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The Open Gate

Celtic Prayers for Growing Spirituality

Author(s): David Adam

ISBN13: 9780281047673

ISBN10: 0281047677

Publisher: Triangle (15 Sept. 1994)

Extent: 118 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 17.2 x 11 x 1 cm

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  • The Open Gate offers an opportunity for us all to enter new fields. It is an invitation to deepen our prayer life, for God leaves open possibilities for His love and shuts no one out.


    David Adam offers a rich mine of resources both for personal daily prayer and corporate weekly worship. Written in the Celtic tradition, and illustrated by striking line drawings, his book is designed to stimulate spiritual formation. It is loosely structured around the communion service and includes prayers of confession, adoration, intercession and thanksgiving, as well as a simple Celtic daily office.


    The Open Gate is especially suitable for those being confirmed, new Christians and anyone wanting to refresh and find structure for their devotional life.

  • David Adam

          David Adam is one of the best-loved figures in Celtic Spirituality. He also writes poetry and teaching material for churches. Living on Holy Island for thirteen years he has a special love for the saints of Iona and Lindisfarne. He now lives on land that was once given to St Cuthbert.

    A good few of David’s poems and prayers have been turned into songs or hymns and they appear on CDs. He has broadcast on TV and radio on many occasions, talking on Celtic saints and their way of life. He is interested in Northumbrian folk tales and with a folk singer relates these to various audiences. He is a keen bird-watcher and loves walking in the hills.

    David wants people to learn to stop for a while and to wonder at the mystery of the whole of creation and the marvel of their own being. ‘Too many people see the world as a problem to be solved rather than a mystery to be enjoyed.’

    He has a great interest in liturgy and believes it should be deepened by teaching people to meditate on the simplest yet most profound of statements such as: ‘The Lord is here’.

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