9780060013240

Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community

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    9780060013240

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    0060013249

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/1/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

The Ancient Paths of Northumbria in northeastern England have been trod by generations of men and women who loved God and followed Jesus, bringing faith, hope, and love to vast numbers of people. Today, the Northumbria Community remains a living expression of this monastic, contemplative stream of the faith, and the perennial need to make that faith relevant to the world. Celtic Daily Prayer is the fruit of the spiritual life of a remarkable community. Its liturgies, prayers, and meditations are drawn from a deep well of spiritual experience that transcends fashion, culture, and denomination. Blending prayer and praise and building upon the ancient wisdom of traditional Celtic Christianity, this prayer book is extraordinarily fresh. At the heart of the life of the Northumbria Community, as well as this book, lies the Daily Office -- morning, noon, and evening prayers and a monthly cycle of meditations for individual or communal use each day. With words drawn from sources such as St. Patrick's Breastplate, Teresa's Bookmark, Columba's Blessing, and the Psalms, this cycle of daily prayers reflects the essential rhythms of life. With liturgies for communion and other special occasions as well as daffy readings, this prayer book contains two complete years of scripture readings and a calendar of saints' days and festivals. The Jewish tradition of family Shabbat, adapted with prayers from the Celtic tradition, also finds its place in this book. A section on rites of passage suggests prayers and rituals for the pivotal times of life: birth, rebirth, marriage, midlife, and bereavement, as well as blessings and graces for all occasions. This traditionally grounded yet surprisingly modem prayer book will enrich the spiritual life of readers for years to come.

Table of Contents

Invocation of the Holy Spirit ix
Introduction xi
About This Book 1(1)
The Upper and Nether Springs
2(2)
The liturgies
4(2)
Why Celtic?
6(2)
The Northumbria Community
8(2)
The Community Rule of Availability and Vulnerability
10(1)
How to use this book
11(2)
Daily Office
13(13)
How to use Daily Office
13(4)
Morning Prayer
17(3)
Midday Prayer
20(2)
Evening Prayer
22(4)
Complines
26(20)
How to use Complines
26(1)
Sunday - the Ita Compline
27(3)
Monday - the Aidan Compline
30(4)
Tuesday - the Cuthbert Compline
34(4)
Wednesday - the Felgild Compline
38(2)
Thursday - the Ebba Compline
40(2)
Friday - the Boisil Compline
42(2)
Saturday - the Patrick Compline
44(2)
Meditations for Each Day of the Month
46(28)
Holy Communion
74(13)
Family Shabbat
87(5)
Follow the Example
92(112)
Calendar and resources for saints' days and festivals
92(52)
Brigid - in welcoming
144(9)
A house-blessing
145(5)
Prayers for a workplace
150(3)
Oswald - in practical ways
153(5)
Prayers for committing our work to God
153(5)
Aidan - in the power of the Spirit
158(4)
Prayers for being sent out with God's blessing
158(4)
Chad - in willing service
162(5)
Prayers for a journey or at a time of change
162(5)
Hild - in the right place
167(4)
Wrestling with the call of God
167(4)
Cuthbert - into a desert place
171(7)
For a solitary retreat
172(6)
Brendan - in exploration of a vision
178(16)
Prayers for a spiritual journey
178(16)
Ninian - in relating to the whole of life
194(3)
Prayers for the blessing of land and of life
195(2)
Caedmon - in declaration of a dream
197(5)
Prayers about becoming a voice for those who have no voice
198(4)
A litany of saints - the house that John built
202(2)
Rites of Passage
204(24)
Coming into the light - birth
204(6)
Prayers for the christening or dedication of a child
204(6)
Coming into the light - rebirth
210(2)
Marriage - light and shadow
212(4)
In difficult times
216(3)
A general intercession for those in trouble
218(1)
Mid-life
219(3)
The shadow of death
222(3)
Death and dying
222(3)
The darkness of bereavement
225(3)
Times and Seasons
228(62)
Advent
228(7)
Christmas
235(3)
New Year
238(8)
A covenant service
239(5)
Light a candle in the darkness
244(2)
Lent
246(2)
Approaching Easter
248(20)
Foot washing
248(3)
The way of the cross
251(13)
Easter Eve
264(4)
Easter
268(10)
An Easter Vigil
268(10)
The Sunday after Easter
278(3)
Ascension
281(3)
Pentecost
284(1)
Harvest
285(5)
Blessings, Prayers and Graces
290(12)
Prayers of blessing
290(4)
Prayers
294(3)
Caim prayer (when I do not know what to pray)
297(2)
Graces
299(3)
The Aidan Series of Daily Readings
302(287)
About the daily readings
302(1)
January: Consider my meditation
303(20)
February: Devoted to Him
323(20)
March: Ask for the old paths
343(25)
April: The inward journey
368(18)
May: Crossroads
386(30)
All Your creatures
401(6)
Gift from the sea
407(9)
June: Desert Fathers
416(16)
July: Pilgrimage
432(32)
August: Iona
464(30)
September: In the shadow of Aidan
494(19)
October: With understanding
513(26)
November: Chosen people
539(29)
December: Deeper life
568(21)
The Finan Series of Daily Readings
589(228)
January: Be Thou my vision
589(19)
February: Doorkeepers
608(20)
March: Small beginnings
628(18)
April: Abandonment
646(15)
May: To a young disciple
661(23)
June: Jesus of the scars
684(19)
July: The city without a church
703(14)
August: What gives you the right?
717(20)
Without walls
725(12)
September: Standing in the secret
737(23)
Broken gold
747(4)
Celtic insight
751(9)
October: Parting and planting
760(17)
November: The house that John built
777(18)
December: Enter in
795(22)
FURTHER INFORMATION
817(1)
Sources and acknowledgements
817(8)
Bibliography
825(2)
Contact details for the Northumbria Community
827(1)
Cross-references to Celtic Daily Readings
828

Excerpts

Celtic Daily Prayer
Prayers and Readings From the Northumbria Community

Morning Prayer

Said or sung all together except for the sentences marked 'Call', which are for the Leader only.
+ indicates that you may make the sign of the cross.

+ In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening sentences

One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.

Call: Who is it that you seek?
Response: We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

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Prayers and Readings From the Northumbria Community
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