant in the Torah in the Bible and in The Ark,

which is buried at Tara.

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Holy Trinity Celtic Orthodox Church is a Monastic Chapel of the Celtic Orthodox Benedictine Fathers.

In our daily lives we immerse ourselves into the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass, praying the Marian Rosary and the praying of the Breviary or Divine Office.  We are dedicated to the Holy Eucharist; the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ present on our Altars under the appearance of bread and wine. 

 

We hold and teach the Mass and the daily praying of the Divine Office are the twin pillars upon which rest our hope for salvation. Our Chapel is a traditional Western Rite Orthodox Chapel. See:  http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/altar22.jpg.  We are part of “Biblical Orthodoxy” which means we don’t add to or subtract from the Word of God.  There can be no new dogma (required belief) since the death of the last Apostle.  If the Apostles did not teach it as dogma, we don’t either.  We keep holy the Sabbath Day with the same devotion we bring to Sunday worship.  See: http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/index2.html.  We invite your prayer requests. 

 

 

AS WE APPROACH THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, CERTAIN

QUESTIONS ARISE EVERY YEAR REGARDING THE

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION. HERE ARE SOME OF THEM.

 

DID MARY SUFFER THE PAIN OF CHILD BIRTH?

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/childbirth.html

 

WAS CHRIST BORN ON DECEMBER 25TH?

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/christmas.html

 

WAS CHRIST BORN IN A STABLE?

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/stable.html 

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THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS ARE FAITHFUL

TO THE DAILY PRAYING OF THE FIRST AND OLDEST TRADITIONAL

WESTERN RITE BREVIARY, ESTABLISHED IN THE 6TH CENTURY BY

OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS BENEDICT OF NURSIA.

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/BREVIARY.html

 

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6 And we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly and not according to the tradition which they have received of us.

(2 Thessalonians 3:6)

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/ecumenism.html

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WHY YOU SHOULD USE THE SEPTUAGINT TEXT FROM THE ORTHODOX STUDY BIBLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL8kCXBIkMc

THE ORTHODOX BIBLE IS OLDER THAN

 THE JEWISH BIBLE,

THE PROTESTANT BIBLE

 OR THE CATHOLIC BIBLE

ONLY THE SEPTUAGINT TEXT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT USED BY

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IS THE INSPIRED OLD TESTAMENT TEXT

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/septuagint.html

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 THE MARIAN ROSARY IN WESTERN RITE ORTHODOXY

 

The Marian Rosary in its present form, developed no later than the 4th Century and the “Mysteries” were codified no later than the 8th Century as an expression of veneration to Mary in the Orthodox Church.  When it was created it was known as “Mary’s Psalter”.  The Rosary was originally an Orthodox form of prayer that was later adopted by the Roman Catholics.  It has since fallen out of common practice in the Church.  It is my hope to reintroduce this pious practice into the life of Orthodox Christians. The Rosary is the victim of legends and fabrication.  Some hold to the view that Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic, which is false.  Others have developed spurious “promises to those who pray the Rosary”.  The fact remains, the real reason to pray the Rosary is found in the prayer “Hail Mary”.  Mary is full of grace, the Lord is with her, blessed is she among women.  As the Mother of the God with us, her prayer support will win for us more graces from God than we can attain through our humble prayer because of her “Fiat” (Let it be done to me according to your word).  In the veneration of Mary, Christ is glorified through the Communion of Saints and through Christ glory is given to our Heavenly Father.  Mary believed and submitted to the Angel’s words with faith.  Our sins block our prayer from being accepted by God and our sins block us from receiving the blessings God wants us to have.  The Orthodox and Catholic Church has long had recourse to the ministry of intercession of Mary, to her gifts and graces supported by her faith and merits.  The use of prayer beads continues the format of prayer used in the early larger church catholic.

 

The Orthodox Rosary is prayed on a Prayer Rope, also called a Chotki or on prayer beads used for this devotion. To pray the Rosary, a Prayer Rope is used in which the knots are divided into groups of ten, or decades, with a bead or a little wooden cross separating each decade.  Use of the prayer beads are more common today.

 

The prayer rope was formed by St. Pachomius in the fourth century. From there the rosary developed. The Mysteries were codified by no later than the 8th Century. While the devotion originated among the monks of ancient Egypt, it was given the name “the Rosary” and made popular through the promotion by the Celtic Orthodox Christians of the British Isles.  

 

The monks of the Egyptian Thebaid were praying one hundred fifty Angelic Salutations (Hail Mary’s) grouped into fifteen decades following the pattern of the one hundred and fifty Psalms no later than the fourth century. However, while the origin of The Rule of the Theotokos, or Our Lady’s Psalter, is found in ancient Egypt, the term “Rosary” — or “garland of roses” — has its origin in the usage of the Celtic Orthodox Church in the British Isles.

 

The Orthodox Marian Rosary is sometimes called St. Seraphim’s Rosary after two great Saints of the Orthodox Church — both named St. Seraphim — who were proponents of “The Rule of the Theotokos”: St. Seraphim of Sarov (1754-1833) and St. Seraphim Zvezdinsky  (1883-1937).

 

Fr. Zosima, one of the spiritual children of St. Seraphim of Sarov said, “In my hands I have a hand-written book from the cell of Saint Seraphim, containing a description of the many miracles which took place through praying to the Mother of God and especially through saying one hundred and fifty times the “O Hail, Mother of God and Virgin” (see below).  If, being unaccustomed to it, it is difficult to master one hundred and fifty repetitions daily, say it fifty times at first…Whomever he spoke to about this miracle-working Rule remained grateful to him.”

 

St. Seraphim (Zvezdinsky) was an Endoverie (Old Rite) Russian Orthodox bishop who had been consecrated to the episcopate by St. Tikhon of Moscow as Bishop of Dimitrov, and was martyred by the Soviet communists in 1937. He was tonsured a monk with the name of Seraphim after St. Seraphim of Sarov. He had great devotion to the Mother of God; and received from God the gift of preaching, becoming well known for his sermons. St. Seraphim Zvezdinsky also possessed the gifts of clairvoyance and healing of the sick; these gifts manifested themselves many times throughout his life.

 

HOW THE ROSARY IS PRAYED

 

Our Lady’s Psalter, better known as the Rosary, usually includes introductory prayers.  This starts with an Act of Contrition for our sins on the first bead after the Crucifix followed by three Hail Mary’s for an increase in Faith, Hope and Charity.  Then, the appropriate Meditation is named followed by the Lord’s Prayer on the bead and ten Hail Mary’s on the knots or beads. Fifteen decades, or at least five decades, are thus prayed, each preceded by naming the appropriate Meditation and then praying the Lord’s Prayer and ten Hail Marys.

 

 

PRAYING THE ROSARY

 

 

Ten Hail Marys:

 

The original “Hail Mary” prayer was

 

O hail, Mother of God and Virgin; Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb for thou has given birth to the Savior of our (my) soul.

 

The Hail Mary has changed to reflect ethnicity and other considerations throughout history but today it is commonly accepted throughout all of Orthodoxy that the Hail Mary below is the accepted form today. 

The Hail Mary used and accepted today

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. * Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.  

History

 

It is said that even centuries later St. Seraphim of Sarov (1754-1833) used it to pray in honor of the Virgin Theotokos.  In the thirteenth century, Roman Catholics started using it in the West following its rediscovery by Dominic de Guzmán, a Spanish priest. Dominic created three sets of “Mysteries”, Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious.  In the beginning, there were 15 Decades of 10 Hail Mary’s each but the 15 “Mysteries” (meditations on the life of Christ and the Theotokos) are not divided up into Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries.  We seek to share in the ministry of intercession, graces, faith and merits of Mary by the working of the Holy Spirit in the body of believers to the glory of Jesus Christ and through Jesus to the glory of God the Father.  It is through faith in Jesus and our attempt to live by His Commandments that we share in the Communion of Saints which sharing gives us access to the prayer support of Mary.  To share in the Ministry of Intercession of Mary and the Saints we must have synergy with the Father in Christ.

 

Mysteries or Meditations

 

  * Meditation 1- The Birth of the Theotokos

  * Meditation 2- The Presentation of the Theotokos

  * Meditation 3- The Annunciation of the Lord's Birth

  * Meditation 4- The Meeting of the Theotokos and St. Elizabeth

  * Meditation 5- The Birth of the Lord

  * Meditation 6- The Prophecy of St. Simeon

  * Meditation 7- The Flight into Egypt

  * Meditation 8- The Boy-Christ among the Doctors

  * Meditation 9- The Wedding of Cana

  * Meditation 10- The Crucifixion of the Lord

  * Meditation 11- The Resurrection of the Lord

  * Meditation 12- The Ascension of the Lord into Heaven

  * Meditation 13- Pentecost

  * Meditation 14- The Dormition of the Virgin Theotokos

  * Meditation 15- The Crowning of the Theotokos by the Blessed Trinity

 

The rosary is a powerful prayer. It settles our hearts and minds. It puts things in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful. To put it simply: It just works.

Of course, in order for the rosary to start working in your life, you have to start praying it! The hardest part of anything is getting started. The rosary is no different. It may seem intimidating at first, but that’s where this guide comes in! Our hope is that you will be inspired to give the rosary a try and discover the power of the rosary for yourself.

 

With the prayers of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us and to guide us by the example of her son, Jesus.

 

See also:

VIRGIN MARY APPEARS TO +500,000 PEOPLE IN EGYPT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKHaNMTRF1o

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   HOLY ORTHODOXY RESPONDS TO THE GAY LIFESTYLE

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/gay.html

 

A DEACONESS IS NOT A FEMALE DEACON

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/deaconess.html

 

THE TRADITIONAL WESTERN RITE ORTHODOX BREVIARY / DIVINE OFFICE

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/daily_office.html

 

MEET OUR PASTOR – BISHOP BRIAN J. KENNEDY

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/bpkennedy.jpg

 

MEET OUR MASCOT – MISS MAGGIE

(She thinks people come to Mass on Sunday to visit her)

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/maggi.jpg

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DON’T LISTEN TO FALSE TEACHERS

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/SALVATION.html

 

DO NOT SURRENDER TO THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/contraception.html

 

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, KEEP THE FAITH AND FOLLOW THE ANCIENT PATH

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/divorce.html

 

WE KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH DAY

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/index2.html

 

HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/two.html

 

THE BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR

The Byzantine Catholic Church is in union with Rome and the largest Eastern Rite Church.  This is real news with a message we should all take to heart and on which to contemplate. 

 

THIS IS BIG NEWS:  The Byzantine Catholic Patriarch has just excommunicated 26 Cardinals, 134 Bishops and 99 Priests INCLUDING THE POPE AT ROME!!! The Amazon Synod was the breaking point. The Theology of the Byzantine Catholic Church and the Celtic Orthodox Church is virtually identical.  DON’T ASK WHEN THE SCHISM WILL START BECAUSE THE SCHISM IS HERE AND NOW.  IT IS A BATTLE BETWEEN TRUTH AND ERROR, GOD AND THE DEVIL.

 

THE DAILY SACRIFICE WILL CEASE

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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/because_you_asked.html

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   OUR APOSTOLIC LINE OF SUCCESSION IS ACCEPTED BY WORLD ORTHODOXY. 

REMEMBER AS YOU READ THESE LETTERS OF AFFIRMATION THE BISHOPS BEING ACCLAIMED AS PART OF WORLD ORTHODOXY WITH GRACE FILLED AND SPIRIT FILLED ORDERS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY OLD WORLD PATRIARCH, YET THE PATRIARCHS ACCEPT THEM AS EQUAL BISHOPS IN THE LARGER CHURCH WITH THE SAME APOSTOLIC MISSION. 

 

LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE O.C.A.

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/oca_recog.jpg

 

LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM ALEXANDRIA

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/alexandria.jpg

 

LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/greek_orthodox_affirmation.jpg

 

WE ARE SUCCESSORS TO THE APOSTLES, IN UNION WITH THE ORIGINAL 12 AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME AFTER THEM AND WITH ALL THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER US. 

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION 

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION OF BISHOP BRIAN KENNEDY, O.S.B.

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/succ.html

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HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

 CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

IS A NOT FOR PROFIT CHURCH CORPORATION

UNDER SECTION 501 ( c ) 3 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE .