Catholic Dictionary

Term

CELTIC RITE

Definition

A variety of ritual forms used in churches of ancient Britain and Ireland; also in monasteries in Franc,e Germany, Switzerland, and Italy founded by St. Columbanus (550-615) and his disciples. Their points of difference from other rites were on the date of Easter, the manner of administering baptism, and the form of tonsure. The Celtic Rite prevailed from the earliest times until the thirteenth century.