Celtic Christianity: A brief introduction

Adult education on November 12 and 19, 2017, at Church of the Redeemer is Celtic Christianity: a brief introduction. This class, taught by Fr. Jed Fox, is at 9:30 am in the Education Building.

The Anglican experience has many roots. In Celtic Christianity, we will explore briefly the Celtic roots of our tradition, looking at the church as it flourished in the 4th to 7th century. Then, we will look at what was rediscovered in the 20th century, showing us how we can continue to renew our ancient roots for the mission of the church today.

What is Celtic Spirituality?

This is based on Celtic Spirituality from the Glossary of the Episcopal Church.

Little is known of the original form of Celtic spirituality (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and Brittany), which may have been influenced by druidic religion. It was dominated by a strict ascetic monasticism. Only an ordained monk in a monastery could become a bishop. There was an eclectic liturgy of mixed Roman and Gallic rituals. And, they kept the Jewish computation of Easter. Missionary zeal led to the founding of monasteries in continental Europe.

Through the influence of Celtic spirituality, a monastic practice of individual confession and of satisfaction proportional to the offense became normative for the sacrament of penance in the whole western church.

In 665 the Synod of Whitby abandoned Celtic customs for those of Rome. Yet great works of art (The Book of Kells, c. 775-800) testified to a persistent religious perception that was unique in Christendom. The monastic Rule of St. Columba (c. 543-615) gave way gradually to the more moderate rule of St. Benedict.

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.