The Celtic Way of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religious Imagination (Google eBook)

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Nov 25, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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Esther de Waal, one of Celtic Christianity's preeminent scholars, shows how this tradition of worship draws on both the pre-Christian past and on the fullness of the Gospel. It is also an enlightening glimpse at the history, folklore, and liturgy of the Celtic people.

Esther de Waal introduces readers to monastic prayer and praise (the foundation stone of Celtic Christianity), early Irish litanies, medieval Welsh praise poems, and the wealth of blessings derived from an oral tradition that made prayer a part of daily life. Through this invigorating book, readers enter a world in which ritual and rhythm, nature and seasons, images and symbols play an essential role. A welcome contrast to modern worship, Celtic prayer is liberating and, like a living spring, forever fresh.


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User Review  - Seth Thomas - Goodreads

Another splendid read on Celtic Spirituality. A curation of many traditional prayers and blessings, this book gives a very nice snapshot of Celtic Christianity, including daily life, theology, and liturgy. Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth Bonetti - Goodreads

The celtic expression of faith is wonderfully rich, earthy and poetic. The prayers add depth and beauty to enrich Christian norms. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
1JOURNEYING
2IMAGE AND SONG
3THE TRINITY
4TIME
5THE PRESENCEOF GOD
6THE SOLITARY
7DARK FORCES
8THE CROSS
9THE SAINTS
10PRAISE
NOTES

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Esther de Waal lives in a small cottage on the Welsh/English border. After studying and teaching history at Cambridge University, she married, had four sons, and moved to Canterbury, where she lived in a house that had been part of the medieval monastic community. She leads retreats, lectures, and travels widely. Her major interests are the fields of the Benedictine and Celtic traditions.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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