In 2007, I attended a weekend retreat in Northeast England at Nether Springs, the mother house of the Northumbria Community. I’d been following the Community online for several years, and had started using their unintentional bestseller Celtic Daily Prayer in my personal devotions, and although I’ll skip the details for now, my time at Nether Springs exceeded my expectations.
I still receive regular updates from the Community, and I’m happy to say my family has (mostly) adopted their Daily Prayer as our own. We’ve worn out several Celtic Daily Prayer CDs — the sung versions are our favorites — and I now have the whole Celtic Daily Prayer album downloaded on my phone and computer as MP3s.
I started adapting the associated meditations and Scripture readings from Celtic Daily Prayer a few years ago because I didn’t fully identify with some of them, and I’d discovered the more personal connections I felt to what I was praying or meditating on the more meaningful my prayer practice became. So I compiled a bunch of stuff and sifted through it and copied it all down in a black Moleskine. I used it for about a year and then I lost it, and only afterward did I realize that I never made a copy of it.
So I started over. I resifted everything and re-copied it into a grey pocket-sized Moleskine notebook — the unlined kind to be exact, as I’m not a fan of lines on pieces of paper. Then, after my friend Amy Jo taught me how to quick-draw vines on a page, I added vines and a few other artistic elements to the cover and inside pages. (I watched a YouTube video to learn how to draw a loaf of bread, and I’m particularly proud of it.)
Below you’ll find links to Northumbria’s Daily Office, some of my favorite quotes and Scripture passages as daily readings and meditations, and summaries of prayer practices I’ve found helpful. If you find this structure helpful, feel free to personalize it like I did and make it your own.
I copied the above Daily Prayer links almost verbatim into my prayerbook — minus each Scripture reading and daily meditation. Here are my personal replacements for the readings and meditations:
Scripture Readings | Daily Meditations
And two final features:
Prayers for Others | Prayer Practices