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The Celtic Way of Prayer

The Recovery of the Religious Imagination

by Esther De Waal

Esther de Waal, one of Celtic Chris­tian­i­ty’s pre­em­i­nent schol­ars, shows how this tra­di­tion of wor­ship draws on both the pre-Chris­t­ian past and on the full­ness of the Gospel. It is also an enlight­en­ing glimpse at the his­to­ry, folk­lore, and litur­gy of the Celtic peo­ple.

Esther de Waal intro­duces read­ers to monas­tic prayer and praise (the foun­da­tion stone of Celtic Chris­tian­i­ty), ear­ly Irish lita­nies, medieval Welsh praise poems, and the wealth of bless­ings derived from an oral tra­di­tion that made prayer a part of dai­ly life. Through this invig­o­rat­ing book, read­ers enter a world in which rit­u­al and rhythm, nature and sea­sons, images and sym­bols play an essen­tial role. A wel­come con­trast to mod­ern wor­ship, Celtic prayer is lib­er­at­ing and, like a liv­ing spring, for­ev­er fresh.

1999

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