What is a Celtic Eucharist?
While we deeply love our traditional worship services, we are aware that our traditional language does not always speak to all people—and that it can be enriching for all of us to hear the messages through a different “voice.” To meet those needs, we are currently offering a monthly Celtic service, including a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, (usually) on the third Sunday evening of each month at 6:00 pm. When weather permits, the service is held outside by our labyrinth in Grace Commons.
Celtic Christianity is a form of our faith that developed in the early centuries of the Christian movement in what we now know as Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Celtic scholar Esther de Wall calls Celtic Christianity a “spirituality of creation.” It focuses on the goodness of all creation and asserts that creation discloses God’s own being. As human beings, we are created in the very image of God---our roots are in God—and we find our deepest identity in Christ. Our true nature is sacred, and Christ came to awaken us to that nature, to our true goodness. Celtic Christianity is described as “earthy, holy, and inclusive.” Christ is present everywhere and our realization of that belief leads us to affirm our unity and oneness with all of humanity—and, indeed, with all of creation. If you need to hear a message of God’s love rather than God’s judgment, this service was especially created for you!
The essence of Celtic Christianity is well-expressed
in the words of “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
We use a refreshing variety of musical instruments in the music for this service—violin, harp, flute, mandolin, guitar. All are welcome. There are no outsiders at this service!