Welcome to the
Celtic Society of St. James
Celtic Teachings Through The Ages
The Celtic Society of St. James is a place where like-minded folks discover the roots of their Irish Celtic history and ancient Christianity by exploring what early Celts believed, including aspects of the "old" ways, as well as how they practiced their ancient faith and developed a spirituality that has caught the attention of modern Christianity. You are more than welcome to join us in this journey to find the roots of the Irish Celtic Faith. The Celtic Faith before the Celts was forced by the Romans to accept the Supremacy of Rome.
The Society of St. James is composed of like-minded people sharing a common heritage and culture. The Celtic Society of St. James is not a traditional church, but rather a society of like-minded individuals from all faith traditions seeking to find our Irish Celtic roots, ancient beliefs, and spiritual connection to that history and tradition within the context of our faith communities (churches) without forming a new church. We have two Abbots (traditional Celtic monastic bishops), who shall act as teaching elders within the Society. Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction remains with our Communion Partners and the several churches who participate in this Society. Apostolic Authority remains with our Communion Partners and the several churches who participate in this Society.
Celtic high cross in Ireland
The only request the Society of St. James makes is that you acknowledge the three historic Creeds of the Universal Church: The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. If you come from an Anglican tradition there are Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion in some form that we seek as a foundation of faith, as well. We affirm the Baptis...
St. James, brother of Jesus
By tradition and history, the Celts are acknowledged as the first Christian community outside the Holy Land. Since Celtic Christianity was established before the First Century it is classified as pre-Nicene. The wandering elders (clergy) of the earliest communities were loosely organized and served the many and varied Celtic tribes throughout Europe and the Middle East that had accepted a common form of Christian Faith.
The Celts were a people formed as tribal societies united by family, language, and faith. Celtic Christianity is believed to have been formed about 37 AD and was always autonomous, never serving any head of state, king, pontiff, or patriarch. These faith communities and societies spread throughout the Roman Empire.
Traditional Celtic Christianity was passed on orally until the Fourth Century when the Celts began to adopt Latin as their formal means of written communications. During the Third and Fourth Centuries, the Celtic monks founded and operated abbeys throughout Europe and the British Isles, including Ireland. These monks were never well organized and operated as wandering missionaries who played a critical role in both maintaining and establishing Christianity during the Dark and Middle Ages.