Great Celtic Christians is suitable for use by churches as an alternative to one of their normal services, individuals who want to follow a daily pattern of prayer, or groups who want to organise an event around a saint or particular theme, for example creation, water or baptism. It includes a calendar of the saints' days and commemorative dates; prayers, intercessions, poems, scripture readings, stories and dialogues; suggestions for focal display features and creative activities; and an index of themes to facilitate themed celebrations. The lives of those who once so effectively evangelised the isles of Britain, Ireland, and beyond shine through each chapter, and readers will find the wealth of material, arranged so that it can be used as morning, midday, evening and night prayer, a rich resource.
A Calendar of Great Celtic Christians
Aidan and Hilda: Introduction
Caedmon (see also Poems on Caedmon)
Joseph of Arimathea and Glastonbury saints
John the Loved
John the Forerunner
Kevin of Glendalough
Martin of Tour
Ninian of Whithorn
Trees: Kevin, Columba and the Saxon Poet
A Litany with the Saints
Acknowledgements and Storytelling Sources
Index of Material on the Christian Seasons
in the Celtic Prayer Book (Volumes 1-4)
* The material for the saints listed in bold type is arranged in the form of morning, midday, evening and night prayer.
Who is this book for?
The material in this volume may be used by groups who want to organise an event around a saint or particular theme (themes are listed on page 431 at the end of the book). It may also be used by:
1. Individuals who follow a daily pattern of prayer and who wish to observe the great Celtic saints' days. The material is arranged so that it can be used a morning, midday, evening and night prayer.
2. People of all ethnic backgrounds. This volume gives insight into one of the most positive shapings in the history of Britain and Ireland, one which provides a sound foundation for a multi ethnic society. The Celtic saints in this volume came from different races and lived in the fifth to seventh centuries after Christ. They lived in what we now call Britain and Ireland. Some welcomed visitors from other continents and some emigrated north, south and east. In Britain, there is currently a debate about introducing tests of 'Britishness' for those who apply to become citizens. In order to know the nation we are part of, we need to know where it has come from, and the forces which have shaped it.
3. Churches who seek an alternative to one of their normal services. Great Celtic Christians is of interest to those in liturgical churches as well as those in new churches.