Ancient British Church
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Morgan was given the full title Mar Pelagius I, Hierarch of Caerleon-on-Usk by Mar Julius in Oxfordshire in 1858. He is said to have conditionally "baptised, confirmed, ordained and consecrated" Pelagius the "first Patriarch" of the Church.
Pelagius and Julius planned the movement as an attempt to restore a form of Christianity in Britain that they called Neo-Celtic Christianity. They claimed that it existed in a hybrid, druidic form prior to the entry of Augustine of Canterbury and the Synod of Whitby. Pelagius hoped to establish a "tradition in Britain as part of a world-wide Orthodox Movement which would eventually lead to the reunion of Christendom".
The extensive publications of John Williams (Ab Ithel), Iolo Morganwg, Julius and Pelagius influenced the founding of the movement. Notable works include Saint Paul in Britain and The British Kymry or Britons of Cambria by Mar Pelagius and The Ecclesiastical Antiquities of The Cymry or Ancient British Church its History, Doctrine and Rites (cover with a sword and crossed keys pictured) by Ab Ithel.
The Church continued after his death, described as having "always remained rather shadowy, rather an idea than a community". It was thought that "the idea, no matter how shadowy was to survive."
Charles Isaac Stevens (1835-1917), a former presbyter of the Reformed Episcopal Church was consecrated as successor to Pelagius, taking the title 'Mar Theophilus I' in 1879. Stevens in turn consecrated an Armenian Vardapet called Leon Chechemian who became 'Mar Leon'. The Ancient British Church continued in the form of a lone, kind-hearted, renegade Anglican deacon called Herbert James Monzani Heard. Monzani was consecrated Archbishop of Selsey in 1922 and maintained the Ancient British Church until his death in 1947.
Monzani was succeeded by Jonathan Vartan Zotique (born Thomas William Brennand on 21 March 1946 in Toronto, Ontario). Zotique was consecrated Mar Zitikos and formed a small Ancient British Church in North America (The Autocephalous Glastonbury Rite in Diaspora). The line of succession also continued at least into the late 1950s in Britain under Dorian A. F. Herbert of Newport, Wales who was the head of the offshoot Ancient British Church (Agnostic). Succession from Morgan's Ancient British Church is also found in the Free Protestant Episcopal Church (now The Anglican Free Communion).
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