There are many well known leaders of our early schools, such as Saint Patrick and Saint Columba, and even Christ’s Uncle Joseph of Arimathea, and other first Century Saints who led Britain, like St. Aristobulus, St. Andrew, St. Paul, and St. Philip [some of the most ancient forefathers of the Celtic Orthodox Church]. We have a list of 200 more Celtic British Saints who led the church centuries before the Roman Saxon St. Augustine came to England.
It was recorded before Augustine came, St Columba had Saxons in his school at Iona, namely Genereus and Pilu as recorded by Adamnan. The Culdees weren’t exclusive to themselves, but had set up great missions to Europe(ie Luxeuil and St Gall and 83 other major establishments). The Roman historian Bede had also praised the Celts’ outreach and integration of their neighboring kindred tribes.
Our Culdean Saint Cummian, who lived a few years after Columbanus, wrote: “What can be deemed worse of a Mother Church than that we should say: Rome goes astray, Jerusalem goes astray, Antioch goes astray, only the Irish and Britons know what is right.” (Cummian, Ad Segienum, Huensen Abbatem.)
On the Continent numerous of our Early Culdean Saints are honored:
150 early Culdee Missionaries are honored in Germany, 45 in France, 30 in Belgium, 13 in Italy, 8 in in Norway and Iceland, to say nothing of other places and Saints of whom mention is made in the British Martyrology.
In the early period of the church, the Culdees are renown for having already founded 12 monasteries in England, 13 in Scotland, 7 in France, 16 in Bavaria, 15 in Rhoetia, Germany and Switzerland, 10 in Alsace, 7 in Lorraine, 12 in Armorica and 6 in Italy.
This church and the many Saints have brought us all much encouragement and inspiration in Christ. Most of all we see what a wonderful God we serve, that our God, the God of Israel, is a true and living God who honors His covenants with His bride called Christian Israel.
Read more about the short history of the Celtic Culdean Church and our reestablishment.
In the following section you will learn more about the fundamental aspects of the Celtic Church.
It was actually from the time of Jeremiah the Prophet that the Irish Celtic church began to take hold. His dated grave remains part of the history of Ireland today. He had successfully transplanted the Kingdom of Israel to the British Isles, just as God had foretold to him. David’s literal throne is a part of Irish, Scottish and English history that is known as the stone of scone. The many Hebrew practices remaining so long in the Celtic lands bears witness to this Israelite heritage. – His Eminence ++ Rev Dr. Stephen M.K. Brunswick ThD, PhD, Primace, OCC.
Here is a short selection from the Doctrinal Articles of our Culdean (Hebrew Celtic) Church:
- On Our Church:
- On the Celtic Calendar/Feasts:
- Honoring of the Sabbath in the Historic Orthodox Church, by Rev Dr Stephen MK Brunswick, ThD, PhD, Primace, OCC.
- “The Celtic Church in Britain” by Leslie Hardinge.
- Columbanus and the Celtic Church’s, Quartodeciman (Nisan 14-20) Observance of Easter/Passover
- TABERNACLES (RATHER THAN DECEMBER 25TH) was highly popular for Christians in all Orthodox areas
- On the Celtic Traditions:
- “Truth Trumphant” (Free PDF Book) by Wilkinson, indepth chapters on the Celtic / Gallican church, especially the Waldensians, holding to the Israelite doctrines, Sabbath etc.
- “The Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church”(Free PDF Book) By F. E. Warren
- “ECCLESIASTICAL ANTIQUITIES OF THE CYMRY” or the Ancient British Church, its History, Doctrine and Rites (Free PDF Book).
- “Ireland and the Celtic Church”(Free PDF Book) by George Thomas Stokes Pub 1892
- Honoring of St Gall and St Othmar in the Orthodox Church of the Culdees
- Celebrating Saint Eadbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne
- PDF book: Saints of Wales, Cornwall and Irish Saints with Dedications in Britain, from “The Lives of the British Saints” vol 2
- Feast Day of St. Colman, Another Strong Witness for the Orthodox Christian and Hebrew Calendar
- Biblical Artwork Is Commanded By God For Churches
- On Our Ancient Heritage:
- Remembering Saint Margaret, the Saxon Queen of Scotland Who Revolutionized our Church, demoted our Culdees and added Sunday worship services.
- The Jerusalem Church Moved To Britain, and the Apostolic See of Glastonbury, later called the “Second Rome”. Many 1st-2nd Century British Saints attest to this, see attached PDF of Saints
- The Early British Church, from “Celt, Druid and Culdee” by Elder
- Judah’s Scepter and Joseph’s Birthright (Celtic British Israel Book)
- Numerous Ancient Manuscripts Confirming St. Joseph (of the Sanhedrin) Founded the British Hebrew Priesthood at Glastonbury in 36AD
- “Spread of the Culdean Church” free Chapter from “History of the Scottish Nation” or The History of The Celtic Church (All Three Volumes): History of Civilization From Pre-historic Times To Medieval Times.
- “Irish Saints in Great Britain”(Free PDF Book) by Rev Dr Moran, Dublin 1879
- “The Early Scottish Church – Ecclesiastical History of Scotland”(Free PDF Book) by McLaughlin, Edinburg 1865
- THE IRISH POPE-KINGS FORMERLY THE RULERS OF BRITAIN
- Free Chapter from the book “Celt, Druid and Culdee”
- Hebrew Celtic Origins of the Christian Church
- The Declaration Of Arbroath, Proof The Scottish Are Israelites From “Greater Scythia”
- On Hebrew Purity in the Church:
On the Ancient Hebrew(Christian) Liturgy in the Church:
- Daily Hours Liturgy. English Orthodox Private Devotions For the Hours of Prayer, as Authorized in 1560, added footnotes of Scripture and Church Fathers in 1626
Liturgical BCP Prayer, “THE SHAMA” A Prayer of Christendom and of the Culdees has been upheld from 450BC till this present day
The (Apostles’ Didascalia) and ancient Amidah Prayers outline many of our existing prayer services of Christendom.
The First Century “Didache” (incl. missing translation and verses) as accepted by the Culdee, and greater fellowship of churches.
- The Sarum Missal (Our BCP is rooted in Sarum) for reference
A book we highly recommend is “The Celtic Church in Britain” by Leslie Hardinge.
It covers a plethora of proof that the Celtic church kept the Dietary Laws, the Feasts, and Sabbaths.
The Celtic Church was Hebrew and Orthodox
Hebrew Celtic Law
We are the ancient British Orthodox and Celtic church of God. We are Anglican Orthodox, as under bishops in canonical succession within our communion. If you’d like to learn more about our Anglo Celtic faith, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For simplicity we call ourselves the Culdees’ Church, or Orthodox Church of the Culdees. Consider joining us.
Isa 58:12 “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.“