starry-eyed surprise (3point1415927) wrote in celtichristian,
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Denomination?

I'm new here, and was just curious to see how others answer this question:

If you consider yourself a Celtic Christian, do you simply worship on your own or with other like-minded people, or do you belong to a church? If so, which denomination?

I have always felt drawn to Catholicism (probably as a result of living in the hugely catholic country of France as a child and attending mass at Notre Dame, i guess) in spite of disagreeing with the Church's position on some modern aspects of society. However, I have recently begun attending an Episcopal church that has a strong Celtic Christian community, with Celtic mass twice a week. So I guess I'm just confused; I realize that the Catholic faith is what the original Celtic Christians practiced, but I also feel like the Episcopal church's stance on some things (the importance of taking care of the earth, belief that women can be spiritual leaders and that female saints can be just as powerful as male ones)is more in keeping with what I know about Celtic Christianity.

What do you think?
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Keep in mind that the original Celtic Christians associated with the Catholic church because it was the only form of Christianity present on their side of the world (or at all in some cases) but they had conflicts with church dogma. Some of those conflicts are the same ones you mention. I'm not terribly familiar with Episcopal beliefs, but from your description it sounds like they match to a decent extent with what I know about Celtic churches. Might have to look into them myself.
I was raised United Methodist and stayed there because by and large most UMC parishes in our area are not going to freak out at people whose beliefs are a little bit different than the party line. (IE: more likely to be tolerant of anything "Celtic Christian" that might crop up)
I say, find a church you love and feel comfortable in, and go with it! :D

Even within denominations, individual churches aren't all the same. Catholic churches often differ greatly in various ways--I always take my time to visit different ones before deciding which to join. I opt for ones that 1) are physically beautiful, 2) have good-quality traditional music, 3) show honor to a variety of saints, 4) empower all lay to take spiritually active roles, and 5) have priests who do a good job of relating the scriptures and church traditions to everyone's lives. I always like to go to churches that are strong in Irish heritage, but they're not always available. Still, I can honestly say that no matter where I live, I always find at least one church that meets my "criteria." :)
Good advice; I agree, on the whole. Each person is an individual, and the Lord surely likes variety (He's great at customizing!).

I have yet to attend an actual Celtic liturgy, but would love to.
My main criteria:) are:
-God's Word preached in a church,
-Jesus' love showed,
-and ask yourself how You can be useful and fruitful for God there.
anyways, I believe that your own relationship with Jesus is the most important thing.
If you have one just search real christians,those who follow Jesus, and join them to worship God together:)
emi:)
Celtic Druids. [taken from http://jahtruth.co.uk/celtdrd.htm ]



Celtic Druids have been badly maligned over the ages and there is a lot of nonsense talked, and believed, about druidism. The word Druid means Truth. Pontius Pilate, who washed his hands, asked Jesus, 'What is Truth?'

The Celts are Israelites, as explained in one of my previous articles, and the Druids were/are Hebrews, who, just like in Jerusalem at that time, had the doctrine of animal (lamb) sacrifice as atonement for sins, by animal substitution. At the time that was the Israelite religion and was from the Holy Bible and was not pagan, when carried out in its purest form. Of course, as with all the other religions, very few adhered to the true faith, just as there are hundreds of thousands of christian churches that teach the opposite of what Christ actually said.

The Celtic Druids held their three§ sacred festivals every year at their main religious sites, the major site being Tara, which was their equivalent to Jerusalem, or their Jerusalem in exile.


§ Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the "I AM" thy God in the place which He shall choose; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the "I AM" empty:
16:17 Every man [shall give] as he is able, according to the blessing of the "I AM" thy God which He hath given thee.
16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the "I AM" thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just Judgment.
16:19 Thou shalt not pervert Judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
16:20 That which is totally just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the "I AM" thy God giveth thee.


False teachings, by later religions, have accused the Druids of human-sacrifice but no human sacrificial-remains have ever been found at Druid sites; only animal bones, most of which, like at Jerusalem, were lambs.

The true Druidic teachings came from The Torah, which means The Law and is the collective term for the Five Books of Moses, that are the first five Books of The Holy Bible; the originals of which are kept in The Ark of The Covenant; taught about the coming of Yesu (Jesus) and so when the true teachings of, and about, Jesus, came to the British Isles, the majority of the Druids accepted them with open-arms.

Later when the true teachings of Jesus were corrupted by people calling themselves christians, many of the Druids broke away from christianity and reverted to their old religion.

JAH.