Slowing Down with Celtic Prayer

Celtic Prayer at The Commons copyCeltic Daily PrayerAs part of our Slowing Church Down emphasis The Commons is using a Celtic Prayer Liturgy at our Worship Gathering for all of January 2016.

The prayer is called The Ita Compline and is found in the the Celtic Daily Prayer Book created by the Northumbria Community.

The prayer is named after Ita,

“…who died in about 570, was abbess of a women’s community in Killeedy, County Limerick in Ireland. She ran a school for boys where she taught:Faith in God with purity of heart; simplicity of life with religion; generosity with love. Among those schooled by Ita was Brendan, who honoured her as his foster-mother and adviser. The Compline that follows is named after her because of its emphasis on examination of the heart, and the prayers of care and protection for each soul who crosses our path.” www.northumbriacommunity.org

Below is the prayer we are journeying with for January. The bold text is spoken by the community and  the regular text is read by a single voice.

The Ita Compline:

The Sacred Three:
to save, to shield, to surround
the hearth, the home, this night
and every night.

Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me

and lead me in the way everlasting.

O Father, O Son, O Holy Spirit,
forgive me my sins.
O only-begotten Son of the heavenly Father,
forgive.

O God who is one,
O God who is true,
O God who is first,
O God who is one substance,
O God only mighty,
in three Persons, truly merciful,
forgive.

O God of life, this night,
O darken not to me Thy light.
O God of life, this night,

close not Thy gladness to my sight.

Keep Your people, Lord,
in the arms of Your embrace.
Shelter them under Your wings.

Be their light in darkness.
Be their hope in distress.
Be their calm in anxiety.
Be strength in their weakness.
Be their comfort in pain.
Be their song in the night.

In peace will I lie down, for it is You, O Lord,
You alone who makes me to rest secure.

Be it on Your own beloved arm,
O God of grace, that I in peace shall awake.

Be the peace of the Spirit
mine this night.
Be the peace of the Son
mine this night.
Be the peace of the Father
mine this night.
The peace of all peace
be mine this night.
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.