For our Prayer intentions:
Please pray for our Primate, Metropolitan Mael whose health is none too robust now.
Daily Prayer: All are welcome at Prayer times throughout the day*. We can offer you booklets for your own daily prayers.
The Divine Liturgy: All are welcome at the Liturgy on Sundays [At present THIRD Sundays]* and Feast days.* Communion is given to anyone who is baptised and a communicant member of their own Church, and who truly believes that they are receiving the very body and blood of Christ in communion.
Baptism: Whilst it is not necessary if you do not like the idea, we prefer that we baptise outdoors in fresh running water – a river or stream – or in the sea.
Chrismation: For those wishing to become members of the Celtic Orthodox Church we have the sacramental service of Chrismation where the candidate receives the gift of the Holy Spirit and is anointed with Holy oil.
Marriage: In line with many other Orthodox Churches, to avoid difficulties over legal registration, we would perform the Marriage Service immediately after a legal ceremony in a Registry Office. The legal ceremony would be just that, a legality, and be a quiet affair with just the couple and witnesses present. The Celtic Orthodox Marriage in the sight of God would be for all the guests and could take place out of doors, at the place of the Reception or any other suitable place which would first be blessed by the priest for the purpose. It is very much in the Celtic Tradition that all space is potentially sacred, being part of God’s Creation.
Funerals: We can offer a Celtic Orthodox funeral service at the graveside, at a Cemetery chapel, at a Crematorium, or other suitable place.
Blessings and Prayer: We can offer blessings in a variety of situations and also undertake daily prayer for those in sorrow, sickness, or any kind of need.
Absolution: We will hear your confession and pronounce absolution for the truly penitent. Or we will just listen to whatever you may wish to discuss with a priest, and offer counsel where appropriate and desired.
* Contact Fr Leonard for service times and location.
Some Typical Celtic Prayers and Blessings
May all that is good rise up to greet you;
May all that is evil fall from your path.
God to guard you,
Son to watch you,
Spirit with you,
God to enfold me,
God in my sleeping,
God in my life,
God in my sufficing,