Friday, 8 March 2013

The English Church

Foundation of the English Church in Canterbury
Through the Gospel, the Church became established in England during the latter half of the sixth century. This came about in the Kingdom of Kent during the reign of King Ethelbert, who converted to the Christian Faith of his consort Queen Bertha.
In the Kentish capital, Canterbury, Ethelbert restored a preexisting chapel dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, primarily for his consort Bertha in order that she could practice her Faith in Christ. King Ethelbert himself, together with a number of Kentish families, embraced the Faith, and this is how the seat of the English Church became established in Canterbury.

Foundation of the English Church in Northumbria
During the first half of the seventh century, King Oswald of Northumbria called over to his kingdom Celtic missionaries from a monastery on the Isle of Iona in the Hebrides. In answer to Oswald's request, an Irish monk named Aidan founded a monastery on the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, and together with his Irish and Scotic companions of the Celtic clergy, established the Christian Faith within the northern English kingdom.

One English Church Built on Christ's Foundations
The English Church cannot be separated from its origins, and so the true Leader of our Church is Jesus Christ. The Gospel and the Holy Scriptures in general are our founding Book of Truth.
Our Church cannot recognise Henry VIII as our founder, nor the house of Windsor as our head. No acclamation from the mass media and no declaration from Parliament can ever force onto our Church a head that is not ours. We will not recognise such a head!
Our Church will remain edified upon Christ's foundations, we will never renege our Faith in Christ our Leader, we will never give up our dedication to God the Almighty Father.

Basic Rules at the Sermon
On entering the Church through the open door, we do not make signs of crucifixion, for Jesus rose from the tomb at Easter.
When the Sermon is spoken, the gathered congregation does not talk one to another, but listens attentively.
We must love the words that the priests speak of Jesus from the Holy Scriptures.
This is our Communion at the Sermon. 

No rituals are performed before, during or after the Sermon. The Christian Faith is not ritualistic, but meaningful.
Any meal that the congregation partakes in must be a proper meal served in dishes at tables in one room, and sanctity must prevail in the hearts of all who partake in the meal.

Church Estates
Each Parish church will be able to have an estate where local members of the Parish can be employed to cultivate produce for the Church. This will be stored in pantries and used free of charge for the Communion meals.
Donations from the faithful can be used to pay the wages of the local workers on these estates.

Don’t Take Sin into the Church
No-one should enter the Church with the assumption they are impersonating Jesus on the Cross. Making signs of crucifixion is to no avail, as Jesus gave himself in Sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. He rose from the tomb and returned to Life Eternal.

Jesus alone can give the remission from sin to a mortal person. No-one can take his place. No-one should enter the Church with desire for sin. Inside the Church, during the Sermon, no-one should question or discuss the Word of Jesus, but listen to what he imparted. People must love the words that the priests speak from Jesus in the Holy Scriptures.

The Church cannot and will not teach or justify anything that is sinful and contrary to the fulfilled Word of God in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus came as our Saviour, he did not come to lead people into perdition.

The Church will teach that which is in the fulfilled Holy Scriptures. Jesus cannot be intimidated into giving in to sinful ways. No law of the State and no intimidation from any human being can prevail over the Church, whose duty it is to make known the Word that our Saviour Jesus Christ taught us.

Written by D. Alexander

The Origins of the English Church (Kent)

Celtic Origins of the English Church (Northumbria)

Photo 1: Canterbury Cathedral

Photo 2: Church of Saint Martin, Canterbury, depicting Queen Bertha and her daughter Princess Ethelburga

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