A Celtic Journey into the Mysteries: Celtic Contemplative Communion
Celtic Christianity refers to a spirituality that characterized the young British church from as early as the fourth century A.D. Although pushed out to the Celtic fringes of Britain after Augustine of Canterbury's Roman mission in 597, it has always managed to survive in one form or another, usually on the edges of formal religion. One of the leaders of the Celtic Christian movement was St. Aidan, Abbot of Lindisfarne, known for his concern for the poor and strangers, who died in 651 A.D. (The starting time for these worship services commemorates him and also happens to be our area code!)
In our Celtic worship, we draw many prayers and texts from the Carmina Gadelica ("the songs and poems of the Gaels," reaching back as far as the 6th century) and from Scotland’s Iona Community. We also incorporate prose and poetry from a wide variety of sources, including the work of our own very talented members. The prayers and readings address more than the transcendent and ultimate questions that most religions define; they also address the mysteries and challenges of everyday life, such as the uncertainty of the near future, the crises of present life, and the unknowns of the past. The Celtic style of contemplative prayer used in this worship is known for engaging imagination through visual and spatial imagery, as well as emphasizing the life of God within creation.
Evening Worship at Pilgrim Featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Evening worship at Pilgrim has been featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune! You can read more about it here. The article was written by journalist Shannon Prather and included comments from a few evening worshippers. We encourage you to share this article on your Facebook page and by any other means you might think of! Help extend the reach of Pilgrim welcome!
Glimpses into Celtic evening worship
Produced by Austin Adesso, with the support of the following generous donors: Diane Brehmer, Brian Hartz, Chris & Nancy Montgomery, Pete & Jen Newburg, and Bob & Debbie Spuit.
Moved in Infinite Love By All Things
September 8 — The meaning is in the waiting
October 13 — Haste to Me, Lord
November 10 — My life is not my life
December 8 — Into Unknown Space, Hoping
January 12 — in the dark, reaching for you
February 9 — You came looking for me
March 8 — Launch Us Heavenwards
Second Sunday of the month, 6:51 pm,
September through March
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