Practice Daily Prayer in the Celtic Tradition: Day 29 of the Pray-May Challenge

We are almost done our 31 day prayer challenge, and I’ve been waiting to introduce you to Celtic Daily Prayer. In this wonderful tradition, people gather together (if possible) morning, noon and evening to pray through a a collection of prayers, Scriptures and meditations. The community at Northumbria produced this prayer guide in order to share with others the central liturgy of their community. I’m very thankful for them.

I have found this prayer book to be a terrific resource. We have used it as a family around the table, as a church for weekend retreats, as well as for personal prayer times. I love the rhythm of this liturgy, the way the prayers work deep into your heart and mind (as you use them more and more), going with you throughout your day, and bringing you back again.

For those unaccustomed to recited prayers, it will be new and invigorating, even if the strangeness of it may take some getting used to. For others more familiar, it will re-introduce you to practices you may have forgotten.

For Day 29, I challenge you to do two things: 
  1. First, go over to the Northumbria Community website, and read the page describing how to use this prayer book (they call it “Praying the Daily Office”).
  2. Second, pray the morning, midday and evening prayers, which can be either on the page I just linked you to, or by following these links:

This is a resource you will want to come back to, and so I am going to minimize my own words today, encouraging you instead to dive deep into the Northumbria Community and experience all the Spirit has for you through them. Keep coming back to this site, and consider buying the Celtic Daily Prayer book for yourself and your family.

That’s all for today. And with the words of blessing which conclude the Celtic Morning Prayer, I send you: 

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen