The Celtic Eucharist is a candlelight service using sacred music to provide a meditative worship experience. You are invited to this quiet, contemplative evening worship experience, which is steeped in tradition. This service invites you to enter into a place of rest, prayer and reflection. The atmosphere is one of stillness and calm. Musically, you will hear a variety of “gentler” instruments that may include a Celtic harp, flute, hammered dulcimer, or other stringed instrument. Most of the hymns sung are of a Celtic origin. Silence has a place of importance at various intervals as well. Visually you can expect to see a darkened sanctuary with dozens of lighted candles and an icon or two.
Prayers and liturgical forms used will be from a variety of sources including Iona and Northumbria liturgies as well as traditional Anglican evensong. During the Eucharist all will be welcome to come forward to the altar table, which will be at the base of the chancel steps. There is also an opportunity during the service for anyone to light a candle as a tangible reminder of those for whom we pray.
The Celtic worship service is a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend, family member or acquaintance to join you. All are welcome at the Eucharist. We invite you to this experience that we hope will help you to a deeper place of spiritual attentiveness, a place where you experience God.
Child care in the church nursery is available during the service. Children are welcome at this service, and may participate depending on their age and interest.
If you are interested in serving on our Celtic Eucharist Guild, please contact Debbie Scott at 434/979-6354 or via email.
Celtic Discussion Group
If you have found that Celtic spirituality speaks to you and would like to explore the traditions and symbols of Celtic spirituality, please join others who are like-minded for a Celtic spirituality discussion group. The group is open to all who are interested in this topic, and friends are welcome! We will meet in Neve Hall from 4:00pm to 5:00pm before each Celtic Eucharist. The group will be open to newcomers each month, and the subject will be posted on the church website for those who want to check out the current topic. For more information, contact Debbie Scott.