Redeemer has been offering a "Eucharist in the Celtic tradition" since November of 2005. Originally modeled on a liturgy from the Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, our Celtic service has developed as a contemporary liturgy based on the theology of the ancient Celts enlivened with traditional music and focusing on themes of nature that change throughout the liturgical year. These themes are in keeping with the Celtic theological emphasis on creation and God's presence in all aspects of creation.
The Celtic service is offered each Sunday evening at 5:00 pm in the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This venue has narrow but clear windows (with full windows at the upper levels), which provide views of the sunset or the changing leaves or the snow that enhance the worship experience. Our Celtic Guild uses greens and lots of candles to set the atmosphere for the service.
Most Sundays during the program year our service is enriched by music provided by our Celtic musicians. A variety of instruments including guitar, recorder, flute, violin, concertina and bhodran join in playing tradtional tunes from Scotland, Ireland and other Celtic lands. A few pieces include congregational singing.
If you are interested in creating a Celtic liturgy for your own use, please contact Elizabeth Grover. If you are intrigued by the refreshing aspects of a Celtic liturgy, we hope that you can join us for a service on Sundays at 5 pm. Until then...
May God give us light to guide us,
courage to support us,
and love to unite us,
now and ever more.