A Holy Island Prayer Book

Ray Simpson

Nov/2002, 192 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819219350



The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is often called "the holiest place in England" because of all the saints who have lived there. St. Aidan and St. Cuthbert, two popular Celtic saints, are buried there. For more than 1,300 years pilgrims have made their way to this island, which now hosts half a million visitors a year. A Holy Island Prayer Book, with prayers for morning, midday, and night, follows the rhythms and seasons of the natural and Christian year as observed on Holy Island.

More contemplative than the earthy spirituality of communities such as Iona, each day of the week has a special theme:

Sunday: Resurrection and renewal

Monday: Creation

Tuesday: incarnation and peace

Wednesday: The Holy Spirit in mission and healing

Thursday: Community and unity

Friday: With broken people at the Cross

Saturday: Leisure (morning) and the Saints (night)

A Holy Island Prayer Book includes prayers by popular author David Adam, and is the perfect companion for anyone who has visited Holy Island, or those who are there in spirit.

Ray Simpson is an Anglican priest and the guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda, a dispersed community with a retreat house on Holy Island. He is the author of numerous books on Celtic spirituality. He lives in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England.

"...offers a four-week cycle of readings and prayers taken from the liturgy of the parish church on Holy Island, or Lindisfarne. Simpson, an Anglican priest and retreat leader on the island, presents simple, elegant prayers for each day of the week, including separate prayers for morning, midday and evening. The handy pocket-sized prayer book will appeal to many armchair pilgrims who can't make it to the Northumberland coast."—Publishers Weekly

"Anyone interested in Celtic Christian Spirituality will be familiar with Fr. Ray Simpson. Simpson, the Guardian of the Community of Aiden and Hilda, and author of numerous other texts that also seek to explore the Celtic tradition, has once again sought to offer us a drink form the well of the Holy Island (Lindisfarne)."—Fr. Donald P. Richardson, MSSJ, The Anglican Missioner

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