Followers of the Celtic Way

A weekly service of prayer, songs and readings
every Saturday at 5 pm
(followed by a light supper)

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On September 16th, the feast day of St. Ninian, who brought Christianity to the lowlands of Scotland, 20 of us gathered for the first service of the Followers of the Celtic Way.  We sang, prayed, meditated, shared a meal and conversation, and we heard a little about the faith of the early Christian Celts.

Followers of the Celtic Way is a deliberate play on words, because the earliest disciples of Jesus were known as ‘Followers of the Way’ before the name Christians existed.  We know very little about the actual worship practices of the Celtic Church as it existed in northern Europe 1000 to 1500 years ago.  Soldiers from the Roman army had brought knowledge of Jesus Christ to those lands very early on, but when the Roman legions withdrew, an indigenous form of Christianity developed in what are today England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany.  From the writings that we have available, we know that the Celtic view of Christianity differed from that of the Roman Church in the emphasis that they placed on the goodness of all God’s Creation (including humanity’s innate goodness).  They stressed the seamlessness between the sacred and the profane, and the equality of men and women in the Church and in society.   Their faith was conventional in that they accepted Jesus to be the Son of God, and the concept of the Trinity – God the Creator/Father, Jesus as God’s Son, and the Holy Spirit which remained to inspire them and us after Jesus left this earth.  But we know almost nothing about the prayers and songs that they used.  Our liturgies therefore reflect what we understand (guess?) to have been their mind-set, but are not original to the Celts a millennium and a half ago.

Every Saturday, we will continue to meet at 5pm at 7051 Guelph Line at Derry Road (in the Narthex of St George’s Church). We’d love it if you’d come and see what we are all about, and we hope you’ll like us enough to come back again.
  
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