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Each month in the magazine, I choose a book or two and tell you how they captured me. I also interview a Christian author about their love of books. And I choose five top reviews from you – and those women receive complimentary copies of my selection and the latest book from the author I interview.
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Amy Boucher Pye
This month I'm reading ...
Celtic Daily Prayer: Book One: The Journey Begins
Celtic Daily Prayer: Book Two: Farther Up and Farther In
Northumbria Community (William Collins, ISBN 978-0008123024; 978-0008100193)
In my early years in the UK when I worked as an editor at HarperCollins, I was drawn to the many books about Celtic Christianity that were then being published. The ones that intrigued me the most were Celtic Daily Prayer and Celtic Night Prayer by the Northumbria Community, for I loved their richness and beauty.
Each night, my husband and I would pray compline together, and I loved the lyrical refrains going through my mind as I settled down to sleep: “Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm. Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm. Let all the tumult within me cease. Enfold me Lord, in your peace.”
Then in 2012 I led my first retreat at El Palmeral, a wonderful retreat/holiday place in Spain. There – and not only that first year but in the ones following – I experienced the richness and beauty of Celtic Daily Prayer within a community setting, as we were invited to start and end our days with morning prayer and compline. Sung and said prayer with others in the outdoor chapel thus gave us a profound and encouraging bookmark to the day.
One of the practices suggested in the Celtic Daily Prayer morning prayer is the prayer pot, out of which three names are selected for whom we pray (at El Palmeral, the names of the guests are put in the prayer pot, if they give permission). The Lord honours this prayer exercise amazingly, for so many times the name of someone has been selected when they are going through a difficult time. Indeed, I’ve so appreciated this form of intercessory prayer, such as when my name was chosen many times in the weeks when my son was undergoing some difficult dental work.
These new volumes of Celtic Daily Prayer are updated versions, filled with resources for individual and group prayer and reflection. They contain liturgies and daily readings (two years of daily readings each), and prayers for special occasions and the various seasons. The second volume includes the melody lines for all of the parts of the Daily Office that have been set to music.
Liturgy may not be a part of your church tradition, and you might think therefore that these books are not for you. Even if you never dipped into the many prayers, I think these volumes would still be worth getting for the daily readings in each. They are taken from writers old and new – from Celtic saints to monks such as John Cassian and Bede to modern-day writers such as C S Lewis, Frederick Buechner and Bill Hybels.
September can be a time for beginnings. Might you give Celtic Daily Prayer a try? You can also see some of the prayers on the Northumbria Community website
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