Holy Wells: A pilgrim's prayer companion and guide  -     By: Brendan O'Malley
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Holy Wells: A pilgrim's prayer companion and guide

Canterbury Press / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Canterbury Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1848256337
ISBN-13: 9781848256330

Publisher's Description

Pilgrimages to holy wells were common in medieval Christendom, and especially among Celtic peoples with their profound awareness of the God’s presence in creation. In the wider Christian tradition water is a symbol of life, grace and healing – a gift of God, springing forth from the earth. Many parish churches were built close to wells which were used for baptism and for healing services. Today, interest in holy wells is resurgent. Regional guides, gazetteers and websites connected with holy wells are increasingly popular and thousands of pilgrims and walkers visit holy wells each year.

This resource has been written in response to a demand for prayers and blessings to use at a holy well. It includes an introduction to the history and significance of holy wells, a wide variety of prayers and simple liturgies for individual pilgrims, groups and churches that are based near holy wells. It also includes a guide – with GPS references – to the principal holy wells in England, Wales and Scotland.

Author Bio

Brendan O'Malley is a priest and retired university tutor and Dean of Chapel. He is of Irish descent, Scottish birth and education, and lives in Wales.In his younger years he was a Cistercian monk and later a Canon of St David's Cathedral. He studied the holy wells of Pembrokeshire and the cult of the native saints for his M.Phil. He is the author of several books of Celtic spirituality.

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