In defence of Holy England
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We Support Traditionalist, Kinist, Folkish and Identarian Christianity
The aim of this site is to help foster a renewal of English Christianity rooted in the ancient British and Anglo Saxon Church and its historic relationship with the Anglo Saxon English people.
The Anglo Saxon English people are a distinct nation, bound together by common origins, culture, history and all those things that a shared sense of belonging entails. We are the Angelcyn, the indigenous people of England, and we assert our right to exist and to celebrate this identity.
Anglo Saxon Christianity grew out of a fusion of the British/Celtic and Roman missions to the Angelcyn in the days before the Norman Conquest. The Celtic tradition pre-dates the Roman Church and was established by St Joseph of Arimathea himself. It also continued elements of the religion of the Druids. The English Church is heir to this and to a western Orthodox tradition that defined the Anglo Saxon Church until it was forcibly suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church following the Norman Conquest of England. We therefore consider that, as part of the indigenous ‘British Church’, the historic English Church forms a distinct branch the holy Church Catholic and is entitled to maintain its own jurisdiction.
We aim to build a traditionalist English Christianity that is rooted in our culture and which respects our identity. We use the term ‘Anglican’ in the sense of the historic ‘Ecclesia Anglicana’ or English Church. This is the Church that the modern CofE could have restored but did not. Furthermore, the modern CofE has now jettisoned the traditional Christian faith of our forefathers as well as its historic connection to the English people and culture. Instead, it sees itself as a semi-secular, liberal and universalist Church for the modern British state. ASA aims to foster an alternative to this. It seeks to call people back to God and help restore the bonds between Church and Folk as well as traditional values and morality. We also seek to restore the ethos of Germanic or Saxon Christianity that developed from a fusion of Christianity and our traditional Saxon warrior culture, which became embedded into medieval Christianity as Chivalry.
We believe that our modern world has become too detached from the natural world and that we should respect nature rather than exploit it. This might be through visiting the countryside if we live in urban areas, growing our own food and understanding how modern life and values can harm the environment. But it may also mean establishing agrarian and semi-agrarian communities. We believe that God’s presence exists throughout all of His creation as well as being separate from it and so we value and respect the natural world around us.
Today, many peoples around the world are re-discovering their ancestral folk traditions. The Church has had mixed views on these and has often been hostile to them. In Anglo Saxon times it was illegal to carry out even simple and apparently harmless rituals, such as votive offerings around wells. Punishments could be severe. And yet at the same time, the Church deliberately absorbed many folk traditions and Christianised them. Some of our folk traditions, such as Yuletide, were absorbed into Christianity right from the beginning. Even some traditions that were initially suppressed, such as well dressing or honouring ancestors, came to be accepted and Christianised in time. Indeed, the Church is now far more positive about encouraging some native peoples, such as the First Nations peoples of Canada, to reconnect with elements of their native culture and create an indigenous form of folk Christianity. And so ASA aims to explore our own folk traditions and promote those that still offer something to our modern world and which are consistent with our Christian faith.
Church is community. Not just a community of people who happen to attend the same service or believe in a particular fine point of doctrine. Rather a community which is based around being part of the Angelcyn. In this sense, we aim to foster and build an ethnic Church that reflects and values our identity as Anglo Saxon English people, whilst accepting and celebrating the great diversity of creation. We therefore do not seek to minister to everybody, trusting that there are plenty of other Church communities that can do this better than us.
Instead, our aim is to create strong English communities in which Christian worship is a central part of the wider communal life. Church life will be integrated into the general pattern of life; blessing food and things of value, private and communal feasts and other activities, votive offerings and prayers to Saints, relatives and the departed as well as holding more formalised services. We want our celebration to be sacramental, serious and yet fun. Most importantly, we want it to help English people connect to our traditional customs, re-inforce our sense of Englishness and strengthen our resolve to maintain our identity.