Many who desire to explore ancient Christianity have discovered the paths of Celtic Christianity. The faith of these early saints has inspired my spiritual journey by their ability to find the Holy in the daily in every aspect of their lives. This post is the second in a two-week series on these early Christians.
Celtic Christianity flourished during the years between 400 A.D. and 1100 A.D.
Eleven facts about the paths of Celtic Christianity
Celtic Christians developed a deep sense of mission and are credited with evangelizing the British Isles and Europe in a very short amount of time.
They honored the Trinity and each Person of the Trinity.
Important elements of their life were reflection, contemplation, silence, and solitude—where one could listen for the “heartbeat of Jesus.”
There was an enjoyment and honoring of creation. God was often addressed as Lord of the Elements.
Prayer was practiced throughout the day as folks went about their daily chores and business. These Celtic prayers were often in the form of songs or poems. Fixed hour prayer was practiced alone and as a community.
Celtic Christians celebrated the seasons as a sacred rhythm. God was to be experienced in the “now,” not just after death, so the daily routine of life was viewed as holy.
Friendships, mentoring, and accountability were regarded as eternal relationships. Having a “soul friend” was considered vital to a person’s development.
Hospitality was practiced in every home.
Celtic Christians honored and preserved the Scriptures during the dark ages when the Roman Empire was falling. Most of the known Christian world was in disarray. Their love of learning led to many monastic schools and the education of the common people, many of whom became missionaries.
The value of emotional health was reflected in the saying, “Unless we learn to live with ourselves, we cannot live with others.”
This is just a taste of what you will find as you explore the ancient paths of Celtic Christianity.
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV).
Check in on Friday when I will be sharing my thoughts on Celtic Treasure, a book by Liz Babbs. Then next week I will be doing a three part interview with Liz about the paths of Celtic Christianity and her writings. You will enjoy reading this English woman as she shares her experiences and insights.
In Him together, Susan Gaddis