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#1 Vampchick21

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 05:42 PM

I thought I'd share this with you.

As a part of my studies of Celtic Spirituality, I've been taking a good look at the Christianity of the areas we now refer to as the Celtic Nations.  (Prior to the Synod of Whitby in the 660's which merged these nations Christian faith with the Church of Rome).

My father, hoping this was a sign that my 'phase' was ending, presented me with a lovely book entitled "A Celtic Daily Prayer Companion" by David Adam (ISBN 0-551-03062-3).  This is a beautiful book of Christian prayers from such sources as the Carmina Gadelica, Hebridean Altars, and Saints such as St. Patrick and St. Columba.

Here's some examples.

'God with me lying down
God with me rising up
God with me in each ray of light
Nor I a ray of joy without Him
Nor one ray without Him

Christ with me sleeping
Christ with me waking
Christ with me watching
Every day and night
Each day and night

God with me protecing
The Lord with me directing
The Spirit with my strengthening
For ever and for evermore
Ever and evermore, Amen
Chief of chiefs, Amen'

"Christ is the world's redeemer,
The lover of the pure,
The fount of heavenly wisdom,
Our trust and hope secure;
The armour of his soldiers,
The Lord of earth and sky;
Our health while we are living,
Our live when we shall die.'

Like I said, it's very lovely, and I thought I'd share it with you all.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 05:44 PM

That's beautiful Vampchick, and thanks for sharing.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 08:09 PM

:)  I thought some of the Christians here would like to add them to their prayer and worship.  Lovely stuff.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 08:51 PM

ACtually, that's not a bad idea at all! I would love to hear daily devotionals that Christians incorporate into their everyday lives. It saddens me that more and more people leave their faith for Sundays (or whatever day is prominent for you) and forget about it the rest of the week. This would be a good testemonial.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 03:44 AM

and they are just so practical
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Posted 06 June 2004 - 06:50 AM

That is cool!  Thanks for the info on your book.  

The biggest problem with the religion thing is just not knowing what the answers are.  Is there an afterlife, how does one go about attaining it, will one belief system make you ineligible to join the eternal life?  etc.  Being a parent now I understand where your dad's coming from.  There's nothing more dear to me than my kids and I want the best afterlife for them-if there is one.
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Posted 06 June 2004 - 08:48 AM

Masq... who is "they"?
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#8 Vampchick21

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 08:59 AM

No prob Hawker.  And if I find my book on Early Celtic Saints, I'll give the title, author and ISBN number for that as well.  It's buried in one of my book chests.  :)

I didn't mind that daddy gave me that book of prayer, even though I'm not a Christian.  It's got really lovely prayers in it, and it's a bit of a window into the soul of early Celtic Christians.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 09:10 AM

I found this song by Dar Williams, called "Christians and the Pagans", and it was just the cutest most heart-warming song I'd heard in a really long time. Thought I'd share it.

Amber called her uncle, said "We're up here for the holiday,
Jane and I we're having Solstice, now we need a place to stay."
And her Christ-loving uncle watched his wife hang Mary on a tree,
He watched his son hang candy canes all made with red dye number three.
He told his niece, "Its Christmas Eve, I know our life is not your style,"
She said, "Christmas is like Solstice, and we miss you and its been awhile,"

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
And just before the meal was served, hands were held and prayers were said,
Sending hope for peace on earth to all their gods and goddesses.

The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch,
Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, "Is it try that youre a witch?"
His mom jumped up and said, "The pies are burning," and she hit the kitchen,
And it was Jane who spoke, she said, "Its true, your cousins not a Christian,"
"But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share,
And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere,"

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
And where does magic come from? I think magics in the learning,
Cause now when Christians sit with Pagans only pumpkin pies are burning.

When Amber tried to do the dishes, her aunt said, "Really, no, dont bother."
Ambers uncle saw how Amber looked like Tim and like her father.
He thought about his brother, how they hadnt spoken in a year,
He thought he'd call him up and say, "Its Christmas and your daughter's here."
He thought of fathers, sons and brothers, so his own son tug his sleeve, saying,
"Can I be a Pagan?" Dad said, "Well discuss it when they leave."

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and
Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.

I couldn't help myself. I just love this song.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 12:08 PM

They==Celts, more sensible then a lot of others ethnic groups
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Posted 06 June 2004 - 01:05 PM

lol. I thought that's what you were talking about, but my brain is on the fritz today. And, I tend to agree with ya!

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 10:55 PM

I always liked this one.... Written by St. John of the Cross in the 15th century and revamped by the wonderful Loreena McKinnett

Upon a darkened night
the flame of love was burning in my breast
And by a lantern bright
I fled my house while all in quiet rest

Shrouded by the night
and by the secret stair I quickly fled
The veil concealed my eyes
while all within lay quiet as the dead


Chorus
Oh night thou was my guide
oh night more loving than the rising sun
Oh night that joined the lover
to the beloved one
transforming each of them into the other


Upon that misty night
in secrecy, beyond such mortal sight
Without a guide or light
than that which burned so deeply in my heart


That fire t'was led me on
and shone more bright than of the midday sun
To where he waited still
it was a place where no one else could come


Chorus


Within my pounding heart
which kept itself entirely for him
He fell into his sleep
beneath the cedars all my love I gave
And by the fortress walls
the wind would brush his hair against his brow
And with its smoothest hand
caressed my every sense it would allow


Chorus


I lost myself to him
and laid my face upon my lovers breast
And care and grief grew dim
as in the mornings mist became the light
There they dimmed amongst the lilies fair
There they dimmed amongst the lilies fair
There they dimmed amongst the lilies fair
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Posted 07 June 2004 - 04:59 PM

Thats soooooo beautiful ana...great thread Vamp :) This is one of my faves, my grandfather(who is Irish) use to recite this alot and trust me, it holds more impact when spoken from a true irish gent...

Valiant Nuada of the white sword,
Who subdued the Firbolg of blood,
For love of the Tribe, for pains of Danu's children,
Hold thy shield over us, protect us all,

Hold thy shield over us, protect us all.

Danu beloved! Mother of the Shining Ones,
Shield, oh shield us, Lady of nobleness,
And Brigit the beauteous, shepherdess of the flocks,
Safeguard thou our animals, encircle us together,

Safeguard thou our animals, encircle us together.

And Ellen, beneficent, benign,
Governess of the trackways of power,
Invoke the star of power upon the path,
Guide well thou ourselves, shield our procession,

Guide well thou ourselves, shield our procession.

O Mother! O Maiden! O Crone of Wisdom!
Be the Triad with us day and night,
On the machair plain or on the mountain ridge,
Be the Triad with us and her cloak around us,

Be the Triad with us and her cloak around us.

Here's a Christian one I like very much...

Holy Spirit,
Giving life to all life,
Moving all creatures,
Root of all things,
Washing them clean,
Wiping out their mistakes,
Healing their wounds,
You are our true life,
Luminous, wonderful,
Awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.
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Posted 08 June 2004 - 03:16 PM

I like that Willow.

Everyday is a good day to give thanks that we are able to enjoy the world.It so often taken for granted.
Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh Good health and every blessing to you

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 08:22 AM

As promised, here's the info on the book about Celtic Saints.

Drinking from the Sacred Well, Personal Voyages of Discovery with the Celtic Saints.
By John Matthews
ISBN: 0-06-251561-6

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