Culdees, Celtic Christianity - Written by Fiona McLaren
An engraving by Anthony Walker in the late 1700s is the topic of one of the chapters and follows on from the portrait of Mary Magdalene and her flight to freedom.
It is of a monk sitting in the monastery garden and one copied from a painting by James Stuart, a surname strongly connected to the Scottish Royal Family. But why is the monk's tonsure different to those normally seen and why does an Egyptian temple figure in the picture. There is a fleur de ly hidden in the picture; why?
The chapter explores the fascinating history of the Culdees, or Ceile-de and their connection to the Judean refugees of the time of Jesus Christ and their migration to our shores; of their first church at Glastonbury. Was Mary Magdalene amongst them? Historical record tells us that Joseph of Arimethea was , and that they were given the name of The Culdees. The Culdees who are the unsung heroes/heroines of our era. It was they, who I believe, form the Merovingian Line, the bloodline of Christ and Mary Magdalene, a hereditary sect of God Worshippers.
The question has to be posed as to whether that was one of the reasons the Romans invaded Britain, in pursuit of them, to destroy their line. Evidence in this chapter certainly bears this out; the Romans arrived to kill the line of David.
This chapter then proceeds to make connections back to the Druids warping and wafting to produce a wonderful time capsule of history and lore to create an intriguing picture of a history which has been erased.
“I adore not the voice of birds,
Nor sneezing, nor things of this world.
For my Druid is Christ, the Son of God,
Christ, Son of Mary, the Great Abbot,
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”
St Columba of Iona; “Christ my Druid”
Readers will find themselves caught in the web of strong Masonic connections , threads which run throughout the whole book and one which links them to this story and their ancient origins, one shared with the Druids and the Culdee Monks and the Knights Templar.
The chapter concludes with observations and questions; why is the exquisite Book of Kells so Coptic in design, why is Iona such a sacred Isle. Why did the Church of Rome stipulate that Culdee monks on death must be supplanted by Benedictine ones. Why did the Church deem them to be heretics?
The Declaration of Arbroath; The American Declaration of Independence
This concentrates on a discussion and vision of the leather folder bearing the fleur de lis and the stamp found in its folds.