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 2015

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

February 4th

March 4th

April 1st

May 6th

June 3rd


September 2nd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

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 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

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.

New Books to read!

We have received notification about several new books just published which you may like to follow up on.

Bee Smith has a new collection of poetry called BRIGID’S WAY. The collection is inspired by the folklore of both the Celtic goddess and Irish Saint of that name. Available on Amazon as an EBook.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci has just published ‘VULNERABLE FAITH: MISSIONAL LIVING IN THE RADIACL WAY OF ST. PATRICK.’  The book is published by Paraclete Press.

Check out the web-site of Marcus Losack, International Pilgrimage Director and writer. You can read more about his work at or







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. 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 2nd March 2015

Monday 16th March 2015

Monday 30th March 2015

Monday 13th April 2015

Monday 27th April 2015

Monday 11th May 2015

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.






I am the unopened bud and I the blossom,

I am the lifeforce gathering to a crest,

I am the still companion of the silence,

I am the farflung seeker of the quest.

I am the daughter gathering in wisdom,

I am the son whose questions never cease,

I am the dawn-light searching out glad justice,

I am the centre where all souls find peace.


The Spring quarter of  IMBOLC  brings the gifts of insight and inspiration and is a time of beginnings and of essential truthfulness.

Begun in the dark and often icy days of early Spring, it is traditionally the time to appreciate innocence, truth and justice, to make resolutions and plans and to prepare for the enfolding year.

In the human growth cycle, Imbolc corresponds to the period of childhood when all things are questioned or enjoyed for their own sake.

Imbolc is a good time to celebrate the lives of all ‘soul mid-wives’, who have taught and prepared us, all who have been upholders of justice and truth,  all holy ones who have gone to the heart of the matter with great clarity and insight.

Activities for IMBOLC/SPRING

Practice your craft/Art/Skill with dedication, drawing on the inspiration of your heart.

Clarify your life by sping-cleaning surroundings and lifestyle.  Check and reassess your aims and objectives in life. Bring into focus your plans for the unfolding year.

In this burgeoning season of life, meet up with your spiritual kindred and soul-friends whenever possible for mutual encouragement and fun.

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  Spring’s planting. Plant flowers and vegetables for Summer and Autumn.

Create an outdoor prayer-shrine – or if you live in the city, befriend a tree in a park or find a place where you can go regularly to pray/meditate outdoors.

Be active, with like-minded others,  in defending human rights, world ecology or local issues to protect the environment.

As you travel through the land of Spring, relate your spiritual journey to the unfolding beauty of this season.

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




A 3-stage journey following in the footsteps of St Patrick is detailed at

The route is from Belfast to Armagh (60.4km/40 miles) then to Downpatrick (82.6km/40 miles) and finally back to Belfast (34.9km/21.6 miles).

All the details can be explored on the above web-site, including maps, accommodation along the route and all places to visit.

Make sure you call in at The Centre for Celtic Spirituality! We’re based at one of the oldest places in Ireland – Emain Macha – which has a beautiful interpretive centre called The Navan Centre (for more information just google The Navan Centre). It’s situated 3 miles from Armagh City on the Enniskillen Road (the road leading past the Armagh City Hotel).

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

may the earth bless your feet,

and may you find your place of resurrection.




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 £15 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. Please also sned an EMail to us at This will ensure that we have your EMail address so that we can then send you the PDF document.

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).



VENUE:  Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne

Retreat led by Rev’d Grace Clunie Director of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality.

Inspired by the Franciscan canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon,  this 3-day silent retreat will explore a spirituality intimately connected with Creation. At the heart of Celtic Spirituality is an experience of Sacred Presence – in our relationships with the natural world, with one another and with our own sacred souls.

Drawing on Franciscan and Celtic Spirituality, this 3-day retreat will include reflections, meditation and prayer, exploring life as a sacred journey of healing and of home-coming to the hearth of our own sacred souls.

There will be opportunity for walking, reading and resting in the beautiful surroundings of Drumalis Retreat Centre at the edge of the ocean in Larne.

For further details and/or to book send an EMail to Shelagh Norton –