Celtic Worship at Trinity

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Welcome to May. The flowers are starting to bloom, the temperature is going up and we have more hours of daylight. It’s a beautiful time of the year in Northern Virginia.

It’s also a great time to seek out the beauty in worship. If you’ve never experienced our Celtic worship service, I invite you to come join us. We meet on the last Sunday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Chapel. We offer times of quiet, hear lovely prayers, and listen to inspiring music played on the hammered dulcimer. Think of it as an antidote to the stress and tension of our daily lives.

Here’s the type of prayer we might read during a Celtic worship. It’s from Saint Patrick, the fifth-century missionary and bishop in Ireland.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in the eye that sees me,

Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

Through a belief in the Threeness,

Through a confession of the Oneness

Of the Creator of creation.

I hope to see you at our next Celtic worship!


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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