Posts Tagged: Celtic

St. Patrick: Peacemaker

St. Patrick: Peacemaker

A Meditation for Saint Patrick’s Day [Notes for a sermon first presented at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, 2008] There is a joke going around Dublin these days that claims St. Patrick made a mistake when he drove the snakes out of Ireland – It should have been the lawyers. An interesting observation in… Read more

The Celebration of Creation

The Celebration of Creation

“Our God is the God of Heaven and Earth, of sea and river, of sun and moon and stars, of the lofty mountain and the lowly valley.”1 These words of St. Patrick are the epitome of the Celtic Christian’s holy embrace of nature. They speak of their sense of ecology. Everywhere one goes, even today,… Read more

A Divine Family

A Divine Family

According to Caesar and others the name of the Celtic god was Dis. Dis like Chronos ate his young, but unlike Chronos, who does so to keep his power, Dis eats them when they are maimed and spits them back out whole. (The use of cauldrons in Celtic lore is symbolic of this.) Although often… Read more

Hear The Music

Hear The Music

The language of the Celtic imagination, in whatever form it takes, pours forth from an overwhelming sense of the Other-World and a feeling of harmony with it. Let us make no mistake about it, language – whether spoken, played or drawn – to the Celts is music. To hear the music you must reach into… Read more

The Creative Melody

The Creative Melody

To the Greeks words were but containers of meaning, but Ancient Celtic myth tells of how the Great High God sang the created world into existence with but the breath of a word. Some myths such as the Babylonian Ennuma elish saw creation as the outcome of battle between the forces of good and evil,… Read more

Oran Mór: The Primordial Celtic Myth

Oran Mór: The Primordial Celtic Myth

Oran Mór Quiet— Eternal Quiet. Not even the sound of the restless, stirring, dark waters could be heard. Then, a great spiraling strain of Melody moved across the endless waters. Subdued at first, then quickly gathering momentum until it reached a great crescendo. And, then, there was Life! But the Melody did not stop. It… Read more

Pilgrimage as Prayer

Pilgrimage as Prayer

I on my path, O God, Thou God in my steps, Bless to me, O God, The earth beneath my foot. Bless to me, O God, The path wherever I go. (Carmina Gadelica, III) The idea of pilgrimage as prayer permeates many spiritual traditions, yet is a concept that is frequently overlooked in works on… Read more

Holiness Spelled with a ‘W’

Holiness Spelled with a ‘W’

Christianity is about both wholeness and holiness. It is with this indictment of the Church that we begin our exploration of Celtic Christianity, for Celtic Christianity, if she does nothing else, calls the Church back to wholeness with the emphasis on the “h.” In defense, some Christians claim that Celtic Christianity is infused with paganism… Read more

The Year’s Journey

The Year’s Journey

The Celtic year was a lunar year divided into twelve months, beginning with Samhain, with an occasional extra month to balance out the extra day of the solar year. Months began on the full moon, which is easier to see on cloudy nights. The first century CE Gaulish Coligny Calendar (see chart) observed a 30… Read more