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Celtic Christian Worship

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Quiet and Contemplative...

Seasonally we celebrate worship through candles and Celtic music, moments of silent meditation, and Scripture lessons interwoven with the ancient writings of early Christians.

Celtic Communion...
"The Bannock and Wine of the Chief's Table"


Seven Celtic Christian Distinctives 

*Simplicity - Celtic Christian faith lacks the emphasis on complicated rationalist doctrine found in most of Western Christianity.

*Holism - modern Christians tend to compartmentalize life. Celtic Christianity refuses to separate life into the spiritual and material, the hearts and head, the sacred days and work days, etc.

*Mystery - much of the Christian subculture in America is bureaucratic, programmatic, and political. Celtic Christianity speaks to the mystical unity that arises from understanding the limitations of human knowledge.

*Immanence - Celtic Christian faith teaches that God is present with his creation.

*Environment - Celtic faith encourages earth-keeping as a way to honor God.

*Equality - Celtic Christianity regards all persons as equal and  erases the separation between clergy and laity, men and women, etc.

*Hope - Celtic Christian faith looks first for good rather than evil in all things.

 

Celtic_Cross_2.jpgIntroducing the Celtic Christians

According to scholar J. Philip Newell, there are two distinct spiritualities in the New Testament, one favoring a search for God in the ordained teaching and life of the Church, and  a second that lends itself to listening for God in the heart of Life.  Both are important and each is incomplete without the others.

Western Christianity has tended to emphasize the authority and legitimacy of the institutional church to the detriment of personal spirituality. It has encouraged a materialistic appreciation of manmade things and ideas and discouraged a deep appreciation for the natural world.  Spirituality that listens for the heartbeat of God has largely been ignored.

            Within the history, stories, poetry, art, and music of the ancient Celtic Christians (c. 4th through 8th Centuries) is found a rich mystical religious tradition that can help us rediscover the mystery of faith today. The Celtic churches were among the first planted in the Western world, primarily in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and throughout the British Isles. These small, close-knit communities practiced faith that featured an intertwining of the spiritual and the material, of heaven and earth, of time and eternity. Moreover, the Celtic Christians maintained their intense devotion to God  within an extremely pagan culture.

Many of the most beautiful prayers of the Scottish Celtic Christian tradition were passed orally from generation to generation until they were finally recorded in the collection, Carmina Gadelica (“songs and poems of the Gaels”), which celebrates the presence of God in all times and elements, but does not confuse God with the created order itself.