Saintsbridge: Celts to the Creche


Celts to the Crèche 

 A Celtic Advent Devotional 

November 15-December 24

A Forty Day Pilgrimage through the Advent Season with Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Saints 

Virgin Mary with Infant Jesus from the Book of Kells. Trinity College, Dublin

     Mary with Infant Jesus from the Book of Kells. Trinity College, Dublin

 Celtic Advent Pilgrimage Begins!

 The early Celtic monks would get into their little leather boats called coracles, paddle out to the sea, pull their oars into the boat, and pray, “Spirit, blow me to my place of Resurrection.”

Wherever they landed, was to be the place chosen by the Spirit where they would live, share the Gospel, and experience their future Day of Resurrection at the end of their life.  In our sacred imagination, let us jump into our little coracle and ask the Spirit to blow us to places we never dreamed or imagined as we journey together with the Celts to the Crèche, where Christ is born anew in our lives this holy season.

A Note: Thank you so much for joining me on this Celts to the Crèche 40 days of Advent pilgrimage. I am passionate about the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon saints, so if there is too much information for you, just read the first short section, browse through the photos, and scroll down the page to the “Meditation.” You will still get a good sense of that saint’s life and work.  It is my hope that as you read these daily devotionals throughout this Advent season, that one of these saints may touch your life and become a soul friend. May this Advent season be especially  “thin” for all of us.

Blow, Spirit, Blow 

Leather Coracle. photo from boats

A Celtic Prayer for Pilgrimage

God be with us at each stop and each sea;

At each lying down and each rising up;

In the trough of the waves;

On the crest of the billows;

Each step of the journey we take.