Our Father, who art in heaven,
                hallowed be thy Name,
                thy kingdom come,
                thy will be done,
                   on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread.
            And forgive us our trespasses,
                as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
      for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday,  September 16, 2020

Welcome to Celtic Evening Prayer

Opening Prayer:

As the Autumn gales dash themselves upon the coast, so we cast ourselves into the merciful arms of our soul’s teacher.
Give us understanding of this week’s events, the breakthroughs, the revelations, the failures.
May the tides of change sweep away all that is outworn and strengthen whatever is internal in our lives.
Singer of Twilight, we are drawn once more into your melody tonight in Evening Prayer.

Peace Be With You... And Also With You... Let Us Pray.

Quotes from Today’s Lectionary,  September 16, 2020

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.  He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys.  And he also had seven sons and three daughters.  The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-Happuch.  Nowhere in the land were there found women more beautiful as Job’s daughter, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.     Job 42: 12-16

When the owners of a slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.             Acts 16: 19

Then they said to him, “Who are you?  Let us have an answer for those who sent us.  What do you say about yourself?”  (John) said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isiah said.”      John 1: 22-23

Holy Women Holy Men: 

       We honor Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, September 16, 2020.

Ninian’s life and work are known to us through Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. 
Ninian was a Romanized Briton, born in the last half of the 4th century in Southern Scotland.  He was educated, records show, in Rome and ordained an Episcopal priest influenced by Martin of Tours with whom he spent some time.

Bishop Ninian established his base in and around the Lake District in England  and  converted many of the Picts in N. Scotland.

Along with Patrick, these two saints are the links of continuity between the ancient Roman British Church and the developing Celtic Christianity of Ireland and Scotland.

Here is a Collect in his honor:

O God, by the preaching of your blessed servant and bishop Ninian you caused the light of the Gospel to shine in the land of Britain:  Grant, we pray, that having his life and labors in remembrance we may show our thankfulness by following the example of his zeal and patience; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.

                                                                                                             Information taken from Holy Women Holy Men, Church Publishing Inc.  2010              

Let us continue our worship by saying The Lord’s Prayer.

Let us meditate on the following petitions: 

     We take the light of our prayer into the World.
     To pray for those unable to pray; to offer ourselves as answers to prayer.

     We take the light of God’s compassion into the World.
     To come along side those who are oppressed and suffering, may we be as Christ for them.

     We take the light of God’s power into the World.
     God’s strength made perfect in weakness.       

Sun of Righteousness, so gloriously risen, shine in our hearts as we celebrate our redemption, that we may see your way to our eternal home, where you reign, one holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever.  Amen

To conclude our evening prayer service, let me offer you a verse of St. Patrick’s Breastplate.  The Celts felt the presence of Christ almost physically woven around their lives.  They were conscious of being encircled by him, upheld by him and encompassed by him.


This is an old Irish prayer of protection of the “lorica” type.
There is the legend that Saint Patrick sang this when an ambush was laid against him. 
It is also called ” faeth fiade a hainm” referring to a “mist of concealment.”
I hope it brings you calm and the sense of protection in times of trouble. 

The peace and the love of the Trinity to each of you; we gratefully appreciate your participation in our Celtic Evening Prayer…
Peace in Christ...Susan


Hoping that you find time to pray this today . . . .

Peace in Christ . . . Susan



Wednesday Evening Celtic Prayer

 The Evening Prayer Service is based on the prayers of the Iona Abbey Worship, Iona being the island off the west  coast of Scotland,
  a place of ancient Celtic Spirituality and a cradle of Christianity in Scotland. 

  The service on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm is attended by faithful Christians seeking a mid-week spiritual   devotion and usually 
  numbers between 4 and 9 participants.  It is 20 minutes of quiet  prayer, the three daily  Lectionary readings plus Psalm, a homily
  of the "Saint for the Day" listed in Holy Women Holy Men, and Prayer  Requests.
  The service is followed by fellowship in the Parish Hall.  We enjoy conversation and refreshments.

  Please join us for evening Prayer on Wednesday nights.  It is an excellent discipline no matter the season of the
  Church calendar