A selection of songs and chants to aid meditation
A SELECTION OF SONGS AND CHANTS TO AID MEDITATION
Alex WhiteheadFollowing on from the service of Celtic Morning Prayer at Swanwick (July 2005), Alex Whitehead offers some suggestions of songs and chants.
Sacred Weave, Celtic Songs from Lindisfarne, the music of Keith Duke drawing on lyrics by David Adams and Ray Simpson: Cassette 1480095, full score 1450276 1 84417 0519 - used at Swanwick.
SALM Vols 1 & 2 Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Scotland
This is in the Free Church of Scotland tradition of unaccompanied chanting: Ref: www.gaelicpsalmsinging.com
Popular reflective songs and chants to assist meditation:
Silence of the Soul by Margaret Rizza, written at St Beuno's, North Wales, publishedby Kevin Mayhew Ltd, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fountain of Life by Margaret Rizza, published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Chants, Reflections for Peace from Taize and Margaret Rizza, info from www.alliancemusic.co.uk
Not in the 'Celtic' tradition, but rediscovered as an aid to contemplation etc, there are now many good recordings of Gregorian Chant eg Meditation by Pro Cantione Antiqua, www.thegiftofmusic.com
There are now masses of good books inspired by the Celtic Mission and of course there are the many best selling books of prayer written in the Celtic tradition by David Adams and others.
Another widely sold and read book, a collection of essays especially relevant to Readers, still in print and obtainable from all good bookshops, came out of the very successful Readers' conference at the College of St Hild and St Bede of 1998, and published in 1999 by Lindisfarne Books, Veritas, ISBN 1-85390-482-1, Christ is the Morning Star, When Celtic Spirituality Meets Benedictine Rule by Linda Burton and Alex Whitehead. (Canon Linda Burton is a Reader and Director of Reader Studies for Durham and the co-author and editor is currently Warden in Lincoln!)
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