There has been a recent growing interest in the concept of Pilgrimage.
Increasing numbers of people engage in pilgrimages while the idea of
pilgrimage and being 'on the way' is often used to describe the Christian Life.
The theme of the 2016 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was 'People
on the Way'.
Some years ago, a small group of people at St Cuthbert's Church in central
Edinburgh began to explore themes arising from the life of St Cuthbert and
Celtic Christianity in general. In time, this informal group came to include
people with no formal connection with St Cuthbert's, and a loose network of
interested folks met every couple of months or so to share in some worship
inspired by Celtic traditions and explore some aspects of contemporary
Christian life through the lens of some of the lives of Celtic saints and the
theses of the Celtic Christianity of our lands.
This loose grouping was called 'The Way of Cuthbert'. The 'Way of Cuthbert'
is no more, but developing out of some of the ideas and themes that were
explored and with new people expressing an interest in joining in some kind of
similar group a series of seminars and a loose network of interested people is
emerging called 'The Pilgrim Way'
It is intended that the aims, ethos and values of this network and its
occasional meetings will include:
- Drawing on the deep wells of orthodox Christian theology and spirituality
especially as discovered in the Celtic tradition of these islands.
- A generous, welcoming and open approach which accommodates different and
diverse viewpoints and is committed to listening to each other with respect
- A missional and active faith
- A concern for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
- An affirmation of the importance of lively and theological exploration for
- The encouragement of an ever deepening spirituality
There are several aspects to 'The Pilgrim Way' . . .
Daily Office and Night Prayer
A Daily Office
(based on the former 'Cuthbert Office') is available for individual (or group)
use by those involved in the Pilgrim Way. This includes a Morning and an
Evening format for each day, and also a short Night Prayer office. There wll
also be seasonal material provided. It is intended that suggested Psalms and
Readings will also be available for each day along with a short comment or
The Daily Office with Night Prayer is available to view online
«« or you can download a
Daily Bible Readings
The Daily Psalms and Bible Readings, along with comments
or reflections are available from Advent 2016 onwards.
22 Jun update: The daily Bible
readings with comments, up to Sat 11 Auguset (yes, August!) now available
July 2018 August 2018««
Reading notes from previous months :
seminars will be arranged in different parts of Scotland to allow
those interested to explore themes connected with Christian faith, church life,
mission and spirituality as informed by our Celtic heritage.
More seminars to follow - also possibly trips to the Holy Island
of Lindisfarne, to Durham Cathedral and the shrine of St Cuthbert, or an
Suggested Reading List
A suggested Reading
List for anyone interested in finding out more, is available