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FACTS

 

The present day Celtic Christian Communion is a independent sacramental Christian Celtic denomination/jurisdiction offering a progressive alternative in the pre-Synod of Whitby tradition

The Celtic Christian Communion has direct apostolic lineage, or succession, from Saint James, Saint John, Saint Andrew and Saint Peter.

 

Our beliefs and practices are consistent with the traditional pre-Synod of Whitby beliefs and doctrine as contained in the apostleís creed and the early church.

 

The Celtic Christian Communion affirms traditional beliefs about faith, love, spirituality, community and prayer as found in sacred Scriptures and Christian universal beliefs and tradition.

The Celtic Christian Communion celebrates the sacramental life of the Church of Christ, acknowledges the primacy of Sacred Scriptures and the imperative nature or liberty of conscience.

The Celtic Christian Communion proclaims the unconditional love and compassion of God which embraces every human person as holy and redeemed.

The Celtic Christian Communion acknowledges the power of the Holy Spirit who speaks through the "sensus fidelium" ("sense of the faithful") of the Orthodox Catholic Church of Christ.

LITURGICAL COMMUNITIES

The Celtic Christian Communionís Ministries and  Communities all worship by means of liturgical ceremonies.  The word "liturgy" is based on a Greek word meaning, "the work of the people."

Liturgical worship takes in the form of set ceremonies, which contain such elements as prayers, readings, and gestures, which are sometimes spoken by the celebrant, sometimes by the people, and sometimes by all.

Sometimes liturgical elements are chanted or sung rather than spoken.  Sometimes these chants are accompanied by musical instruments-other times the voices themselves are the only instruments.

Liturgical worship enables all the participants to be on the same page, and to truly direct their hearts and minds in the same direction, as one collective.

Currently our liturgies are undergoing revision and review to insure that they reflect a Celtic Christian style of prayer and are simple, yet rich in spirituality and meaning. Until they are finalized it is acceptable to use the resources available through other denominations such as either the 1928 or 1979 Book of Common Prayer from the Episcopal Church or The Book of Worship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church. As Sections of our Prayer Book are completed they will be available for download from this page. Until our Prayer Book is finalized the page numbers on the online versions are only temporary! Please remember page numbers will change as the final book takes shape!

At this time, the appointed lessons for weekly church services will follow what is commonly called the Revised Common Lectionary. This Lectionary or lesson plan is in a three year cycle that takes someone through the four Gospels of the New Testament as well as lessons from the Old Testament, Psalms, and the Epistles of the New Testament in such a manner as to every three years cover most Biblical topics and lessons. It is called the Revised Common Lectionary because many different denominations and churches already use this Lectionary. The lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary are available from Vanderbilt University  or the Lectionary Page by date. You can download or cut and paste them from either source, but in order to put them in your bulletin you will probably have to reformat them using a word processor. Also we have our own Celtic Lectionary as well check here. No decision has yet been made for the daily church service lectionary so it is recommended that if you are using the Episcopal Prayer Book you use their daily lectionary, if you are using the Lutheran Book of Worship you use their daily lectionary. Other Prayer Books/Books of Worship can be used if that is all that is available but this should always be brought before Bishop Tom Mills for review. 

 

 

Sections of Liturgy: 

Liturgy of the Celtic Christian Communion; Rite 1

Morning or Evening Prayer (Option One)      

Holy Baptism    '

Confirmation/Reception      

Confession/Absolution

Anointing and Ministration to the Sick   

Shabbat Fellowship

 

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