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Die keltische Kirche in Deutschland ist ab Aufgabe des e.V. beim VR Hamm (Aufhebung steht unmittelbar bevor) fester Teil und Teilkirche der unabhängig-katholischen Kirche e.V.




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Die Keltische Kirche in Deutschland ist eine ökumenisch ausgerichtete und lebende Kirche. Sie hat sich den Aufruf des Apostels Paulus zu Eigen gemacht, in dem es heißt: " Bemüht euch, die Einheit des Geistes zu wahren durch den Frieden, der euch zusammenhält" Eph 4,3


Die KKD ist offen für ökumenische Begegnungen im Sinne des Gedankens der "Einen Kirche".


Über die Offenheit gegenüber ökumenische Begegnungen, ist die KKD Mitglied in der freikirchlich katholischen Bewegung. Diese Bewegung entstand 2016 aus der Sehnsucht, eine fundierte Grundlage für ein kirchliches Miteinander von kleinen Kirchen zu schaffen.

Die freikirchlich katholische Bewegung dient dabei als Plattform, Gemeinsamkeiten, Ideen und Visionen hervorzuheben und Uneinigkeiten aus dem Weg zu schaffen. Es werden gemeinsam Visionen entwickelt, die helfen sollen, die o.g. Einigkeit im Geist durch das Band des Friedens zu wahren. (vgl. Eph 4,3)



Die keltische Kirche in Deutschland ist Teil der Unabhängig-katholischen Kirche.

Beide Kirchen behalten dabei ihre absolute Selbständigkeit. Sie tauschen Erfahrungen und Ideen aus, unterstützen sich über bürokratische Fragestellungen hinaus ganz besonders im seelsorglichen Bereich. Gemeinsame Gottesdienste, Aus- und Fortbildungssequenzen und der Erfahrungsaustausch zwischen den Seelsorgerinnen und Seelsorgern nehmen in dieser Partnerschaft eine tragende Rolle ein.





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Clergy Of The Celtic Church In Scotland

 The Celtic Church In Scotland has clergy all over the British Isles, provding Christian Celtic Worship. All our deacons and priests are fully ordained in the Celtic Apostolic Church and can provide Christian services of the Church.

The map opposite shows the locations of the churches and commmunties of the Celtic Church In Scotland. To view details of our clergy please click on the locations marked on the map.

The locations in the British Isles of our clergy are as follows:

  • Angus
  • Cornwall
  • Edinbrugh
  • Lothian
  • Lanarkshire


The Clergy Of The Church

Each of the individual churches and communities of the Celtic Church in Scotland's clergy all provide their own services, under the rule of the Celtic Church.

If you would like to find out more about times of servives, marriages, baptism etc, please contact your local clergy, details of which can be found on the map above or contact the Celtic Church in Scotland direct.

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(blessings of God be with you)

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Oratory Of Saints Petroc & Piran

A Celtic Ministry, based in West Cornwall, aiming to meet the needs of the Cornish and those living in Cornwall.

It is our wish to show the way down the Celtic path to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Much of the Celtic way has been lost in the mists of time, but now you may journey with us to rediscover and establish again the Celtic Way in Cornwall.

We are here to help you on your life journey and to facilitate the times of lifes cross roads. The cross roads many know are birth, marriage and death, there are many more times when we may need to find a special way to mark a milestone in our lives. We are happy to help you by being the celebrant at your ceremony.

minicrossSt. Piran: Abbot of Lanpiran

 St. Piran (Born c.AD 480), is the most popular of the Patron Saints of Cornwall (the others being St. Michael and St. Petroc). His family origins are obscure, but the tradition that he came from Ireland is extremely strong. Misguided medieval hagiographers identified him with St. Ciaran of Saighir. Though the two names are arguably the same, an identification with St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, whose father is said to have come from Cornwall, is much more likely. Piran's father and mother are both given Irish ancestries. However, his father's name, Domuel, is certainly British and he was probably Prince Dywel ap Erbin of the Royal House of Dumnonia.

Piran spent his younger days in South Wales, where he founded a church in Caer-Teim (Cardiff). He probably received his religious schooling at the monastery of St. Cadog in Llancarfon where he would have met St. Finnian. Piran's mother being of Irish blood, the two presumably got on well and returned together to Ireland where Finnian founded some six monasteries, including his most famous one at Clonard (Meath). Piran-Ciaran lived here before moving on to live with St. Enda on Aran Island and then St. Senan on Scattery Island. He finally founded his own community at Clonmacnoise, "Ireland's University".

Cornish legend tells how, in old age, Piran was captured by the local pagan Irish. Jealous of his miraculous healing powers, they tied a millstone around his neck and threw him off a cliff and into the sea during an horrendous storm. As Piran hit the water, the storm abated and the millstone bobbed to the surface as though it were made of cork! With his new-found raft, Piran set sail for his homeland of Cornwall. He landed at Perran Beach, to which he gave his name, and built himself a small oratory on Penhale Sands at Perranporth, where he performed many miracles for the local people. It was excavated from the dunes during the 19th century, but has recently been reburied for its own protection. He was eventually joined by others seeking solitude and so established the Abbey of Lanpiran.

Piran's rise to be Cornwall's Patron stems from his popularity with the Cornish tin-miners. It is said that Piran himself first discovered tin in Cornwall (or rediscovered what the Romans knew well) when he used a large black Cornish rock to build himself a fireplace. He was amazed to find that, as the flames grew hotter, a trickle of pure white metal began to ooze from the stone. He shared this knowledge with the local people and thus provided the Cornish with a lucrative living. The locals were so delighted that they held a sumptuous feast in Piran's honour where the wine ran like water. Piran was fond of the odd tipple and he is still remembered today in the Cornish phrase "As drunk as a Perraner". The trickling white metal upon its black background, however, remains his most enduring memorial as the White Cross of St. Piran on the Cornish National flag.

Piran founded churches at Perranuthno and Perranarworthal, and a chapel at Tintagel. His holy-well, the "Venton-Barren" was at Probus. He probably also made trips to Brittany where he became an associate of St. Cai. Here, Piran is remembered at Trézélidé, St. Peran, Loperan and Saint-Perran. Arthurian tradition, expounded by Geoffrey of Monmouth, says that he became chaplain to the great King Arthur and was made Archbishop of Ebrauc (York) after St. Samson was exiled by Saxon invasions. If so, it seems unlikely that he ever properly took up his Archiepiscopal See. Traditionally, Piran died at his little hermitage on 5th March though, as this is St. Ciaran of Saighir's Day, his true feast day may have been the 18th November as found in the Launceston Church Calendar. His relics were a great draw to pilgrims but, due to inundation by the sand, they were eventually moved inland to where the Parish Church of Perranzabuloe (St. Piran-in-the-Sands) was built to house them.


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Psalm 80:7-15
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! You brought a vine out of Egypt, you drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it, it took deep root and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River. Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it. Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see, have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.


minicrossSt. Petroc: Abbot of Lanwethinoc

 St Petroc,(c.468-564), the Patron Saint Cornwall, was a younger son of King Glywys Cernyw of Glywysing. Upon his father's death, the people of Glywysing called for Pedroc to take on the crown of one the country's sub-divisions like his brothers. Petroc, however wished to pursue a religious life and left, with several followers, to study in Ireland.

Some years later, Petroc and his band returned to Britain, landing on the shores of the River Camel in Cerniw (Cornwall). They were directed, by St. Samson, to the hermitage of St. Wethnoc who, seeing Petroc's superior piety agreed to give him his cell in return for Petroc naming the place Llanwethinoc (now Padstow - Petroc's Stow) in his honour. Petroc founded a monastery on the site but, after thirty years there, he decided to go on a pilgrimage to Rome, via Brittany. On his return journey, just as he reached Newton St. Petrock (Devon), it began to rain. Petroc predicted that this would soon stop, but it continued to rain for three days. In penance for such presumption, Petroc returned to Rome, travelled on to Jerusalem and finally settled in India where he lived for seven years on an island in the Indian Ocean.

Petroc eventually returned to Britain (with a wolf companion he had met in India), but may have gone on a further pilgrimage to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey), founding churches at St. Petrox (Dyfed) and Llanbedrog (Lleyn) on the way. Back in Cerniw, with the help of Saints Wethnoc and Samson, he defeated a mighty serpent which the late King Teudar of Penwith had used to devour his enemies. This done, he departed from his monastery at Llanwethinoc (Padstow) to live as a hermit in the woods at Nanceventon (Little Petherick). Some of his fellow monks followed his example at Vallis Fontis (St. Petroc Minor). It was while in the wilderness that a hunted deer saught shelter in St. Petroc's cell. Petroc protected it from the hungry grasp of King Constantine of Dumnonia and managed to convert him to Christianity into the bargain.

Petroc later moved still deeper into the Cornish countryside, where he discovered St. Guron living in a humble cell. Guron gave up his hermitage and moved south, allowing Petroc, with the backing of King Constantine, to establish a second monastery called Bothmena (Bodmin - the Abode of Monks) after the monks who lived there. Petroc eventually died at Treravel, while travelling between Nanceventon (Little Petherick) and Llanwethinoc (Padstow), and was buried at Padstow. The monks there later removed themselves, along with Petroc's body, to Bodmin where his beautiful Norman casket reliquary can still be seen today.

Beannachd Dia dhuit
(blessings of God be with you)

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 The Celtic Order of Saint Adamnan (COSA) trains and recruits monks and clergy under the watchful eye of its Abbot, The Right Reverend Julian Roche.

As Abbot of the teaching order, Right Rev. Julian interviews those who feel called to Holy Orders and undertakes police checks, etc before 'laying on of hands' (signifying admittance to the order), can take place. He then instructs the Brother or Sister in the practical aspects of becoming a Deacon and/or a Priest, before they become full clergy of the Celtic Apostolic Church.

If you are interested in joining the Celtic Order of St. Adamnan, you should take some time to read over the Rule of Cosa, and then download an application form and return it to The Celtic Church In The Scotland.

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minicrossThe Rule of COSA

Our Rule is an interpretation of the 6th century Rule of St. Columba

  • 1. Do not do things that please others but do not please God.
  • 2. As far as possible imitate Christ and the Apostles.
  • 3. Pray in a quiet and private place.
  • 4. Develop spiritual relationships with mature Christian men and women.
  • 5. Keep away from those who delight in gossip or criticism.
  • 6. Do not confide in people who are lazy or cannot control their tongues.
  • 7. Be submissive to those God has put in authority over you.
  • 8. Be prepared to die for the faith.
  • 9. Be disciplined, organised and methodical in all that you do.
  • 10. Forgive your enemies and pray for them.
  • 11. Spend some time regularly each day in prayer, good work and reading the Bible.
  • 12. Help those in need.
  • 13. Neither overeat, oversleep or speak more than you have to.
  • 14. Love God with all your heart and strength.
  • 15. Love your neighbour as yourself.

minicrossOur Saint: St Adamnan

 The Order is named after the Celtic Abbot of Iona. St. Adamnan, who was born at Drumhome in the county of Donegal in Ireland in the year 625.He entered a monastery there as a Novice, and on completion of his training he took his vows and became a Monk. Some time later Adamnan, moved to the Holy Island of Iona, where he having so impressed his brethren by his hard work and piety, was eventually installed as the ninth Abbot of the monastery in the year 697.

During his time at Iona, Adamnan, gave sanctuary to Alfrid, when the crown of Northumbria was in dispute, after the death of Alfrid’s father, King Oswy, some two years later in 686, when Alfrid had ascended the throne, Adamnan visited him to secure the release of a number of Irish prisoners.

In 688 Adamnan made several visits to English monasteries and was persuaded by St. Ceolfrid to adopt the Roman calendar for fixing the date of Easter, from this time Adamnan worked ceaselessly and with great success, to persuade the Irish monasteries to replace many of the Celtic practices with those of the Roman Church.

He succeeded in convincing the Council of Birr that women should be exempt from wars and that women and children should not be taken as prisoners or slaughtered, the Council named the agreement "Adamnan’s Law".

Adamnan was a scholar, noted for his piety, he wrote A Life Of St. Columba, one of the most important biographies of the Middle Ages, he was also the author of "De locis sanctis", a description of the East which was related to him, by a Frankish Bishop, Arculf, whose ship had been driven of course and went aground near Iona, whilst on his way home from Jerusalem.

Some Scottish historians believe that, St. Adamnan established a monastery at Dull, in Perthshire, although no standing ruins are visible, nor have any been found as yet. Adamnan was, in accordance with Celtic tradition declared a Saint during his own life time, and is also known, in Ireland as St. Eunan, the name Adamnan when translated from the Gaelic means Little Adam (or "Wee Adam").

Adamnan died at his monastery on the island of Iona, on the 23rd day of September in the year of our Lord 704, his feast day being celebrated each year on that date.

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The Celtic Church has existed in one form or another from within a decade of Christ's death and ressurection, it existed as an established church until the reformation, at which point it retreated into small Highland communities, until the 1800's when it was driven underground. Today, the Celtic Church is once again an established organisation, doing as the original Celtic Missionaries did; bringing the message of Christ to the people.

David Stalker   Primus smlThe Most Reverend David Stalker (retired) has been Primus and Bishop of All Fortrenn of the Celtic Apostolic Church (CAC) since it was established in its modern form in August 1995 until 2011.

Bishop MacLeod lives just south of Edinburgh from where he provides reassuring guidance to the church. In addition, he oversees the whole organisation, The Celtic Church in Scotland, comprising the Celtic Apostolic Church (CAC) and the Celtic Order of Saint Adamnan (COSA) which trains and recruits monks and clergy under the watchful eye of its Abbot, The Right Reverend Julian Roche.

Although the Celtic Apostolic Church is based in Scotland, it is becoming a world-wide organisation, with members in Germany, America, Australia, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.

It is interesting to note that the antiquity of British Church, has been unequivocally affirmed by five Papal councils during the Middle Ages: At the Council of Pisa, A.D. 1409, the Council confirmed that the British Church took precedence of all others since it was founded out of Jerusalem shortly after the crucifixion of Christ. The Council of Constance in 1419 AD and the Council of Siena in 1423 made similar proclamations. At the Council of Basle in 1431 it was stated that the Celtic Church took precedence of all others because it was founded by Joseph of Arimathaea immediately after the passion of Christ.

Archaeological evidence supports the existence of the Christian church in Britain during the first century with one of the earliest known church structures identified from approximately 140 A.D. This proves the Celtic Church is much older than the Roman Catholic Church, which was began in 326 A.D. by the Emperor Constantine.

Emperor Constantine, who legalized Christianity in the Roman Empire, had grown up in York. His mother, Helen, was a native Britain and a Christian. She was an influence in his conversion to Christianity. According to an account given in Lives of Saints, Published by John J. Crawley & Co, which is based on the writings of Eusebius, when Constantine was defending his empire from an attack by Maxentius with vastly superior forces, he suddenly remembered the crucified Christ his mother worshipped. It was then he knelt down and for the first time in his life prayed to God and received his now famous vision.

cross5Historians traditionally credit St. Ninian with spreading Christianity throughout Scotland in the latter part of the 4th century. However, Christianity had arrived in Scotland long before Ninian began building his monasteries and churches. With the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 AD. Christians in Jerusalem migrated to Antioch and Ephesus and it was from those cities missionaries continued to migrate from. Sometime around 75 or 80 AD the first missionaries from John's church in
Ephesus came into the northern Brittanic Isles and began building churches. The Church in Ephesus became an important influence to the established churches in northern Britain and Scotland. They accepted John's teaching that Easter should be celebrated at Passover, which became a trademark distinction of the Celtic Church.

Historians record that the Celtic Church played an important role in the early ecumenical councils. The first great council was held In 300 A.D. at the Council of Elvira in Spain. This was a council of all the existing Gallican Churches. The Celtic Church on the European continent was known as the Gallican Church and covered what is present day Spain, France, Switzerland and northern Italy. In Britain the Church was known simply as the Celtic Church. Again, In 314 A.D. three bishops from the Celtic Church in Britain attended the Council of Arles. And at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. the Celtic Church was again well represented, whereas the Roman church did not have a single bishop in attendance. In 359 A.D. when over 400 bishops met at the Council of Rimini to deal with the issue of Arianism bishops from the Celtic Church were present. In 600 A.D. when Augustine came to Britain to establish a mission from Rome he was greeted by Christians from St. Martin's Celtic Church (named for St. Martin of Tours), in Canterbury. It was said that he worshipped there until his church could be built.

The Celtic Church was known to the Reformers and much of the liturgy in the Anglican Church was modeled after the Celtic Liturgy. The Orthodox Church recognizes the validity of Anglican Orders in part because several post reformation Anglican bishops were assisted in their ordination by Celtic bishops (CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON, Archbishop of Armagh assisted the Archbishop of Canterbury in at least three Episcopal ordinations in the 17th century). Up to the 12th century it was very common for Roman Catholic bishops to be assisted in their ordination by Celtic bishops.

After the attacks on the monasteries during the reformation the church retreated entirely into the Highlands where worship continued in small communities in oratories and in people's homes. In the early 1800's the church came under attack again when the Highland Clearances began. This forced the church to go underground where it remained until the 20th century.

The Celtic Church was not destroyed or driven away, contrary to much that has been written to that effect. It has survived the ages and is alive and well today.

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