The Celtic Way of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religious Imagination

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Crown 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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Historian and retreat leader de Waal explores the rich legacy of Celtic songs, poems, prayers, and blessings that grew out of the dynamic meeting of Christian monasticism with an older, communal way ... 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

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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.


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