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The Ancient Apostolic Church
The Ancient Apostolic Church

is a Church that upholds the traditional
values of Church in the Roman Catholic sense. We use a number of Liturgies
From the Novus Ordo to the Liberal  Rite.
Our Clergy come from all lifestyles but strive to maintain the hours of the day and to
Dedicate their time to helping others.
We as a Church are dedicated to building an ecumenical side of the Church
which is dedicated to building interdenominational relations with other Churches

and Orders.
We have a strong sense of family and commitment within the Church and regularly meet for worship and services
Where all are welcome to join us. We are as our name suggests are from a Re-formed Old Roman
Catholic Church, where a number of our Clergy and Bishops have ties with that Church.
We are not Roman Catholic but are Old Roman Catholic’s we have a long history
Within the UK dating back to the 7 th century.

As a Church we also have various Religious and while some are closed Orders
Membership can still be sought.

The Ancient Apostolic Church embodies the canonical denomination of Ancient Catholicism, possessing its own inherent Pontifical authority. Ancient Catholicism is the primary and original denomination, which is the earliest pre-Christian source of all classical Christianity. This most sacred tradition survived through the Biblical Ancient Priesthood of Solomon, which was recovered and restored by the chivalric Order of the Temple of Solomon in the 12th century, and again by legitimate successors to the Knights Templar in the 21st century.
The Ancient Apostolic Church, continuing the Priesthood of the Biblical Solomon, is the autonomous ecclesiastical institution preserved and supported by the Templar Order, providing a canonical 1st – 12th century classical Church experience.
In the classical ecclesiastical traditions, the world religious culture of Catholicism is much larger and more diverse than the Vatican Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church. The rest of “the Catholic world” is generally known as “Independent Churches” of “Old Catholicism”, “Reformed Catholicism” and “Liberal Catholicism”, collectively recognized by the Vatican as a legitimate and canonical Church movement in its own right, having valid Sacraments and Holy Orders.  This recognition was confirmed in the Vatican Papal Bull Dominus Iesus of 2000 AD [1].
The Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism is historically and canonically the only Pontifical Catholicate which unifies and represents the 12th century Independent Church Movement, the derivative 19th century Old Catholic Movement and Reformed Catholic Movement, and the resulting early 20th century Liberal Catholic Movement:
Following the precedent of the Vatican grant of sovereignty to the Templar Order (based on ecclesiastical authority of the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon) in 1139 AD, the “Independent Church Movement” was created only six years later in 1145 AD by Pope Eugene III. It was established in Utrecht as a sovereign possession of the Teutonic Knights [2] as a branch of the Knights Templar [3], as part of the Templar missions of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux [4] [5] who had sponsored the founding Templar mission to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon [6]. The Independent Church Movement was solidified in 1520 AD under Philip of Burgundy, the Bishop of Utrecht, who was a Teutonic Knight and a leader of cultural Templarism [7].
The Independent Church Movement, led by Independent Bishops of cultural Templarism, created the “Old Catholic Movement” in 1870 AD, ratified by the Old Catholic Congress in 1871 AD, which declares “Adherence to the Ancient Catholic faith… of the Ancient Church” [8]. This was solidified by the Declaration of Utrecht in 1889 AD, which specifically recognizes the “historical primacy… of the Ancient Church” (Article 2) and “Ancient Catholic doctrine” (Article 6) [9]. For these reasons, the Old Catholic Movement is often interchangeably referred to by many scholars as the “Ancient Catholic Movement”, confirming its original foundations in the 12th century Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism.
The “Reformed Catholic Movement” was established in 1879 AD by the Irish Roman Catholic Bishop James O’Connor, with a group of Clergy who left the Vatican to be Independent Bishops. The Reformed movement embodies traditional Catholic practices, characterized by some Protestant and Evangelical doctrines of direct communion through the Holy Spirit [10].
The Liberal Catholic Movement was established in 1916 AD by Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew (Roman Catholic Priest, made Doctor of Divinity by Pope Pius IX, first Old Catholic Bishop of Great Britain in 1908 AD), Bishop James Ingall Wedgewood (British Anglican, Sorbonne doctoral scholar) and Bishop Charles Webster Leadbeater (British Anglican Priest). As a revival of the ancient Egyptian sacred wisdom underlying Christianity, it was primarily inspired by the Ancient Catholicism of Templar heritage. The Liberal Catholic Movement is the most widely recognized tradition within Old Catholicism [11].
While isolated Churches of the Old Catholic, Reformed Catholic and Liberal Catholic movements have a tendency to be schismatic, the Ancient Apostolic Church serves as the unifying denomination, by providing the 12th century foundations of the original underlying Independent Church Movement. The Pontificate thus provides the stability for all schisms to be reconciled, and all apparent differences to be resolved, through the most ancient and timeless doctrines of 1st century Ancient Catholicism, as restored and preserved by the Templar Order.

The Ancient Apostolic Church provides a culture of inclusiveness and unification, with a policy of respect for diversity, in the spirit of religious and intellectual freedom. This gives the participating Churches and Faithful all of the benefits and advantages of being supported by their own “Vatican”, without the customary limitations or disadvantages. All member Churches and Faithful thus enjoy the open-handed guidance and spiritual leadership of the Catholicate, receiving an infusion of ancient and classical sacred knowledge as the foundations for an unshakeable Faith, with full respect for their individual preferences.
The word “Catholic” is from the Latin ‘Catholicus‘, which actually means “Universal”, in the sense of being the “general” foundation for otherwise diverse groups.  The word “Catholic” was first applied to the Holy See of the Church of Rome ca. 1554 AD. [12] Prior to that 16th century Vatican usage, the concept of “Catholic” was a basic mission of the 1st century Ancient Church: The Apostles taught the first Churches “to keep the unity of the Spirit… till we all come in the unity of the Faith… that we henceforth be no more [distracted], tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:1-16) [13].
Because the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon includes the direct origins of many practices which are particular to Roman Catholicism, this early Christian denomination is properly called Ancient Catholicism. As it predates all later derivative doctrines which developed after the 1st century, while it contains much of the elegance, scholarship and formality of Catholic tradition, it is completely free from any and all “dogmas”.
Because the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon continued through the Essenes to be practiced and taught by Jesus to the Apostles, it organically consists of the underlying foundations of all Christian denominations. As a result, Ancient Catholicism is compatible with all denominations of Christianity, thus making it – quite ironically – a “non-denominational” denomination.
Because of the great antiquity of the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon, it preserves the most universal doctrines which are the cornerstones of all genuine spiritual religions. Accordingly, the denomination of Ancient Catholicism is generally compatible with all major world religions, giving it a strong basis for interfaith ecumenical cooperation, while preserving the distinct respective heritage of all historical traditions.
In accordance with the Roman Catholic Code of Canon Law of 1983, the Ancient Catholic denomination incorporates “immemorial customs” from the ancient roots of Christianity, and “centennial customs” of all derivative Christian denominations (Canon 26), which cannot be revoked (Canon 28) as long as they are “reasonable” (Canon 24, §2); Canon law also guarantees freedom of liturgy and “the right to follow their own form of spiritual life” within the Pontifical Catholicate (Canon 214). [14]
Therefore, all Churches and Faithful of various denominations, whether Old Catholic, Reformed Catholic, Liberal Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Episcopalian, Celtic, Gnostic, or otherwise, can fully participate in the religious life of the Ancient Catholic Church: Clergy and practicing Faithful can choose the liturgies and prayers of their personal preference and inspiration; Churches of various denominations can be accepted into Full Communion with the Pontificate, while preserving their autonomy.
Supporting and representing an interdenominational membership of autonomous Churches in Communion, the primary role of the Ancient Apostolic Church is to restore and provide the underlying doctrines as educational sermons, seminary studies, ancient and classical liturgies for optional use, to strengthen and deepen the experience of Faith itself, in all participating denominations.
In practice, the inclusiveness of the Ancient Apostolic Church allows the experience of enjoying a balanced combination of the comfort of ceremonial sacraments with the inspiration of evangelical sermons.
Promoting ecumenical unification while preserving multidenominational independence, the Ancient Apostolic Church provides deeper dimensions of the true experience of Faith, through the most ancient original doctrines of early Christianity, which are the timeless foundations to rediscover an unshakeable Faith.


As a canonical denomination of inclusiveness, the Ancient Apostolic Church gives Christians “tradition without dogma”, gives Churches “unity with independence”, and gives Catholicism “diversity with direction”.
Ancient Catholicism is the most tolerant, diverse and inclusive denomination of classical Christianity. While preserving its own unique and distinct traditions since ancient times, it accommodates many practices which are considered “liberal” in the modern era. However, the apparent “liberalism” of the Ancient Apostolic Church is not from any compromise of traditional doctrines. Rather, this comes from a deeper understanding, supported by facts of the historical record, that the original doctrines of early 1st century Christianity are in fact much more inclusive than has been generally known.
All doctrines and practices of Ancient Catholicism are directly rooted in Biblical Scripture, interpreted in the context of verified historical facts of the original practice of Christianity as taught by Jesus the Nazarene, as clarified and supported by academic archaeology.
Women Equal in All Levels of Clergy – Women hold full and equal status in the Ancient Catholic Clergy, at all levels, and are canonically consecrated as Bishops (Genesis 1:26-28; Mark 15:40-41; Acts 1:14; Romans 16:1; I Corinthians 11:8-12) [15].
Married Priests: Celibacy Not Required – Married Priests are accepted and encouraged. While voluntary celibacy is respected and has recognized advantages, Clergy are not expected to be celibate (Genesis 2:18; I Corinthians 7:1-2, 7:5). In scripture, Priests are not expected to be above nor without worldly entanglements (including marriage), specifically as life experience to be better Priests (Hebrews 5:1-2; Ephesians 3:7-8). The Apostles explicitly wrote that both Deacons and Bishops were actually strongly encouraged to be married and the head of a family, which was considered to give qualifying skills beneficial to managing the Church (I Timothy 3:12, 3:2-5; Titus 1:5-9) [16].
Divorce & Remarriage Permitted – Divorce is discouraged but permitted (Matthew 5:31, 19:8), and remarriage is supported and encouraged, as a fundamental God-given right of companionship (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6) [17].
Open Communion for All Seekers – Open communion is practiced, such that all spiritual seekers who are interested, whether from other denominations or even from other religions, are welcome to participate in all fellowship, rites and sacraments of the Church (Acts 2:44-47; I John 1:3-7) [18].
‘Education’ Louis Tiffany Window (1890 AD), at Yale University, portraying Science & Religion in harmony
Science & Religion Together – Science and religion are considered to be not only compatible, but actually interdependent, because scripture confirms that the physical universe is a rational, ordered universe of nature, created by God by intelligent design (Job 38:4-5; Isaiah 40:12; Psalm 19:1-4) [19].  Accordingly, exploring the esoteric mechanics of that universe through empirical science serves to reveal the glory of God (Psalm 111:2-4; Ecclesiastes 1:13-17; Romans 1:19-20) [20].  Moreover, God is the source of all learning, knowledge, understanding and wisdom, including science (Daniel 1:17, 2:21; I Kings 4:29) [21].  Jesus himself taught that it is necessary to understand the principles of science, in order to appreciate the intelligent design of the kingdom of God (John 3:12) [22].
Freedom of Liturgical and Cultural Preference – Churches in communion with the Ancient Apostolic Church enjoy independence and freedom of liturgy, thus promoting diversity of many socio-cultural approaches to Catholic Christianity from differing historical traditions.  Jesus taught that whenever Bishops “shall agree on earth” on the form or substance of any prayer, “it shall be done for them… in heaven” (Matthew 18:19), and that prayers are made effective by the faith in one’s heart, not the form of words (Mark 11:24) [23]. The Apostles taught that Priests minister by the spirit, not the letter, of the Gospel (II Corinthians 3:6), and that prayers are made effective by the Holy Spirit, even when we cannot find adequate words (Romans8:26-27) [24].  This doctrine of “intent over form”, and thus freedom of liturgy, is confirmed in traditional Canon law (Canon 214) [25].

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