The Centre for Celtic Spirituality

Monthly Charity Lunch for Christian Aid.

This inter-church lunch takes place on the first Wednesday of every month in 9, Vicars’ Hill at 1:00p.m. Soup, bread and cheese, tea and biscuits are served. All proceeds go to the work of Christian Aid.

Each lunch is preceded by Celtic Prayer at 12:30p.m. in the Cathedral Ladychapel, and all are welcome.

Please note – no lunches during July and August

Dates for Charity lunches in 2014

- None in January

- Wednesday 6th February

- Wednesday 6th March

- Wednesday 3rd April

- Wednesday 1st May

- Wednesday 5th June

- Wednesday 4th September

- Wednesday 2nd October

- Wednesday 6th November

- Wednesday 4th December

I saw a stranger last night.
I put food in the eating place, drink in the drinking place,
music in the listening place
and in the sacred name of the Triune,
He blessed myself and my house, my cattle and my dear ones.
And the lark said in her song,
Often, often, often goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise.

(ancient rune of hospitality used by the Iona Community).


Celtic Prayer is a wonderful experience of worship, drawing on ancient and powerful sources of liturgy and connecting us with the rest of creation.

This service takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:30p.m. in the Cathedral Ladychapel and is usually led by laity of various church denominations. All are welcome.

Dates for Celtic Prayer in 2014

(N.B. No Celtic Prayer on Wednesday 1st January)

February 5th

March 5th (Also Ash WEdnesday)

April 2nd

May 7th

June 4th

July 2nd

August 6th

September 3rd

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

A Caim (Encircling) Prayer

Circle us with peace – keep light and love within, keep danger without.

Circle us through this day – keep childlike trust within, keep fear without.

Circle us this night – keep health and peace within, keep dis-ease without.

Deep peace of the quiet earth, deep peace of the flowing air, deep peace of the ocean’s depth, deep peace of the God of peace. Amen.

THE HEROIC JOURNEY WORKSHOP Saturday 4th October 2014 – register now!

The psychologist and mythologist, Joseph Campbell identified a common theme connecting many ‘indigenous’ spiritualities – including Celtic Spirituality. Their stories tell about the hero or heroine who is ‘called’ outwards from the familiar place to experience something completely new. These stories teach us that it requires courage to step outside of the familiar and to follow the call of the heart. This is why it’s ’the Heroic Journey’. This heroic journey has much to teach us about our own life journey. Joseph Campbell said – ‘I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.’


The heroic journey often leads the traveller into difficult and testing situations, but he/she returns from the journey a changed and more compassionate human being to share their gifts of wisdom and insight. The journey is also about the discovery of YOUR GIFT. The word in the Irish is DAN – which means both your poetry and your destiny – for your destiny is interlinked with the practice of your gift in this world. Because we are all individuals, no one can offer your gift to the world in exactly the same way as you can.

This workshop takes us on a personal journey and enables self exploration to uncover your giftedness and to hear ‘the call’ to the most exciting journey of your life – the Heroic Journey.

This workshop will be available on Saturday 4th October 2014 at The Navan Centre, Armagh from 10a.m. to 4p.m.

COST: £15 PAYABLE BY 1st October.


Please provide your name, address,  EMail address and telephone number.

On the day please bring with you a pen and notebook. There is a coffee shop and restaurant on site where you can buy morning tea/coffee and lunch (refreshments not included).

The Journey (by Mary Oliver)

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice -

though the whole house began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognised as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do -

determined to save

the only life that you could save.

So the heroic journey of finding your own voice and your ‘DAN’ begins…………………



Be Still, and know that I Am God.

AN OPPORTUNITY – to live for 6 months in County Donegal, Ireland!

Donegal is a beautiful part of Ireland – and contains many Irish speakers.

WANTED - People who love nature, organic lifestyles, living very simply in an old Irish farmhouse with open fires, solid fuel stoves, wind-generated electricity and water from natural rainfall – not the grid. Set on a high hill 10 minutes by car from the nearest lovely beaches anf from Donegal town.

There are two cats, Solo, age 10 and Pepper age 14.

Preferably a couple to occupy the old farmhouse from 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015.

Costs are only for your own food and for the solid fuel to light the stoves. Use of a car.

If you think you might be interested get in touch by EMail – and we will pass on your details to the owner so you can be in direct contact.

The Centre for Celtic Spirituality at The Navan Centre/Emain Macha, Armagh


The Centre for Celtic Spirituality is based at The Navan Centre at the ancient site of Emain Macha just outside of the city of Armagh, Northern Ireland.



                                 (The large A.V Theatre at The Navan Centre) 



(Rev’d Grace Clunie, Director of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality, addresses a group in the Centre’s AV theatre).


    (Rev’d Grace Clunie and Rev’d Kiran Young Wimberly in the Celtic Studies Library)


Restaurant/Coffee shop, gift shop, AV theatre, workshop room, outdoor living history exhibit, indoor exhibition, ample parking for cars and coaches, small Celtic Studies library stocked with books on many aspects of Celtic Spirituality, including theology, Celtic prayer, history, Art, mythology and culture – a valuable resource to those seeking to learn about what Celtic Spirituality has to offer our contemporary world.

To contact The Centre for Celtic Spirituality at The Navan Centre Tel: 028 37529644.

Address: 81 Killylea Road, Armagh BT60 4LD.

A prayer for the work of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality:

Bless us, Lord, this day with vision.

May this place be a sacred place,

a telling place,

where heaven and earth meet.

(from Celtic Daily Prayer, p. 290)





 These classes will be helpful for anyone seeking a deeper spiritual life – especially anyone interested in exploring basic teaching on Christian meditation as a way to finding stillness and meaning in their life.

Meditation is a very powerful aid to inner peace.

This simple practice is based on the teaching of the Benedictine Monk, John Main, who said – ‘The important aim in Christian meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, everything we are.’

John Main’s work is carried on by the World Community for Christian Meditation and its Director FR LAURENCE FREEMAN OSB clip_image002 (

If you would be interested in learning more about the practice of Christian Meditation, come along to a class and find out more for yourself.

Meditation classes resume on Monday 8th September 2014 at The Navan Centre, Armagh – from 10.15a.m. to 11.00a.m. It will continue on alternate Mondays (i.e. twice per month). Cost £20 for 10 classes from September to December 2014.

If you are interested in joining a class please EMail or telephone 02838870667.

John Main said -   “To learn to meditate you have to learn to be silent and not to be afraid of silence…. ..In meditation we cross the threshold from background noise into silence. This is vital for us because silence is necessary if the human spirit is to thrive and to be creative. Silence releases a creative response to life, to our environment and friends because it gives our spirit room to breathe, room to be. In silence we do not have to justify ourselves, apologise or impress anyone. Just be.”

(From Word Made Flesh by John Main, Medi Media, US, 1991.)


The Centre for Celtic Spirituality has a small study library at The Navan Centre with books on pilgrimage, Celtic saints, peace and reconciliation, Celtic Prayer and liturgy, Irish history and mythology and much more. 

It is particularly useful for anyone on a study experience.

There is no charge to use the library, though donations towards the upkeep of the library and the work of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality are very much appreciated.

To ensure you are able to use the library at the time/date that suits you, contact The Navan Centre on

028 3752 9644/9655.





THE SONG OF LUGHNASADH – 1st August to 31 October

I am the sovereign splendour of creation,

I am the fountain in the courts of bliss,

I am the bright surrender of the willpower,

I am the watchful guardian and the kiss.

I am the many-coloured landscape,

I am the transmigration of the geese,

I am the burnished glory of the breastplate,

I am the harbour where all strivings cease. 


The Autumn quarter of Lughnasadh brings the gift of maturity and is a time of physical harvest and spiritual gathering

It sees the greatest change in weather, from the heat of summer to dark and chilly nights. It is the time for celebrating the harvest and sees the busy preparations for winter.

In the human growth cycle, Lughnasadh corresponds to the period of mature adulthood when a ceratin steadiness and responsibility have been established.

It is a good time to celebrate the lives of all who have helped stabilize and uphold the noble values of life, all who have exercised good judgement and steered the doubtful into the harbour of certainty, of all holy ones whose guardianship has saved us from life-disabling mistakes.


 Practice your knowledge, learn new subjects, relate new information to your existing store of wisdom. Follow the inspirational pathways that lead you to the heart of your art or skill.

Assess your own life’s harvest: prepare fallow areas of your life for reseeding, clear old fields of overgrowth.

Harvest fruit and vegetables and prepare the garden for winter. Walk and meditate outdoors for half an hour daily.

Be active, with like-minded others, in bringing healing or relief to living beings in distress, whether human, animal, plant etc.

Be aware of the leaders and guardians who have protected the pathways of compassion by their sacrifice or action, and incorporate aspects of their example into your own lifestyle.

As you travel through the country of Atumn, relate your spiritual journey to the rich gifts available at this time.

(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)




The 21st William Kennedy piping festival is taking place this year from 13th to 16th November in Armagh. It offers a wonderful three days of the best folk music, highlighting the Uilleann pipes, but also involving piping traditions of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It’s an experience you will always remember.

To find out more go to

You may be planning to visit The Centre for Celtic Spirituality, Armagh as part of a day out for your group or as part of an international pilgrimage. You can also include other events by checking to see what else may be happening at the same time as your visit.

Check out Events in Armagh throughout the year on the web-site of Armagh City and District Council

For the full Armagh theatre programme see


SACRED LIVING – An introduction to Celtic Spirituality – A six-part Study Course to order.

This Six part study course is available to order as a PDF document.
It is written as a simple introduction to six themes of Celtic Christian Spirituality – Creation, Hospitality, A Way of Living, Creative Spirituality, Pilgrimage and The Other World.
Each chapter concludes with questions for discussion and reflection – for individuals or for group discussion and action.

This introduction will be useful for anyone seeking basic information about Celtic Spirituality, anyone preparing for a pilgrimage journey, groups seeking new material for study and anyone who wants to be inspired in new ways of living. It also contains a section on further resources for reading and for further study.

“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”

1. Go the web-page marked ‘Donate.’

2. Click on the ‘Donate’  button at the bottom of the page.

3. Send £25 to The Centre for Celtic Spirituality via PayPal. This money will go towards the work of The Centre, which is both non-profit and inter-church with a focus on peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

4. When we receive your payment, we will send you your own copy of Sacred Living: Practical Inspirations for the contemporary Spiritual Journey as a PDF document to download. You also have the author’s permission to make copies for your own use, individually or in group situations such a small study groups. (However, please note that this work is copy-righted and cannot be re-sold for commercial gain).