A Celtic Lent

I do realize that Lent is leaving us and leading us to the glorious victory of the Son of God, that death will be no more, there will be neither mourning or weeping in the place which he has gone to prepare for us. Looking to the experience of a Celtic Holy Week – see below:

celtic-lent

celtic-lent2The Cross and the Rose go back hundreds of years and the meaning of the two coming together as one is very well documented. The Cross represents earthly pain, grief and suffering while the Rose symbolizes hope, comfort and salvation. The two together speak directly of mans journey toward God.

1.  All Creation is alive with the presence of God.  “Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Celtic Christianity is its affinity with nature. (Iona is an absolutely stunning island, where the line between God and the world is what MacLeod called ’tissue thin’.)  The Celts enthusiastically affirmed the psalmist’s declaration, ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims (God’s) handiwork’ (Psalm 19:1).  The Celts believed that all creation is alive with God’s presence.  Because God’s Spirit dwells in all living things, everything is inherently good…  Every moment, every location could therefore become a time and place for encountering God.

 

 For a Celtic Lent:  “Celebrate the wonder of creation.  Plant a flower and watch it grow.  Take time each day to sense the changes taking place, even those changes you cannot see.  Do what is necessary to nurture its growth.  Marvel at the wonder of Creation and give thanks to God for the gift of life.

 

The Armour of God

 2.  God’s good creation has been corrupted by evil.  “The Celts were not naive about the perniciousness of sin.  Evil was an invading army that had to be driven out.  Protection was needed.  St. Paul tells us to “put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11), so through prayer Celts ‘bound’ to themselves spiritual breastplates, called Loricas, to reassure them of divine protection.  With the right arm outstretched they would turn sunward making a full circle as they recited St. Patrick’s famous cairn or prayer:

 

 ‘Christ be with me, Christ within me

 Christ behind me, Christ before me,

 Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

 Christ to comfort and restore me,

 Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

 Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

 Christ in hearts of all that love me,

 Christ in mouth of friend and stranger’.

 

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“Holy Week: Sanctuary:”. 2018. “Holy Week: Sanctuary:”. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.oursanctuary.net/. [Accessed 15 March 2018].