This Friday and Saturday, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Edmonds is offering “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” (or céad míle fáilte in the Irish), a harvest-time celebration of Celtic Christian spirituality, story and song.
The celebration begins Friday with a ceilidh, which St. Alban’s parishioner Maryellen Young describes as “an evening’s gathering to share stories and tales, poems and ballads, songs and music, among your friends and neighbors. It’s a Celtic hootenanny in other words. It’s a spontaneous celebration including everybody’s gifts.”
Participants will gather in the parish hall around 7 p.m. You are invited to bring a dessert to share and your friends: All are welcome.
On Saturday, the celebration of Celtic spirit, story and song continues with a day’s teaching and music-making with Tom Cashman, Carla Pryne and Tara Ward. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with tea or coffee, and Brett’s Catering will provide lunch. The celebration closes with a Celtic Eucharist at 3 p.m.
Pryne is rector of the church of the Holy Spirit on Vashon Island and is a co-founder of Earth Ministry. Cashman teaches spiritual formation and Celtic spirituality in the Mars Hill Graduate School, and he and Pryne led a pilgrimage to Celtic Ireland and Scotland last year. Singer-songwriter Ward is worship architect for the Church of the Beloved.