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Three new downloads this week - two of them for Holy Week - and some more of our Easter books.

Photo: Cattle on the Machair © David Coleman


New download

Take, eat, I call you my friend download transspaser

‘Take, eat, I call you my friend’ (PDF download)

On sharing bread

Alison Swinfen

Digital download: A dialogue and a reflection on the amazing possibilities opened up by the taste of bread, and how real solutions to the greed, dependency and oppression of the world are based on deep practices of sharing.

5 pages

Alison Swinfen, an Iona Community member, is Co-convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow. https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/staff/alisonphipps/

For more information and to see a sample


More downloads for Lent & Easter

For all Lent and Easter downloads

Seven Moments download transspaser

Seven Moments (PDF download)

A service of prayer and reflection for Good Friday

Stephen J Maunder

Digital download: A service of prayer and reflection recalling seven moments during the day of the death of Jesus. After each reading, one of seven candles lit at the start of the service is extinguished.

14 pages

Stephen Maunder is a Methodist presbyter who is in ministry in south-east London.

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Palm Sunday – Surges of Hope download transspaser

Palm Sunday – Surges of Hope (PDF download)

Katharine M Preston

Digital download: A Bible reading, a reflection and a prayer for Palm Sunday, taken from the book The Sun Slowly Rises, by Neil Paynter. ‘Surges of hope, shattering the surrounding darkness, providing a glimpse of a radical alternative. Even if brief, even if the following minutes, hours, days are unknown and scary, the surge of hope carries us forward.’

5 pages

Katharine M Preston is an ecumenical lay preacher and writer, concentrating on issues of social justice and climate change. She is an active associate of the Iona Community, and lives on a farm in Essex, New York.

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book The Sun Slowly Rises

For the e-book version of The Sun Slowly Rises


Books for Lent & Easter

For all Lent and Easter books
For all Lent and Easter e-books

We Journey in Hope transspaser

We Journey in Hope

Reflections on the words from the Cross

(Book and e-book)

Neil Paynter & Peter Millar

In the modern world – with all of its division, hope, violence and interconnectedness – our human future is uncertain in many ways. It is not a time for Christians to respond with easy answers.

This Easter book, in which contributors share what a particular word means to them, is not about easy answers. The words of Jesus from the Cross are difficult and challenging. And yet the fact that they emerge from a situation of human agony gives them huge relevance for our times. And the God whom Jesus addresses from the Cross remains at the heart of humanity and continues to weep with us.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

The Cross in the Marketplace transspaser

The Cross in the Marketplace

An Easter resource book from Iona

(Book and e-book)

Dave Broom

What would it have been like to be a pilgrim on the crowded streets of Jerusalem for that fateful Passover? A week that ended with a King – a convicted enemy of the state – dying on a cross on the town garbage heap.

Can we see through the eyes of those who were there, the people who witnessed the events? What can we learn from the man with the water jug, or the Roman centurion? What can the woman with the alabaster jar tell us, or the young man who ran away naked as Roman soldiers tried to seize him? What is their story? What did it all mean to them? How did that first Easter change their lives?

The Cross in the Marketplace is a series of resources and complete liturgies for the major services of Holy Week. The book began life in community on Iona, and includes an Easter pilgrimage. You can use the book in your church or house group or read it on your own, to deepen your experience of Easter – and inspire action.

Dave Broom is a teacher and a former member of the Iona Community’s Resident Group on Iona, where he worked as Sacristan in Iona Abbey.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Recently published

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The Pieces We Keep

Stories for the seasons

(Book and e-book)

Katie Munnik

A collection of short stories told by vivid voices that direct our gaze to life’s small details. They chart the changing cycles and seasons of the year, reflecting the liturgical patterns of the church and all the weathers of our hearts.

‘Katie Munnik is an excellent storyteller … Her stories are flesh and blood, like the Christian and Jewish scriptures. They bring those big stories to life, while opening up new insights and perspectives.’
– Donald Smith, Director, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Katie Munnik is a Canadian writer based in Cardiff. Her debut novel, The Heart Beats in Secret, will be published by the Borough Press (HarperCollins) in spring 2019.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

Christmas Eve in the Diner transspaser

Christmas Eve in the Diner

Daily readings for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Thom M Shuman

Bible readings, reflections and prayers for Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A little book for all those who find themselves serving, eating, resting and singing in diners (real and metaphorical) in this holy season, and in all the days before and after – in hope that there they will discover God, serving and eating and resting and singing and welcoming them with open arms.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version alone

The Cloisters of Iona Abbey download transspaser

The Cloisters of Iona Abbey

(Book & PDF e-book)

Ewan Mathers

A new smaller-format edition of Ewan Mathers’ beautiful photographs depicting in detail the carvings of the restored cloisters of Iona Abbey, with text reflecting on the meaning of each design and information about the flora and fauna of the Isle of Iona and beyond, which most of the carvings represent. This use of symbols from the natural world reflects the close links of the early Celtic Christians with the land around them.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

We Bring You Everything, and Tip it Out in Front of You transspaser

Wild Goose Big Book of Liturgies

(Book and e-book)

The Iona Community

Liturgies for Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, Transfiguration, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints’, St Columba’s Day, Father’s Day; on hunger, economic witness, peacemaking, the environment, pilgrimage, welcome, hospitality and friendship. Includes a blessing liturgy for a marriage or partnership, a wedding/partnership ceremony and resources for a memorial event. Originally published as single digital downloads by Wild Goose.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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