St. Brighid's Celtic Orthodox Procathedral

A place for the worship of God according to the ancient rites of the Ancient Celtic Orthodox Christian Church.

Founded by St. Brigit (Brigid) of Kildare, it is an expression of the way the Christian Faith of Ireland truly was, before Rome forced it's standards/Ideals on the Church by declaring that only the Church of Rome was the True Church, and any others were heretics. It is of important note that Ireland is the one place where Christianity became the predominant Faith with no bloodshed. All Irish Martyrs are what are known as White Martyrs, where a Christian totally commits his life to God, uniting himself completely to God, without the violent bloodshed and death of most Martyrs. The Ancient Celtic Orthodox Church is a return to the original faith that came from Ireland's true Saint, St. Brigit (Brigid) of Kildare, who was born of Ireland, unlike Patrick who was born of Britain. The Christian Faith of Brigid held a much closer tie to the land and the Earth, as Ireland was an agricultural society during the Early Christian Era, and many Irish people had trouble accepting Rome's more Urban ideals as to how the Church should be. (Remember that there were no Cities in early Ireland, unlike the rest of the Roman Empire.)

Mission: To bring forth the TRUE Faith of Ireland, with a reverence to Nature and the Land and all that GOD has created in it; and to show GOD's Love to ALL his children, regardless of age, race, gender or gender expression, or sexual orientation. GOD loves ALL his Children, be they gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, inter-sex, or any other way that GOD has made them to be.

[05/13/20]   Reading for the day:
John 21:15-25 (Matins Gospel)
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."
He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."
He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.
Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.
This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."
Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?"
Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?"
Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."
Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?"
This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

[03/23/20]   Calling all prayer warriors, I have a lot on my mind and heart and I'm sure you do as well with all that is going on in the world and all across our nation with this virus. There are so many unanswered questions, situations, rules and new regulations that will be affecting your life and family financially and personally and they are changing day by day. I decided getting an online prayer circle going would help. Much love to everyone who reads this. I believe that when someone asks you to pray for them, you pray because God called us to pray for one another and prayer should be given wholeheartedly. I decided to do this today because I'm standing in the need of prayer just as much as everyone else. Let's pray for each other today, regardless of who or what your spiritual foundation! All prayers needed right now. If I don't see your name, I'll understand. I ask my family and friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status to whisper a prayer for all of those who have family problems, financial problems, health struggles, job issues, or worries of any kind and for those that just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my family and friends just for prayer support. Especially pray for our leaders and healthcare workers and first responders and those with the virus. Pray for ALL the many people in need! Remember to share the material things that you have with those that do not have! You have to copy and paste this one, NO SHARING. Put your finger at the top of the post until the word copy shows, then go to your status and put your finger until the word paste comes up-click on paste and the passage should be there!!

The world is in crisis right now and we need prayer more than ever!!
Praying right now. Amen!❤️

This was passed on by a dear Friend of mine...we are in all need of prayer right now especially...I lift all up in prayer that we draw closer our Almighty and he will journey with us through this crisis 🙏✝️

[03/01/20]   Sunday of Forgiveness, Tone 4
Cheesefare Sunday; Dairy and Meat excluded
(NOTE: Dispensation is given to the Fasting diet to those who receive Doctor's orders. The dispensation is granted in writing from the Office of the Bishop.)
The 1st Reading is written in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, the 13th Chapter, the 11th Verse through the 14th Chapter, the 4th Verse.
Do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our Salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness; and let us put on the Armor of Light. Let us walk properly, as in the day; not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Iosa (YŌ-sə) the Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Receive one who is weak in the Faith, but not to dispute over doubtful things. For one believeth he may eat all things, but he who is weak eateth only vegetables. Let not him who eateth despise him who doth not eat, and let not him who doth not eat judge him who eateth; for God hath received him. Who art thou to judge another’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
The 1st Reading is written in the 6th Chapter of the Gospel According to St. Matthew, the 14th through the 21st Verses. Iosa (YŌ-sə)
“If ye forgive men their trespasses, thy Heavenly Father will also forgive thee. But if ye do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will thy Father forgive thy trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But ye, when ye fast, anoint thy head and wash thy face, so that ye do not appear to men to be fasting, but to thy Father Who is in the secret place; and thy Father Who seeth in secret will reward thee openly. Do not lay up for thyselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for thyselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroyeth and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where thy treasure is, there thy heart will be also.”

[03/01/20]   Blessèd and happy Sunday to us all. Today is the day when Orthodox Christians complete preparations of their hearts and bodies for the Lenten season. It is called "Cheesefare Sunday". As we gave up the eating of red meat and Meat byproducts (eggs, fat...) last Sunday, we give up all dairy products on this day. As in Judaism and the early Church, we start at sundown on the eve before. The fasting goes throughout the season until Easter Sunday (we call it Resurrection Sunday). If a person (over 12) has a medical condition that makes any part of the Fast impossible to maintain health, they bring a Dr. note to their Pastor, who gets a written dispensation from the Bishop. Now, before any out there start calling us "holier than thou", it is the duty of the Clergy to constantly remind us all that our Lord told us to not make a big deal when we fast. Wash the face, dress the same as always, & act normal for ourselves. The Epistle to the Romans for tomorrow tells us "Receive one who is weak in the Faith, but not to dispute over doubtful things. For one believeth he may eat all things, but he who is weak eateth only vegetables. Let not him who eateth despise him who doth not eat, and let not him who doth not eat judge him who eateth; for God hath received him." NO ONE, from the loftier to the loveliest, has the right nor the privilege to look down upon ANYONE, nor to put another down for their beliefs. This is why the older Churches practice remind us of that very thing. All are equal in the eyes of God, but what we do for or to others determines which will be our final destination. God bless all.+++

“Ag Críost an Síol” a St. Patrick’s Day song to remember An Irish hymn as Gaelige, for St. Patrick's Day, which seemed to momentarily restore us to our senses, deeply reconnecting us all to something.

From the depths of my heart I congratulate you all on the radiant feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The wondrous miracle of the incarnation of God, which was accomplished more than two thousand years ago, today fills our souls with ineffable joy. “Today God has come upon the earth and man ascends to the heavens” (Verse for Festal Vespers). The Maker and Provider of all things has appeared in the world, for by his grace he could not “behold mankind oppressed by the devil” (from the Office for Baptism); “overcome by love, he who has no beginning and who is beyond expression came to seek out his lost creation” (Kontakion for the Parable of the Lost Coin by St. Roman the Melodist).

The amazing prophecies of the great heralds of the Word of God have come true, and before humankind, which for thousands of years has awaited salvation and deliverance, exhausted by the burden of sin, suffering from a curse not only during its earthly life but also in the world beyond, the gates of heaven have now been opened. “From the ever-blossoming Virgin there received flesh” our Lord Jesus Christ (Canon for the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God), and the cherubim, guarding the entrance to paradise with a sword of fire, “withdraw from the tree of life” (Verse for Festal Vespers). The Divine Infant has been born for the salvation of the world, who was “born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children” (Gal 4:4-5).

Inconceivable is the Lord’s humility: in being the omnipotent Master, he appears to people as a helpless infant; in being God, he assumes corruptible flesh and endures the afflictions of earthly life; in being the Immortal One, he goes voluntarily to his tortuous and shameful death. And he does all of this not for the select few – the prophets, righteous and his faithful servants. Christ comes for each one of us, he desires salvation for all without exception – the sinners and the evildoers, the indifferent and the neglectful, the cowardly and the angry, even his murderers!

The Lord turns nobody away, never disdains anyone; on the contrary, he assumes our human flesh, renews it through his divine incarnation, his sufferings on the cross and his life-bearing resurrection; he raises it up into the bosom of the Holy Trinity and sanctifies it by his presence rightward the throne of God. And it is of the life-creating body of Christ, his most pure blood shed for each one of us that we partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist – and we become one with the same body and the same blood of not only with the Savior but also with each other.

However, today we unfortunately see the waves of discord rocking the ship of the Church, the storm of arguments and contradictions undermining the unity of the Orthodox faithful, people, overpowered by the darkness of the enemy and tempter, discarding the Fount of living water in favor of the “the murky fount of ungodly heresies that is unfit to drink from” (Canon to the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council). At this difficult time, we must all recall that the Lord was born, crucified and rose from the dead for each one of us, that he founded on earth the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In belonging to the Church, we are called upon to overcome discord, confrontation and conflict, to heal divisions, to help those who endure the horrors of war and suffer from oppression and injustice.

The Lord was born not in a royal palace but in a lowly cave in “abject poverty”. What, it would seem, could be worse than a cavern and poorer than a manger for cattle? Yet such a place does exist – it is the desert of the human heart scorched by sin, alienated from God, neither cold nor hot, wasted and enslaved by the passions. It is, however, within our power to make our soul a dwelling-place for God, to remember that the Lord is near, at the very gates, and that he humbly waits for us to finally see him with the eyes of faith, admit him into our lives, hear his words and respond to his love and allow him to act within us.

The whole world rejoices in the most glorious nativity of the Saviour: the angels sing hymns of praise, the shepherds are exultant, the magi worship and bring gifts to him, and it is only the embittered heart of Herod, full of envy, that does not wish to accept the divine truth, does not rejoice, yet trembles not from the fear of God but from cowardice. Let us ponder whether we too are not like him in our deeds, whether we do not make our priority our own well-being and comfort, whether we are not afraid that someone may be better than us, more talented, kinder, whether we do not do evil to such a person in trying to hurt or humiliate him before others, cast him down from his pedestal so that we may raise ourselves up a step higher. Is it not the case that the source of truth for us is not the Lord and his sacred commandments, but our very own selves? Do we not tempt others in passing off as truth our own self-serving fantasies, do we not rend asunder Christ’s robe through our ambitious actions, do we not sow the seeds of discord and discontent among our brothers and sisters in the faith?

As we gaze now upon the Divine Infant Christ and stand face to face with the divine truth, let us cast aside the “weight” of passions and “sin that clings so closely” (Heb 12:1), let us send up our ardent prayers for the strengthening of the unity of Orthodoxy and the increase of love, recalling that “love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things” (1 Cor 13:4-7).

The liturgical texts for the feast glorify not only the Lord who has been born for our salvation, but also those thanks to whom his incarnation became possible – the Most Pure Virgin Mary, the righteous Joseph the Betrothed and the holy forefathers. Let us also remember on this solemn day those who are close to us: let us visit our parents and friends, devote our attention to them, find kind words, and thank them for all they do for us. May our hearts, filled with love of God and neighbor, become the abode for the All-Merciful Christ, who is “Pre-eternal and Inconceivable, and Co-eternal with the invisible Father” (Sessional Hymn for Festal Vespers). Amen.

[06/02/18]   Readings for Sunday:
1st Sunday after Pentecost
+ THE 1st LESSON +
After the Reader is blessed and is standing at the Lectern, he/she says or chants:

V: The Lesson is written in the 1st Chapter of Ephesians, beginning with the 3rd Verse.

V: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Iosa (YŌ-suh) the Christ, Who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in the Christ: as He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity. Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Iosa (YŌ-suh) the Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of His Will: unto the Praise of the Glory of His Grace, in which he hath graced us in His Belovèd Son. In Whom we have Redemption through His Blood, the Remission of sins, according to the riches of His Grace, which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence, that He might make known unto us the Mystery of His Will, according to His good pleasure, which He hath purposed in Him, in the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in the Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in Him. In Whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things according to the counsel of His Will. That we may be unto the praise of His Glory, we who before hoped for the Christ: [13] In whom ye also, after ye had heard the Word of Truth (the Gospel of thy Salvation); in Whom also believing, ye were signed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the Redemption of acquisition, unto the Praise of His Glory.

At the completion of the Epistle, the Reader says or chants the following:

V: Here endeth the Reading.
R: Thanks be to God.

After the Gospelary and the Diacon are censed and blessed, and the Gospelary is processed to the center of the Quire, the Diacon says or chants the following, as all make the Sign of the Cross on the brow, the lips, and the heart:

V: The Holy Gospel is +++ written in the 3rd Chapter of the Gospel According to St. Matthew, beginning with the 7th Verse.

R: (bow) Glory be to Thee, O Lord. (rise)

V: Seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, John said to them: "Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed ye to flee from the Wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance. And think not to say within thyselves, 'We have Abraham for our father.' For I tell ye that God is able of these STONES to raise up children to Abraham. For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize ye in the water unto penance, but He that shall come after me, is mightier than I, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; He shall baptize ye in the Holy Spirit and fire. Whose fan is in His hand; and He will thoroughly cleanse His floor and gather His wheat into the barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire." Then cometh Iosa (YŌ-suh) from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him. But John stayed Him, saying: "I ought to be baptized by Thee, and comest Thou to me?" And Iosa (YŌ-suh) answering, said to him: "Suffer it to be so now. For so it becometh us to fulfill all justice." Then he suffered Him. And Iosa (YŌ-suh) having been baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to Him: and they saw the Spirit of God descending as a Dove, and coming upon Him. And behold a voice from heaven, saying: "This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."

At the completion of the reading, the Diacon bows over the Gospelary, saying or chanting:

V: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
R: (bow) Praise be to Thee, O Christ. (rise)

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