Celebrating Thirteen Years of
Celtic Spirituality at All Saints Parish

Welcome to the Celtic Spirituality page

Here you will find information about the Celtic Holy Eucharist at All Saints Parish
and learn about the Celtic spiritual tradition.

Each of the links below opens to a new page so you may
continue to listen to the music while reading.
More Celtic music at the bottom of the page.


(Communion Service with Celtic liturgy and music)

is celebrated every SATURDAY at 5PM.


celtic cross

Celtic Potluck Social Hour

The next Celtic Potluck social hour will be on September 15 after the 5:00 p.m. service. Please bring something to share. For information, please contact Jane at 617-713-0303.


Features of Celtic Spirituality:

St. John's cross

St. John's Cross, Iona
(Photo by Anne-Marie Ellis)

  • Love of nature and a passion for the wild and elemental as a reminder of God's gift.
  • Love and respect for art and poetry.
  • Love and respect for the great stories and higher learning.
  • Sense of God and the saints as a continuing, personal, helpful presence.
  • Theologically orthodox, yet with heavy emphasis on the Trinity, and a love and respect for Mary, the Incarnation of Christ, and liturgy.
  • Thin boundaries between the sacred and the secular.
  • Unique Church structure: there were originally no towns, just nomadic settlements, hence the church was more monastic rather than diocesan, resulting in quite independent rules and liturgies.
  • Ireland was very isolated; it was hard to impose outside central Roman authority.
  • Influenced much by middle-eastern and Coptic monasticism.
  • Monasteries were often huge theocratic villages often associated with a clan with the same kinship ties, along with slaves, freemen, celibate monks, married clergy, professed lay people, men and women living side by side.
  • While some monasteries were in isolated places, many more were at the crossroads of provincial territories.
  • Women had more equal footing in ancient Irish law, thus had more equal say in church governance.
  • Developed the idea of having a "soul friend" (anamchara) to help in spiritual direction.
  • Invented personal confession.
  • Oral word-based culture; most of the people were illiterate but had great memorization skills. They loved to hear great stories.
  • A sense of closeness and immanence between the natural and supernatural.
  • A mandate for hospitality.
  • Emphasis on family and kinship ties.

Learn about the Celtic tradition:

Say a Celtic Prayer (or two)

Read about Celtic Saints:


Listen to Celtic Music:

Down by the Salley Gardens


Siamsa (from Lord of the Dance)

Lord of the Dance (traditional)

Marian at the Waterfall

All Through the Night

Morning Has Broken



Carolan's Welcome


Lament for Limerick

The Yew Tree

Dumbarton's Drums



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