CategoryCarmina Gadelica

Learning Theology with Carmina Gadelica: The Communion of Saints

Part One: The Trinity Part Two: Christ Part Three: Christian Hope Part Four: Holy Spirit Gaelic lands were infused with saints: Ireland had its St. Patrick and was deemed the land of ten thousand saints; Scotland was evangelized by St. Columba (Colum Cille) and St. Brigid (Bride) of Kildare. These figures infused the imagination, both elaborating and embellishing upon their real and/or legendary...

Learning Theology with Carmina Gadelica: The Holy Spirit

Part One: The Trinity Part Two: Christ Part Three: Christian Hope As is plainly apparent in the previous installments, the theology of Carmina Gadelica does not treat faith or theology as an abstraction, but tends to concretize it into everyday life. We see invocations of the Trinity, of the Father, Christ, and the Spirit intermingled with seemingly innocuous everyday tasks like smooring a fire...

Learning Theology With Carmina Gadelica: Christian Hope

Part One: The Trinity Part Two: Christ In the previous installment, it was seen that Christ in the theology of the Carmina Gadelica was viewed not merely as a historical figure engaged in historical acts, but rather those acts were understood in an also-happening-now sense. Theology was something that permeated life as it was lived in all its myriad facets, and no more so than in death. Hope has...

Learning Theology With Carmina Gadelica: Christ

Part One: The Trinity The sense of Trinitartian nearness that exists in the Carmina Gadelica is further accentuated by a special closeness to Christ. For while the the triunity of God is just how God is in eternity, the missional relations in salvation history allow finite beings their connection to this surpassing mystery of wonder and beauty. There is a deep connection forged between the...

Learning Theology with Carmina Gadelica: The Trinity

One of my most prized books is Carmina Gadelica, a collection of Gaelic hymns, incantations, prayers, charms and poetry. Compiled by Alexander Carmichael in 1900, this collection puts to paper an infinitely valuable trove of oral culture that might have otherwise been lost. But these hymns and prayers are more than just cultural nuggets- they reflect the deep permeation of Christianity in Gaelic...

Jason Watson

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