Celtic Christian rites of transition

This was forwarded me from a reiki practitioner friend. He’s had impactful sessions with end-of-life clients. In response to one of these stories, a Celtic Christian shared this on their tradition.

“Celtic Christians do not have a rite of “Extreme Unction” at the close of someone’s life, but we do have a very important rite which is called “Soul Leading”.

Contact is established between the two souls: he/she who is crossing over from this plain to another, and the “leader”.  Actually, “leader” is not a good term, for what the attendant person is doing is simply trying to get across that the person who is leaving should do so without worrying about those who are left behind; that we who remain will show grief, but that s/he who is leaving must go ahead, being able to look in on us from time to time. Of course, we do not believe that there is such a thing as “death”, but rather a transition.

“When you see a light, walk into that light. When you hear a familiar voice, walk toward that voice. Do not look back, for we will be alright. We love you and honor you and cherish the time that you were with us. We will meet again soon”

I swear that many a time a person departing has opened her eyes and there was a look of love, gratitude and great relief in her eyes.

beautiful, and I’m thankful that this was shared.

Going to Wiki (on Celtic Christianity of Insular Christianity) to get more background … after the 7th C there is no cohesion in this group … many separate lines developed.

The email makes this distinction which I don’t see reference to in the Wiki information.

“Celtic Christians (Sabbatarians) received their Christian teachings by way of Apostle John rather than through Paul.

and apparently the impact of the church on social life/structure/eduction was quite profound. This from wiki:

The achievements of Christianity in the Celtic-speaking world are significant beyond what could be expected. Irish society, for example, had no history of literacy until the advent of Christianity, yet within a few generations of the arrival of the first missionaries the monastic and clerical class of the isle had become fully integrated with the culture of Latin letters. Besides just Latin, Irish ecclesiastics developed a written language for Old Irish.

My emails, conversations and internet readings (Wikipedia is tops) are the sources of my constant education.


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