From: KDOWLING@delphi.com Date sent: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 22:18:53 -0500 (EST) Subject: Lenten Retreat In anticipation of the Feast of Saint Patrick of Ireland a Lenten Retreat will be held on Saturday, March 16 1996 N.S.. Accordingly, the Retreat will concentrate on the Christ-Centered Life of the Saints in the Breast Plate of Saint Patrick and other prayers. All are welcome (including children). Space is limited, so let us know early if you intend to come. There is no charge for the Liturgy or the Retreat. Retreat will begin with the Divine Liturgy according to an ancient Celtic form used by the Irish and Scottish Fathers and many missionaries to England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and parts of Italy. SCHEDULE: 9:00 A.M.-- Confession of Communicants All are welcome take bread blessed at the Liturgy and to attend the Retreat, but only Baptized and Confirmed Orthodox may receive Communion at the Liturgy. 10:00 A.M.-- The Divine Liturgy (Celtic usage). 12:00 Noon-- Lunch (See NOTE below) 1:00 P.M.-- Prayers for the Retreat 4:30 P.M.-- Closing Prayers Ascension Western Rite Orthodox Church is sponsoring this at the Days Inn, 3150 W Market Street, Akron Ohio. This site was selected due to its accessibility from I-77. It is located at the intersection of West Market Street and Ghent Road (South of the Ghent Road exit from I-77). NOTE: The hotel only permits food from the hotel restaurant in the hall. If there is sufficient interest, a prepaid lunch consisting of Pasta with marinara sauce, salad, beverage and a dessert will be served in the hall by the restaurant. If you are interested in the prepaid lunch, please send a check for $10.00 per person payable to Fr. Kristopher Dowling, S.S.B. If there is insufficient interest in the lunch, the fee will be refunded, otherwise it is non-refundable. There are other restaurants in the area. Once again, note that space is limited. Let us know early if you intend to come so that we can get a confirmation back to you. Ascension Western Rite Orthodox Church Box 72102, Akron Ohio 44372 email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (216) 867-3685 Hotel rooms are available at a church rate of $40 for one or two persons per room and $6 for each additional person. Arrangements are to be made directly with the hotel. The hotel's phone number is (216) 869-9000.
I am working to establish a good selection of Celtic literature within our spirituality section, and I need to collect some good lists and recommendations. Pilgrim Place Bookstore Coffeehouse is located in Cincinnati Ohio in an old Catholic Church and Franciscan Friary. The church and friary are no longer a Rc parish but are now an ecumenical center for community renewal and spirituality. I am interested in hosting events with speakers, forums, and organizing retreats related to Celtic spirituality. Ten years ago I started a non profit called Soul Friends (anamchara?) and I have a large celtic painting at Pilgrim Place that is based upon that theme. Please refer others to us as a place for contemplation and some refelction on the way of Celtic spirituality. If you know of any persons in the greater Cinti area please tell them about our plans to develop a first rate Celtic spirituality section. Look forward to hearing from you,
Pilgrim Place Bookstore/Coffeehouse
42 Calhoun St. Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone (w) 513-751-5237
Home Phone 513-271-8063.
Internet addresses incl Larry_Bourgeois@popl.com and Pilgrim_Place@ecunet.org and BourgeoisL@aol.com
a Celtic Christian Fellowship is forming in Wills Point, Texas (about 50 miles east of Dallas). This is not a neo-Druid endeavor but one firmly rooted in Celtic Christian spirituality and to be loosely af filiated with the St. Aidan Trust of Evergreen, Colorado. If people in the Dallas/East Texas area would like more information they may contact me through my e-mail address or write St. Brendan's Celtic Christian Fellowship, 432 West High Street, Wills Point, TX 75169.
I have recently acquired a Celtic Knot Cross. Could you tell me please where I can find information on it's history. Also, would all of the citizens of the time worn a cross, or was that reserved only for the clergy?
Celtic Orthodoxy emerged during the transition from Celtic paganism to Celtic Christianity, ans so a similarity to Paganism can be seen, but we have no relationship _what_so_ever_ to "pagans" or "neo-pagans" any more than do Zoroastrians. Celtic Orthodoxy (or Celticism) is monotheistic, unlike Celtic paganism or any "rehashing" of Celtic paganism.
Hope this clears up the confusion until the article is finished.
Rev. R. Eamon Graham
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Celticism (the modern name for Celtic Orthodoxy) is more of a combination of native folk beliefs with Celtic Christianity than a rahashing of paganism.
Just happened upon your page regarding Celtic Christianity. There is a very 'Good' book by Dr. Leslie Hrdinge which was first Published by (SPCK-England), but is now available in paper back from "TEACH Servises, Inc., Route 1 Box 182, Brushton, NY, 12916. Ph. 518-358-2125.
The price including postage is under twelve dollars. The price of the book is worth it if only for the 'Bibliography which is in itself twelve pages of great source information.
Greetings: I am a Celtic priest located at ST. Andrews Cathedral. I am officiating the liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church Stowe Missal 400AD. by F.E. Warren and Jane STENSON My address is The Celtic catholic church Fr.Richard RUBIE 1039KAM4RD#BB,Honolulu,Hawaii,96819
I thought you might be interested in literature available from Scroll Publishing in Tyler, TX. Sorry, I don't have the phone number in front of me, but you could get it from information. Scroll is a mission outreach of the Society of the Good Shepherd, also in Tyler which is a society within the Anglican church dedicated to living a lifestyle modeled after the early church and similar to a Benedictine rule of life. Scroll publishes a catalog of books which are otherwise hard to find, including quite a few items on Celtic Christianity.
Date sent: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 23:42:40 -0500 (EST) From: Crawford Brown Maridel J <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: general@mail.CofE.anglican.org Send reply to: general@mail.CofE.anglican.org Greetings to all; This doesn't seem like the type of thing you have under discussion, but I am trying to find more information about the revival of Celtic forms of spirituality in theAnglican Church. Our Anglican Journal over here had a couple of news snippets last year, but they have changed editors, and no one seems able to help. I, of course, have mislaid the news articles, but I believe one group was of Anglican monks called the Brothers of St. Aidan. There was also metion of a Celtic revival group in relation to a bishop, possibly of Salisbury.And I have seen Esther de Waal's name mentioned as well. Any information you can give me would be most appreciated. A movement allowing for the workings of the Holy Spirit leading us into all truth as Christ said, and one which has respect for the Earth, would do much to heal wounds and inspire souls, I think Certainly over here the Church is losing out to revivals of Wiccan and other reinterpretations of ancient spiritual practices which bear little resemblance to Christianity. However, the Church seems to have forgotten it follows a Man who came so we could have life and life more abundantly. One can only hope that the celtic revival, if one indeed exists, speaks to that hunger. Peace to you all A struggling Christian Maridel email@example.com From: Chris Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) > Greetings to all; > This doesn't seem like the type of thing you have under discussion, but > I am trying to find more information about the revival of Celtic forms > of spirituality in the Anglican Church. Greetings, Maridel! I don't know that I'm the best person to answer your queries, but I benefit from our own quiet revival of Celtic spirituality here in Skipton, North Yorkshire (middle of England if you look at a map!) and I willingly share what I have :-) Our revival has happened because we have a new Rector who has fallen under the thrall of the island of Iona (West coast of Scotland). There is an abbey there and a community who are plumbing the depths of Celtic spirituality. (Snail mail address for further info: The Abbey, Isle of Iona, Argyll, PA76 6SN, Scotland, UK.) It'll take a while, but be patient. My interest was originally caught by some books produced by a chap called David Adam, vicar of Holy Island (Lindisfarne, East Coast). He published a whole lot of Celtic poetry, blessings, musings etc. If you want more detail, come back. In our church, we've organised some "Iona style services" - very meditative but also very apposite, too. The Iona Community publishes its own suggestions for worship of many kinds and some of the leaders (past and present) of the community have published some very powerful meditations etc. If you think this may be an avenue you want to pursue - well, you know where my husband is! (He promises to pass on messages!) Peace to you - and you don't struggle alone. Jill Wright Deep peace of the running wave to you Deep peace of the flowing air to you Deep peace of the quiet earth to you Deep peace of the shining stars to you Deep peace of the Son of peace to you (The Iona Community) Chris Wright Bradford Diocesan Computer Group From: Michael Cousins (MSC326@delphi.com) With reference to the discission on Celtic Spirituality, 1) There is the Northumbria Community which has a strong Celtic bent. Last year it helped run Dun Craig, a retreat house on Iona which is owned by an American ecumenical organisation but which has a strong Episcopalian/Anglican input. The Community has its own Office Book, called "Celtic Daily Prayer", published by Harper Collins, which is obtainable from most bookshops. The Community's address is Nether Springs, Hetton Hall, Northumberland, UK. Phone +44 (0)1289 388235. 2) If you are interested in staying in Dun Craig, Iona (closed for Winter), phone +44 (0)1681700202. The phone number Bishop's House, Iona (Episcopalian) is +44 (0)1681 700306. Iona Abbey's no is +44 (0)1681 700404. 3) There is a meeting/conference entitled "Celtic Spirituality" on Quest/Ecunet. 4) Below is a note I sent recently to "Celtic Spirituality":- Given the enormous growth in interest in Celtic spirituality, which resonates so well with our concern for creation, I nevertheless sometimes fear that we make some dangerous assumptions about Celtic spirituality. For a start,there is a strong element of Shamanism in it. Moreover, it is interesting how various modern editors of Celtic prayers and blessings have edited out the non-Christian parts of them which are, however, intergral to them. For example there might be a prayer to St Michael or to the Virgin which will also contain praises of pre-Christian Celtic characters such as Deirdre or Cuchulain. Secondly, while we have a great deal of old Celtic prayers, blessings, and incantations (collected in the last century by Alexander Carmichael; his work, Carmina Gadelica, runs into 6 volumes) and while it is legitimate to assume that many of these are very old indeed, passed by word of mouth from generation to generation, we have no proof that they represent the spirituality of St Patrick, of St Columba and the like. Indeed, if one reads St Gildas, who was writing c. 540, it seems that the Celtic church was a much more venal one that we have been led to believe. That said, Carmichael's epic work unveils a depth of spirituality of which we can only but be in awe. One of my favorites is "Sith Dhe" ("The Peace of God") The peace of God, The peace of men, The peace of Columba kindly, The peace of Mary mild, the loving, The peace of Christ, King of tenderness, Be upon each window, upon each door, Upon each hole that lets in light, Upon the four corners of my house, Upon the four corners of my bed, Upon each thing my eye takes in, Upon each thing my mouth takes in, Upon my body that is of earth And upon my soul that came from on high. It is even better in the Gaelic. The Parish minister of Nether Lochaber in north Argyll, writing in 1880, wrote the following about the blessings collected by Carmichael: "Apart from the appropriateness of the rhythm and language in which they are couched, nothing about these old Hebridean "Blessings" seems to us so beautiful and striking as the nearness with which they bring Heaven and its active, ceaseless benificence, to the very firesides and commonest affairs of men. Nothing is too small or insignificant to be placed under Divine guardianship. With these old people, in their ocean-girt and storm-swept islands, God was not merely the creator, but the ever present, ever near father, protector, and friend, while to them His angels were in very truth ministering spirits, not merely in spiritual matters, but in the affairs of common, every-day life. Since the days of the ancient Hebrews, nowhere shall we find so firm and fixed a belief in a direct and constant intercourse and communion for good between Heaven and Earth." 5) I would suggest that you try to get hold of "Carmina Gaedelica", collected by Alexander Carmichael. It was republished some 10 years ago. Yours in Christ Michael Cousins Voice (44) 1389 767058; Fax (44) 1389 733323 email@example.com From: Crawford Brown Maridel J <firstname.lastname@example.org> Thanks to Micheal Cousins who wrote more about Celtic Christianity. I am familiar with Alexander Carmicheal's collection of Gaelic blessings, selections from Volumes I and III as printed by Floris Books (1988) in "The Sun Dances, Prayers and Blessings from the Gaelic". I also have a little book, "Daily Readings from Prayers and praises in the Celtic Tradition" (templegate publishers, Illinois,1986) edited by A.M. Allchin and Esther de Waal which adds to the picture. When one thinks of Christ above, below, behind, before, and everywhere, how does one see him today in the harsh global world of urban greed which reaches even to the most unspoiled corners of this world? Is it enough, and all we are capable of, to cloak ourselves in the warmth and protection of Christ as we walk through the world? How can we more effectively reach out to others, or is the best way of reaching out by example? I don't think it matters what elements were in Celtic Christianity, it can only be what we make it today. A couple of years ago I attended a retreat which combined elements of native American religion with Christianity,and was uncomfortable, at first, with the "magical" aspects, as I in my low church Anglican way perceived them. Then as time unfolded slowly and we were allowed all the time we needed to hear what the Spirit might have to say to or through us, beautiful things began to unfold. I realized how often in all the churches I have attended there is no real sense of a communion of saints, no real belief in a God who has created all things and all worlds visible and invisible, very little sense of sacred time or space and indeed, no time at all for enjoying true communion in our rush to get back at it in the world. If a Celtic form of worship can restore some sense of true communion as indeed it seems to through the vision contained in its prayers, so much the better, so long as we never mistake any one face of God for the complete and only one. I thank all of you who have sent me information. I feel like a thirsty plant drinking it up and look forward to locating some of the books mentioned. I am not in a position to be able to visit Iona or any other spot over in the Uk except in spirit at present, but I willbe passing on some of this information in my quarterly newsletter "Sanctuary" to my small circulation who look forward to it as a "letter from home". Shalom Maridel Crawford-Brown From: Crawford Brown Maridel J <email@example.com> I am a bit green at getting messages sent to the right place, so apologize for any blanks. Thanks to all who have been sending me information about where to find more about "Celtic spirituality"...I put it in quotes, because it is just another name given by humans to that great fire that lives in our hearts. But after years of seeking Life and life more abundantly, and finding all too often a dessicated grey chip in the Church, this is wonderful to realize there is a liturgy or belief system, whatever, that seems more aligned with life as lived by Christ. This may be the idealism of faith speaking, but I sense the beckoning of the Holy Spirit here.If there is indeed respect for nature and humanity, compassion and a sense of oneness or immanence with joy, then I do believe, on that path the Church has nothing to fear from any apparent decline. The Spirit will, indeed, lead us into all truth. Iam not an ordained person, only a traveller in Christ. Thanks again to all Shalom Maridel From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Wright) > The Rev.David Adams. The Vicarage, Holy island, Northumberland. > England, According to Crockford, it is: The Revd Canon David Adam (you were quite right - no 's'!) The Vicarage Holy Island Berwick Upon Tweed Nothumberland TD15 2RX Chris Wright Bradford Diocesan Computer Group From: email@example.com (Stoker Wilson) > My interest was originally caught by some books produced by a chap > called David Adam, vicar of Holy Island (Lindisfarne, East Coast). You could try writing to David. Holy Island is a very small community and if you addresses your letter to The Rev.David Adams. The Vicarage, Holy island, Northumberland. England, that would find him. There's also a interdenominational Community in Northumberland which was set up some five years ago. But I'm afraid I can't trace the address at the moment. If I will send it on to you. Stoker Wilson, Chairman, Church Computer Users Group Chairman, Durham Diocesan Computer Communications Group Priest in Charge, St.George's, Fatfield From: Peter Sutcliffe (firstname.lastname@example.org) Stoker Wilson (email@example.com) wrote re Celtic spirituality... >There's also a interdenominational Community in >Northumberland which was set up some five years ago. But I'm afraid I >can't trace the address at the moment. If I will send it on to you. If Stoker is thinking of the NetherSprings Community, I know a little about it. I was at Theological College with John Skinner, and I know Andy Raine [ex YWAM] quite well. whist they link in to some of the Celtic themes, I think they are more evangelical/charismatic in origins. Peter Sutcliffe
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