Celtic Orthodox Christian Church?
The Undivided Church still survives: the Celtic Orthodox Christian Church bears witness to the original, unchanged Christian Faith.
We are a community united by Faith, called to love, worship and serve God and receive His Holy Sacraments. Our primary concern is the preservation and spreading of the Christian Faith and Sacraments for the spiritual health of others. We welcome all who wish to live and worship according to the teachings of Christ and the Holy Spirit. We are a church for all peoples and nations. We are the continuation of the churches who originally brought God's Word and Sacraments to people in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas before the year 1000.
In the Latin used by the Celtic churches, the word Gallus means both a Celt and a rooster. This is important to understand us, because like the ancient Celtic Christians, we see ourselves as being like the simple rooster who heralds the Dawn of the coming of Christ. Whether Jesus Christ returns today or a thousand years from now, all must be ready because we do not know the hour.
What is your form of worship?
We worship using the Liturgy of the Lorrha "Stowe" Missal. It is one of the earliest and most complete expressions of the Christian Faith, coming directly from the tradition of the Holy Apostles. It is also the only surviving Celtic Liturgy. Services for the other Sacraments, daily prayer and other needs are from similar sources.
call yourselves Celtic and Orthodox?
"Celtic" is not just a reference to our primary form of worship. Like the original Celtic churches, we hold the same Orthodox Christian Faith and administer the same Sacraments as the Undivided Church.
"Orthodox" means "Correct Worship". It does not mean "Eastern".
So we support all forms of Christian Worship that follow the original Christian criteria for true Christian Ministry. Saint Irenaeus of Lyons in Gaul, an ancient Celtic country, stated that churches are members of the Body of Christ if they are united to it by Faith and Grace.
This means that a valid Christian church:
This is not only a Celtic belief but once was a belief of all churches that called themselves Christian.
What do you say about your detractors?
"If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you." [John 15:18]
More About Us
On the Canonicity of the Celtic Orthodox Christian Church
Why are Married People allowed to be Cele De?
Is the Ordination of Married Priests as Bishops Appropriate?
Why we do not Ordain Women as Priests or Bishops
Questions Regarding Other Churches
Questions Regarding "Alternative Lifestyles"