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For All The Saints

The world's churches procaim 'we believe in the communion of saints' in their common creed. They believe that all Christians are called to be be saints, though some are more saintly than others.The Bible calls them 'the cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1). Celtic Christians knows them as 'the holy and...

Posted at 19:53pm on 1st November 2018








After six hours driving and two ferries I am on Saint Columba’s ‘Iona of my love.’ . ‘A thin place where only tissue paper separates the material from the spiritual’ said George McLeod. ‘That man is little to...

Posted at 16:30pm on 26th October 2018

Join Our Istanbul Pilgrimage


Aidan and Hilda Pilgrimage to  Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul

 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul has graciously offered an audience to Aidan and Hilda and ecumenical friends on Saturday December 15 at 15.00. A member from Denmark, Norway, UK and USA have already signed up. We would love it if you can join...

Posted at 08:05am on 19th October 2018

Churches That Are Eco-communities


Spain's Costa Blanca was beautiful except for mosquitos at night. My sister Sally and I rented an air B&B along the road from the Irish family of our nephew Peter. We celebrated the birthdays of mother Fiona and daughter Cara. Friends from the European Union School where she teaches and...

Posted at 09:22am on 12th October 2018

Lindisfarne Forth To Spain


On Saturday USA's Rev Sandi Kerner and I visited David Adam, who re-kindled in us his vision for Holy Island and for every thing and every where. I gave him a copy of my novel 'Aidan of Lindisfarne: Irish Flame Warms a New World'. He gave us a copy of...

Posted at 07:46am on 5th October 2018

Coming Together


I preach at Saint Hilda's Church, Lucker.

Our Deputy Guardian, David Cole, stays over night.  I was asked to write an appreciation of his excellent new book Celtic Advent. He leads an Open Gate Retrat on God in nature.

Brenda and I shift a large amount of office work before she holidays...

Posted at 17:23pm on 28th September 2018

Celebrations For Tweets, Web Site And Facebook


Tomorrow @praycelticdaily celebrates its three thousandth daily prayer tweet.  Does the phrase 'the ceaseless prayer of the heart' come to mind?

Daily emails on The Way for three years are now  waiting to be sent. Bruce Challenor, who pastes and sends them through Mailchimp shortly begins a tour to visit Aidan...

Posted at 09:13am on 21st September 2018

Parliament Reception For Palestinian Aid: A Ca&h House In Bethlehem?

On Wednesday I was a guest at a cross-party reception at Edinburgh's Parliament for Medical Aid for Palestinians. A doctor told us how large numbers of the injured in Gaza are still untreated, and how health services are at breaking point.  The health of so many is worsening that, if...

Posted at 10:12am on 14th September 2018

A Laird, 20 Bishops And A New Wind

Twenty one members of a Norwich Parish  spent a long week-end on a St. Cuthbert Pilgrimage based at The Open Gate.  They were, led by Explorer Rev Simon Stokes with his guide dog Maine and me as a human guide. On the Saturday we journeyed to Old Melrose, the original...

Posted at 07:58am on 7th September 2018

Oswald - A Model For Political Leaders

This week-end northern Bishops hit rivers, streets and churches in a mission to people who live in the shadow of  England's Northern saints. Archbishop John Sentamu will baptise people in the river Glen and celebrate at St. Aidan's Church Bamburgh, where Oswald, King and Martyr, was based. Recently I preached...

Posted at 07:37am on 31st August 2018
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