CELTIC ORTHODOXY IS UNIQUE – BY THE GRACE OF GOD
HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
“Home of Biblical Orthodoxy”
1703 Macomber St, Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone (419) 206.2190
(CONSECRATION) ANGLO-CELTIC LITURGY
PHOTOS OF THE MONASTERY
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The Celtic Orthodox Church is a Western Rite expression of the Faith from the Johannine Branch of Christianity of those churches founded by the twelve apostles, (Gallican, Celtic, Mozabarec, Coptic, Byzantine.) The Roman Catholic Church is from the Pauline branch of the Church.
CELTIC ORTHODOXY ESTABLISHED IN 37 AD IS THE
OLDEST WESTERN RITE ORTHODOX CHURCH
Sunday Mass at 8:30 A.M.
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Ancient it demands respect, so
Traditional it is refreshing and so
Conservative it is reassuring
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THE “SECRETS” OF THE MONASTERY FOR EFFECTIVE PRAYER
In Celtic Orthodoxy the word Theology is defined as the study of the experience of God. In other Orthodox groups and in the RCC the word Theology means the study of God, which is totally different from the study of the experience of God. Celtic Orthodoxy views an attempt by a finite creature to understand the infinite God to be a bit presumptuous. It is impossible to study the experience of God and limit your study to books.
Men say to me that they pray and never get an answer to prayer. They gave up praying except for Mass on Sunday and even there they are more a spectator than anything else. Some have prayed the Jesus Prayer and others the Psalms. Nothing seems to make a difference they say. Sometimes people just stop praying too soon and others pray to get something and if they don't get it in a timely fashion they think the prayers didn't work. God is not a sugar daddy. People do not understand what it means to pray. Prayer is not rattling off words as a parrot repeats words or vain repetition without understanding.
The "Secrets of the Monastery" are the hidden secrets retained by the Monasteries and not known to the world. These secrets are unknown to the people and most other Non-Monastic clergy because they do not want to know. It is not a matter of the Monks hiding these things. People talk about wanting to know the old ways hidden in the Monasteries but when we share them the people scoff and walk away.
In part, some of the reasons the people walk away from this hidden knowledge is because they have been lied to all their lives by their Priests and churches about praying. The clergy of the last hundred years do not know how to pray as did their Fathers among the Saints so they can't pass it on to others. They are not living in the life of the Holy Spirit and therefore they cannot themselves pray effectively.
IF WE READ THE PSALMS, THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE MONASTERY ABOUT PRAYER ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE TO ANY WHO WANT TO SEE.
In our Chapel there is a stand in the middle of the nave (main body) of the church and immediately in front of it is a candle. The stand is called the Little Entrance Table and the candle in front of it is called the Divine Office candle. The Divine Office candle is our call to prayer. The term Divine Office means divine duty. Prayer is the divine duty of all believers. The Mass, the most powerful prayer of the church always begins at the Little Entrance Table.
The Little Entrance Table stands in sharp contrast to the modern church lay out. It is a remnant lost to most other churches (not all) and its mere presence standing there, so dignified yet accusatory, is an ever constant witness to what went wrong in the church that brought the larger church to the present sad state.
In many churches the nave of the churches are cluttered up with pews. Pews also stand in accusatory fashion as they serve as a witness to the loss in the church of the "art of prayer". If we examine the church buildings of old that decorate the European landscape; the buildings that stand as a living witness to the ancient church, the ancient truth and the ancient faith we firstly notice that pews are conspicuous in their absence. They didn't need pews because people knew how to pray.
With the advent of pews the people lost the ability to pray as taught by God. With the advent of pews, the church catholic was thrown into a tempestuous sea and the fight for survival was begun.
The Scriptures and the Sacred Tradition of the Church has taught us to pray with our minds and with our hearts AND WITH OUR BODIES. God taught us to kneel, bow down and prostrate ourselves before Him. When men stopped praying in the manner demanded by God, men began to lose faith and lost respect for holy things and for the Sacred. When pews came in, faith was ejected from the church. Kneelers came in that were padded and pews now are often padded for the comfort of the "worshipers". The people are not worshiping God. The faith as once delivered to the Saints left the building when the pews came in.
If the larger church hopes to survive and prosper it must return to the ancient art of praying with their minds, their hearts and with their bodies. We must worship as God ordered us to worship. We must learn to pray with our bodies, prostrate before the Lord.
Prostration means to kneel and bend forward until your forehead hits the floor. Bowing means to bend at the waist while making the Sign of the Cross.
The Vatican Library records the history of the
Celtic Orthodox Church
Our Statement of Faith
Celtic Orthodox Benedictine are “TRUE” Benedictine
Anglo-Celtic Orthodox Liturgy of the Mass
We do not pray to the dead or believe we can
communicate with the dead at will
We reject any association with the
Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs and Neo Orthodoxy
Abortion is murder – a simple truth
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Like all parishes and Monasteries of the Celtic Orthodox Church in the United States, Holy Trinity Celtic Orthodox Church is a traditional Western Rite community focused on Christ present in the Eucharist.
Celtic Orthodox Christians are expected to live as a people called apart by God to be His own. People of God are prayer warriors, men and women of prayer. People do not plan to fail they just fail to plan. This is dangerous in worldly affairs but it is tragic in spiritual matters. The Priest will work with each individual to develop a spiritual plan that will enable the individual man or woman to carry the Cross after Jesus. Celtic Orthodoxy does not try to remove the Cross but give you the strength to carry the Cross together with Christ our Savior.
Our "church buildings" are usually a converted house or a storefront or a small building someplace. We have no Cathedrals or large churches. All our communities are small and everybody knows everybody. There is no such thing as being alone. Soon new members feel at home and are friends with everybody else. The Priest is accessible directly. There are no office hours. This makes us unique.
The Priest has dedicated his life to prayer, study of Scripture, administering the Sacraments and daily offering the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass. Our focus is on worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth, not on big buildings. Our focus is on synergy with the Father in Christ, not on what the world thinks of us.
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