Brief Book Review: The Pattern of Our Days

The Pattern of Our Days:
Worship in the Celtic Tradition from the Iona Community
By The Iona Community
Edited by Kathy Galloway

Who should read this? Anyone who is a leader of prayer, responsible for developing prayer services, or drawn the Celtic tradition of prayer that is incarnational, ecumenical, inclusive and creaturely.

Why is this book useful? Organized in two sections, the first provides complete liturgies which can be used as a whole or in part; the second is a set of resources, including prayers, litanies, readings, etc. covering every conceivable circumstance.

What intrigued me the most? The wide variety of themes covered and formats used. The “Liturgy for a Stillborn Child” moved me deeply. Throughout the book I found liturgies or prayers that touch into the real dramas of daily living so often overlooked in official public worship.

Kudos for providing the reader with generous indexes: authors of liturgies and resources; and songs with sources. They ease the practical use of this powerful resource.

The Iona Community. Edited by Kathy Galloway.The Pattern of Our Days: Worship in the Celtic Tradition from the Iona CommunityMahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1999. 182 pages. $16.95. ISBN: 978-0809138609.

REVIEWER: Julia Upton, RSM

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