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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (February 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060013249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060013240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More than a prayer book, Celtic Daily Prayer is a gift from the Northumbria Community of northeastern England. This devout religious community, with members scattered around the world, is joined together by the teachings of traditional Celtic Christianity dating back to the sixth century. In assembling this collection of prayers, they offer Christians ancient Celtic devotional writing as well as contemporary sources of wisdom, such as Anne Morrow Lindbergh, T.S. Eliot, and even Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul, and Mary. The focal point for this prayer book is the daily office, although the book also includes additional meditations and daily readings. It offers two complete years of reading, so it should last a while (the publisher also promises follow-up books). Although many of these prayers come from the ancient monastic tradition, they easily speak to Christians contending with everyday things like jobs, childcare, dinners, and house cleaning. In his introduction Richard J. Foster (Celebration of Discipline) claims that this prayer book is most often found "in kitchens with bread baking and tea brewing or in living rooms crammed full of that cozy lived-in feel." --Gail Hudson

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The Northumbria Community consists of Companions dispersed around the United Kingdom and the world, with a motherhouse near the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in northern England. The community is a conscious attempt to find a practical modem expression of a new monasticism, which preserves an uncompromising allegiance to the imperatives of the Sermon on the Mount.

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The book also has a wealth of information on early Celtic saints and their reflections on life.
Andrew Plater
The book includes daily prayer services, daily readings and prayers for set times of the year, as well as prayers/devotions based in the life of Celtic saints.
David G. Robinson
I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a fresh look at prayers and understandings of the Christian faith.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David G. Robinson on February 6, 2003
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Anyone who has traveled to the Island of Lindisfarne will know the gift of such "thin places", where the wonder and glory of heaven radiates into our ordinary lives. Celtic Daily Prayer offers such a threshold type practice for entering "thin places", where we can regularly go to be close to God. Praying "Celtic Daily Prayer" several times a week, I have found this prayer guide a lovely way to deepen my intimacy with God and connect with my Celtic heritage. The book includes daily prayer services, daily readings and prayers for set times of the year, as well as prayers/devotions based in the life of Celtic saints. Even people who hail from a different ethnic heritage will find that Celtic Daily Prayer offers community wisdom and a down to earth guide to daily prayer in the family. The Northumbria Community also offers these daily prayer services and prayers on a CD by the same title, though I found the CD less appealing or helpful than the book. For two other books on Family Prayer, look at THE BUSY FAMILY'S GUIDE TO SPIRITUALITY (Crossroad, 2009) and THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY TOOLBOX: 52 BENEDICTINE ACTIVITIES FOR THE HOME (Crossroad, 2001).The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality: Practical Lessons for Modern Living From the Monastic Tradition
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hinkle on July 18, 2002
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For a blending of the ancient and the modern, this book of prayers and daily devotionals fits the bill better than anything else available today. Besides the liturgies of morning, midday, and evening prayer, with accompanying scripture readings, there are prayers for special situations and events, not to mention two entire years of daily devotional readings. The interest in Celtic Christianity that has taken root in recent years may seem almost faddish, yet there is a depth of spirituality here that is refreshing and rewarding. This is one of the best tools available to strengthen one's inner life with God.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sharon K. Cooper on July 1, 2005
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Immediately following the Table of Contents in Celtic Daily Prayers are these words: "Most powerful Holy Spirit, come down upon us and subdue us. From heaven, where the ordinary is made glorious and glory seems but ordinary bathe us with the brilliance of Your light like dew." This wonderful contribution of liturgical rhythm and flow from the Northumbria Community is a 2002 publication that includes some material from Celtic Daily Prayer (1994 and 1996) Marshall Pickering edition. The publication offers thorough overview in its beginnings. It renders a fine introduction to the Celtic heritage. It includes instructions on how to use the daily office, complines and meditations. If you wish to use the readings and liturgies in your own compilations of church or home liturgies, you may easily do so. The book is well laid out according to the liturgical season. I particularly liked how the Celtic saints were introduced in the Table of Contents, with the "Follow the Example" heading. The saints days and festivals were listed following. In this tradition, saints are NOT viewed as magicians who bring "good luck" or cast spells. Rather, they are to be seen as examples and heralds of the faith encouraging the lives of the faithful. If you have not had exposure to the Christian Celtic heritage, I would advise reading J. Philip Newell's publications of your choice and listen to the liturgical music of John Bell. Newell's books give you a broad historical understanding religious communities like Northumbria. For those who have some exposure to the Celtic contributions within the historical Christian heritage, enjoy this inspirational river of liturgical Grace.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2006
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I have been using Celtic Daily Prayer for almost two years and it continues to amaze me. The combination of familiar repetition and inspirational readings in each day's prayer cycle provides those who "keep the hours" with fresh perspectives in prayer. The daily office was not my tradition until about two years ago, and while I own several traditional prayer books, I am continually drawn to Celtic Daily Prayer as my main guide to the rhythm of daily prayer. For those from a non-Catholic tradition, Celtic Daily Prayer offers a nice transition from the Protestant "devotional time" to the ancient practice of the daily office.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrih on June 29, 2006
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I first stumbled across this book in the local Barnes & Noble, where I sat and perused it, becoming more and more drawn to the liturgies and readings. When I arrived home, I immediately logged on to Amazon.com and put it on my Wish List. One of my friends gave it to me the following Christmas.

The section of the book I use most often is the Daily Office, which can also be found online at the Northumbria Community's web site. The services are short and and designed to be said in community. I introduced my Education for Ministry (EFM) group to the Complines, and they have become a regular part of our worship together.

I also use the "Follow the Example" section of the book when planning liturgies for small groups and retreats. Here you will find a list of Saints and Holy Days with brief biographies and references to the other sections of the book for suggested scripture readings. The Saints range from the ancient and traditional, primarily Celtic, to 20th century figures such as Diterich Bonhoffer, Oscar Romero and Thomas Merton. Nine longer liturgies and reflections based on the lives of specific Saints like Brigid, Brendan and Hild.

The book also contains a series of 31 Daily meditations, a Holy Communion service, a Family Shabbat, Rites of Passage, brief seasonal liturgies, and two series of Daily readings for the year.

A definite must for those interested in Celtic Christianity and Spirituality.
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