Glory Prayer | John Philip Newell | Celtic Spirituality

_CES0292

Glory be to you

Great Creating Spirit

who shines in distant stars beyond numbering.

And on earth peace.

Glory be to you

Great Creating Spirit

who sings and wings in birds on high.

And on earth peace.

Glory be to you

Great Creating Spirit

whose thunder shakes the shining firmament.

And on earth peace.

Glory glory glory

and on earth peace.

-from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell | photo credit: Chuck Summers

Blessings On This Day | John Philip Newell | Prayer | Celtic Spirituality

IMG_3398

On this day

the blessings of heaven.

On this day

the blessings of earth.

On this day

the blessings of sea and of sky.

To open us to life

to ground us in life

to fill us with life

and with wonder.

On those we love this day

and on every human family

the blessings of heaven

the blessings of earth

the blessings of sea and of sky.

From Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell | photo credit: Ben Lindwall

“Prayer for Presence” and “Chant: As A Deer Longs” John Philip Newell

May Your Love Be Born Again In Me | John Philip Newell | Prayer

e_CES0556In my mother’s womb
you knew me, O God.
In my father’s birth
and in the birth of his father were my beginnings.

At the inception of time
and even before time began
your love conceived of my being.
As you have known me
so may I come to know you.
As you prepared my birth
so may I make way for fresh birthings of your Spirit. As you sowed all things in love
so may your love for all things be born in me,
so may your love be born again in me.

John Philip Newell, “Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter”, 82. Photo by Chuck Summers.

 

Join Our Email List

Email:



For Email Newsletters you can trust

 

The Sound of the Universe | John Philip Newell | Prayer

Milky Way and adromeda at SunToMoon utah_lane_1800We pause to listen

for the beat of your Presence in all things

pulsing in the light of distant galaxies

sounding in the depths of our soul

vibrating in each vein of earth’s body.

One Sound as vast as the universe

one universe filled with Presence

one Life within every life.

John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 10. Photo of milky way extending from the Temple of the sun (left) to the Temple of the Moon (right) in Utah by David Lane.

Let Our Soul Breath Hope | John Philip Newell | Prayer

Monument Valley totem pole (h) crFor the freshness of this new day

thanks be to you, O God.

For morning’s gift of clarity

its light like the first day’s dawn

thanks be to you.

In this newborn light

let us see afresh.

In this gateway onto what has never been before

let our soul breathe hope

for the earth

for the creatures

for the human family.

Let our soul breathe hope.

John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 15. Photo by Chuck Summers.

You Are the Sun

Clingman Dome sunset (h) crLight

golden light

fresh from the source.

Colours

creation’s colours

calling our senses.

Life

life in its oneness

life in its manifold oneness

all from You.

 You are the Sun from whom the morning shines

You are the River in whom each life-form flows

each face

each race

each cell within our ever-living soul.

This new day we greet You.

John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 12. Photo by Chuck Summers.

Can God Be Reborn?

By Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer

The key was in the title and I was looking in the smaller print.

Why was the Downeast Spiritual Life Conference, in Castine, Maine, in mid-July, important and what was it about John Philip’s message that was crucial?

“Spirit,” ”Earth,” and “Human Soul” were all in the subtitle of the conference brochure. These are words that flag our present state of awareness: Spirit we know is somehow the answer to what’s the matter with us; Earth has moved to the top of our list of ultimate concerns, and to address our Human Soul does feel like the way back to life in the Spirit and for the Earth.

The key that John Philip brought was: the divine that is being reborn is in us; the God that is delivering us anew is the Mother God.

But the conference title’s main three words were: “Rebirthing the Divine.”  I was wondering if God could be reborn. So much for a churchman’s theological question.

The key that John Philip brought was: the divine that is being reborn is in us; the God that is delivering us anew is the Mother God.

On the last page of the brochure were prayer words of Jesus from his “Celtic Earth Mass” “Ground of all being,/ Mother of life,/ Your name is sacred.”

Labyrinth photoThe final lecture was centered on the testimony to hope and action of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman leader in Burma. It is to “Lady Wisdom” John Philip said we need to turn. A key visual image in his talk was the sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz, first called “Our Lady of Delight” and renamed more conventionally, “The Descent of the Spirit.” (See John Phillip’s YouTube Holy Week talk on the piece.)

Where can we see this statue? At the Roofless Church in New Harmony, Indiana, a church conceived of and built fifty years ago by a lady of wisdom and wealth, Jane Owen, who also commissioned the sculpture. Where else can we see it? At Iona. And what did John Philip say was his favorite place to pray at Iona now? The Nunnery, the open air, half-destroyed singularly feminine presence on the island.

Many of the lectures quotes and stories came from the life of Teilhard de Chardin, who while exiled to China learned that it is the “fragrance of The Feminine “that invites us to union with God.

A crucial story John Philip told was of the radical ego-ending epiphany of Bede Griffiths, the British-born Benedictine, at his Ashram in India, where he both had a stroke and came to experience the feminine side of God simultaneously. It was more than his system could take, yet it took him to freedom and peace on the other side of ego. (See Bede Griffiths’s YouTube talk on his encounter with the Feminine Divine.)

Believe, as Martin Buber did, not in Jesus but with Jesus. Have the courage to see with a drafting compass that roots you in the other as in yourself; feel with clarity of heart; and act in order to have full life.

But none of this was some new creed or some correct vocabulary. We were called by prayer supplication words such as “Send out your light. Let it bring me to your dwelling.” “Wait and be of good courage”. Believe, as Martin Buber did, not in Jesus but with Jesus. Have the courage to see with a drafting compass that roots you in the other as in yourself; feel with clarity of heart; and act in order to have full life. Oh, and expect to find Light in the other, chant and breathe, for we are at the time when we can no longer hold on to our religious inheritance but must also open to the religions of the world, for the sake of our Spirit and Mother Earth.

Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer, recently moved from New Harmony, Indiana, to Belfast, Maine. He is the author of ”Desperately Seeking Mary” and offers workshops, labyrinth experiences, and Spiritual Formation in coastal Maine. 

*photo above by Collen Meyers during Chris Farrow-Noble’s Class at the Downeast Spiritual Life Conference.

The Glow of the Eternal | John Philip Newell | Celtic Spirituality

CB-3In the temple of my inner being,
in the temple of my body,
in the temple of earth, sea and sky,
in the great temple of the universe
I look for the light that was in the beginning,
the mighty fire that blazes still from the heart of life, glowing in the whiteness of the moon,
glistening in night stars,
hidden in the black earth,
concealed in unknown depths of my soul.
In both the light and the shadows of my being let me glimpse the glow of the eternal.

John Philip Newell, “Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter”, 68. Photo by Chuck Summers.

Pray for Peace Today

photoPeace where there is war

healing where there is hurt

memory where we have forgotten the other.

Vision where there is violence

light where there is madness

sight where we have blinded each other.

Comfort where there is sorrow

tears where there is hardness

laughter where we have missed life’s joy

laughter when we remember the joy.

John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 29.