Linus, Claudia and Pudens

 

JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA built the first Christian Church in the world at Avalon, or Glastonbury, between A.D. 35 and A.D. 38. He was the brother of the father of the virgin MARY. The daughter of JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA was ANNA. She was therefore a cousin to the virgin MARY. ANNA married a prince of Britain, by whom from her was descended KING ARTHUR. Her daughter married LEAR of Troy from Judah. Their son was BRAN, surnamed the Blessed, father of the celebrated CARADOC, or CARACTACUS taken captive to Rome. His children were LINUS, Bishop of Rome, and CLAUDIA, who married the Roman officer PUDENS, whose children were the first saints at the Christian Church at Rome.

Jacob when he blessed Ephraim and Manasseh with his hands in the shape of a CROSS may have been implying that real blessings are the result of Christ's sacrifice and the freedom of Bible study found in Anglo-Saxon countries. Gildas, the earliest British historian, says that between A.D. 38 and 61 the Sun of Righteousness arose on these islands. Cardinal Baronius A.D. 35, says JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA, with twelve companions, came into Britain, and having preached the gospel there, died. In the Coming of the Saints by Taylor, 1906, the wanderings of JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA are traced from Palestine to Marseilles through Gaul, where he leaves disciples at each stopping place, and finally settles at Glastonbury, this last place being the only one which records his death. The "Chronicles of Eri" say JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA founded in Britain a race of kings. He was of the tribe of Judah and a companion of PAUL. It is interesting to notice that the English Church has purchased Glastonbury for 30,000 pounds and presented it to the nation 1908-9. The Councils of Pisa (1417), Constance (1419), Sena (1423), Basle (1431) all affirmed that Britain owed its Christianity to JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA.

The reference in 2 Timothy 4:21, "EUBULUS greeteth thee and PUDENS and LINUS and CLAUDIA" is entirely to the BRITISH (see also Rom. 16:13). CLAUDIA Rufina, the BRITISH wife of the high Roman official Aulus Rufus PUDENS is mentioned as a friend of Paul. Martial, Epigram 11:53, praises her in the first century: "Foreign CLAUDIA native of the BRITONS." Irenaeus, a disciple of Polycarp, wrote in 180 A.D. that "The apostles having founded and built up the church at Rome, committed the ministry of its supervision to LINUS. This is the LINUS mentioned by Paul in his Epistle to Timothy" (Irenaei Opera, lib. iii. c. I). EUBULUS or ARISTOBULUS was the first Bishop of BRITAIN sent here by St. Paul. (Greek Menology, Usser. Brit. Eccl. Ant., Clark's Ante Nicene Fathers, p.133.) PUDENS, a Roman officer stationed in Britain A.D. 61 (Chichester Inscription), married CLAUDIA, a British Princess (Martial 11:53) and daughter of CARADOC. LINUS, brother of CLAUDIA, was the first Bishop of Rome (Clemens Romanus); "Sanctissimus Linus frater Claudiae." See also Apostolic Constitutions, cir. A.D. 150. LINUS was the Christian son of CARADOC, or CARACTACUS. As he was a prince royal, the first bishop (LINUS) was a royal British bishop. This fact cuts out the myth of St. Peter. LINUS descended from Bran, the king of Britain, who descended from a royal line long antedating Julius Caesar.Sabellius Enno, lib. c. 5 says: "Christianity was privately professed elsewhere, but the first nation that proclaimed it as their religion, and called itself Christian after the name of Christ, was BRITAIN." Polydore Vergil, in the reign of Henry VII, and after him Cardinal Pole (A.D. 1555), both rigid Roman Catholics, affirmed in Parliament, the latter in his address to Philip and Mary, that "BRITAIN was the first of all countries to receive the Christian faith." Genebrard remarks: "The glory of BRITAIN consisted not only in this, that she was the first country which in a national capacity publicly professed herself Christian, but she made this confession when the Roman Empire itself was pagan, and a cruel persecutor of Christianity."

Was Constantine British?

Constantine the Great (A.D.265-336) was born and educated in BRITAIN (Baronius, ad ann. 306; Sozomen, Eccl. Hist., lib. i.c.v.). "The man must be mad, who, in the face of universal antiquity, refuses to believe that Constantine and his mother were BRITONS, born in BRITON" (Baronius, 306 A.D.) Archbishop Usher delivers a catalogue of twenty continental authorities affirming the truth of this statement, not one to the contrary. The Panegyrics of the Emperors, the geneology of his own family, as recited by one of his descendants, Constantine Paleologue, native records and traditions, all the circumstances of his career, demonstrate Constantine as a BRITON. Sozomen says, "It is well known the great Constantine received his Christian education in BRITAIN" (Eccl. Hist. lib. 1, c. v.). "Helen was unquestionably a BRITISH princess" writes Melancthon in Epistola, p. 189. "Christ showed to Constantine the BRITON the victory of the cross for his sceptre" declared Pope Urban in his Brief Britannica. "Constantine, born in BRITAIN, of a BRITISH mother, proclaimed emperor in BRITAIN beyond doubt, made his natal soil a participator in his glory" (Polydore Vergil in Historia Britt, p.381).



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