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).

MONTHLY CELTIC PRAYER IN THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL

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

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 is avaialable to small groups and a group can be booked by EMailing contact@celtic-spirituality.net

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.

ST ANNE’S CATHEDRAL, BELFAST – ADVENT TALKS

On Wednesday 10th December 2014 12.45p.m. Grace Clunie, Director of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality, will be the final speaker in a 4-week series of Advent talks offered by Belfast Cathedral.

Talks last 45 minutes staring at 12.45p.m.

Light refreshments will be served from 12.15p.m.

Suggested donation of £5.

FACILITIES AT THE CENTRE FOR CELTIC SPIRITUALITY AT THE NAVAN CENTRE/ EMAIN MACHA, ARMAGH.

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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.

 

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

 

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

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

FACILITIES AT THE CENTRE FOR CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

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)

 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION CLASSES – DATES OF CLASSES

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CHRISTIAN MEDITATION CLASSES

 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 (www.wccm.org).

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. NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Meditation classes take place on alternate Mondays at The Navan Centre, Armagh – from 10.15a.m. to 11.00a.m.

Dates at present are as follows:

Monday 10th November 2014

Monday 24th November 2014

Monday 8th December 2014

Monday 5th January 2015

Monday 19th January 2015

Monday 2nd February 2015

If you are interested in joining a class please EMail  contact@celtic-spirituality.net 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.)

CELTIC SPIRITUALITY STUDY LIBRARY

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 SAMHAIN – WINTER SEASON

 

 

 

THE SONG OF SAMHAIN – 1st NOVEMBER to 31 JANUARY

I am the hallow-tide of all souls passing,

I am the bright releaser of all pain,

I am the quickener of the fallen seed-case,

I am the glance of snow, the strike of rain.

I am the hollow of the winter twilight,

I am the hearth-fire and the welcome bread,

I am the curtained awning of the pillow,

I am unending wisdom’s golden thread. 

 

The Winter quarter of Samhain brings the gifts of restoration and renewal as the cold weather closes in, so the soul is led to more reflective depths.

It is traditionally associated with the remebrance of the ancestors, with the coming of death and the conception of new life.

In the human growth cycle, Samhain corresponds to the period of old age when wisdom, freedom of spirit and clarity are experienced.

Samhain is a good time to celebrate the lives of all wise elders, all those whose actions and ideas have brought resolution and peace, all holy ones whose sacrifices have brought new life and opened spiritual thresholds to all. 

Activities for SAMHAIN/ WINTER

 Practice introspection, meditation, contemplation, drawing upon the peaceful sanctuary of this season.

Shift burdens by doing something about them (e.g. make a will) or by giving up unecessary patterns.

Remember your ancestors and celebrate their wisdom – be aware of the ancestral teachers and elders of spiritual traditions, whose footsteps have kept the pathways open.

Be active, with like-minded others, in recording, preserving, living and learning about the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples, especially those in your own land.

Cut back old growth in the garden and compost it. Dig over the soil in preparation for the Spring.

Identify the nature of the soil and rock-forms in your locality and how this affects the life-forms who live upon the land.

As you travel through the land of Winter, relate your spiritual journey to the wisdom of this season.

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

 

 

2015 PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

St Bronagh’s School of Celtic Studies are facilitating an 8-day pilgrimage from 25th August to 1st September 2015 to Santiago De Compostela, major pilgrimage site in Spain. The cost is £899 (Euros) , fully inclusive. The tour will be accompanied by a Spiritual Director.

For further details contact the secretary Mrs Pat Doran on 02841739644 or patricia482@btinternet.com

 

 

 

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.”
HOW DO I ORDER IT?

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).

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WE HOPE YOU WILL FIND SACRED LIVING BOTH HELPFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL!

CORRYMEELA COMMUNITY – NEW LEADER

 The new leader of the Corrymeela Community – a community based on Northern Ireland’s wild and beautiful North Coast and dedicated to peace and reconciliation – is Padraig O’Tuama.

Padraig is a poet, originally from Cork, now based in Belfast, and has worked in the area of reconciliation through story and dialogue. You can find out more about him on his web-site, www.intheshelter.com

THE FACTS OF LIFE (From Sorry for your troubles: poems by Padraig O’Tuama, Canterbury Press 2013)

That you were born
and you will die.

That you will sometimes love enough
and sometimes not.

That you will lie
if only to yourself.

That you will get tired.

That you will learn most from the situations
you did not choose.

That there will be some things that move you
more than you can say.

That you will live
that you must be loved.

That you will avoid questions most urgently in need of your attention.

That you began as the fusion of a sperm and an egg
of two people who once were strangers
and may well still be.

That life isn’t fair.
That life is sometimes good
and sometimes even better than good.

That life is often not so good.

That life is real
and if you can survive it, well,
survive it well
with love
and art
and meaning, given
where meaning’s scarce.

That you will learn to live with regret,
That you will learn to live with respect.

That the structures that constrict you
may not be permanently constraining.

That you will probably be okay.

That you must accept change
before you die
but you will die anyway.

So you might as well live
and you might as well love.
You might as well love.
You might as well love.