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Happy new year to all of you! We wish you all good things for 2019.

In this first newsletter of the year, we remind you of our resources for Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan 27th) and for Candlemas (Feb 2nd), and some books for Lent. If you still need a calendar, the Iona Calendar 2019 is reduced to £4 ex VAT to clear our last remaining copies before the year is too far along (and you will be helping the refurbishment of Iona Abbey).

Photo © David Coleman


Resources for Holocaust Memorial Day

The Silence of God download transspaser

The Silence of God (PDF download)

A reflection, meditation and prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day

Isabel Smyth

Digital download: A reflection and a short meditation and prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day addressing the often apparent silence or absence of God in desperate or unjust situations. This is a question not just for those who live through such events but also for all of us as we see on our TV screens the violence and atrocities taking place in many parts of the world. 4 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

In This Season of Waiting download transspaser

Readings for Holocaust Memorial Day (PDF download)

27 January

Various contributors

Digital download: Readings for use on Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January) or at other times of the year, taken from various Wild Goose Publications’ books and with some original material. 12 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


Resources for Candlemas

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Praying with Light (PDF download)

In Candlemas and starless nights

Rebeka Maples

Digital download: Poems, prayers and meditations which could be used in a daily discipline.

The liturgical year is filled with seasons of light. We move through the seasons and bring our weary light-deprived souls with us, as if there is no light, as if it only shines at Christmas, on the righteous, the lucky, or the blessed. But light is a part of life and we are all blessed with it. It surrounds us and breathes over us and through us. It blinds us and invades us. Light finds a way, when there is no way. Light is a lamp in the darkness and a beacon through the storms that life bombards us with on the journey.

The Sunday of Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season, but it does not mark the end of light coming into the world; rather it reminds us that the joy of Christ’s birth is only the beginning of the gift we have been given, are given, and will be given.

42 pages

For more information and to see a sample

A Service for Candlemas-St Brigid-Imbolc download transspaser

A Service for Candlemas / St Brigid / Imbolc (PDF download)

Annie Heppenstall & Carey Saleh

Digital download: A short, reflective service for Candlemas / St Brigid / Imbolc with readings, responses, participative actions and songs. There is also a section of explanatory notes for the leader. 9 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Candlemas (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Readings, responses, a song, play script and story for Candlemas, taken from the book Hay & Stardust by Ruth Burgess. 13 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book Hay & Stardust: Resources for Christmas to Candlemas


Some books for Lent

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Open Our Hearts

Daily prayers for Lent and Holy Week

(Book & e-book)

Ann Gerondelis

Open Our Hearts is a series of Bible readings, prayers and colour images for each day of Lent and Holy Week, to invite reflection, contemplation and action in the world.

Ann’s images are icon-like in their depth and focus; her prayers are poetic and prophetic.

Follow this special and very original book through Lent and Holy Week to open up space to meet God anew; and to open our hearts to God’s all-inclusive love and the call to feed the hungry, work for peace and build communities of love.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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From Darkness to Eastering

(Book and e-book)

Bonnie B Thurston

Reflective, prayerful poems about how, on a cosmic and a personal level, darkness gives way to light. The author reminds voyagers that ‘light shines in the darkness’, that darkness is required to perceive light – and that Easter means the light has come, life triumphs, and the promised Holy Spirit will empower us for growth: ‘eastering’ …

‘You are in skilled hands here, so let yourself be carried along, ready to experience delight, or be jarred into discomfort. Above all ponder, weigh, take time. For each poem comes out of the quiet depths of a person who is a fellow pilgrim, illuminating the familiar with her own God-given insight.’
– Esther de Waal

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Stages on the Way

Worship Resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Wild Goose Worship Group

This follow-up to Cloth for the Cradle from John L Bell, Graham Maule and the Wild Goose Worship Group offers prayers, meditations, litanies, readings, responses, scripts, symbolic actions and more, tracing Jesus’ road to the cross through Lent, Holy Week and Easter. These are worship resources that enable people to sense the hope, apprehension and joy of Easter as felt by Jesus’ friends.

For more information

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The Sun Slowly Rises

Readings, reflections and prayers for Holy Week from the Iona Community

Neil Paynter

Bible readings, reflections and prayers for the days of Holy Week, and a large section of resources, including ‘Prayers on the seven words from the Cross’, ‘A service of lamentation to liberate us for action’, poems, meditations, and reflections.

Contributors include Alastair McIntosh, Alison Swinfen, Ian M Fraser, Elaine Gisbourne, David Rhodes, Peter Millar, Stephen Wright, Bonnie Thurston, Nicola Slee, Brian Quail and other members, associates and friends of the Iona Community.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all Lent & Easter books

For all Lent & Easter downloads

Lent and Easter books


Recent publications

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Fig Trees and Furnaces

Biblical stories, scripts and reflections – Esther to Maccabees

(Book & e-book)

Ruth Burgess

Fig Trees and Furnaces, based on the biblical books from Esther to Maccabees, is a collection of stories, scripts and reflections written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others. It is a companion volume to Olives and Obligations (Genesis to Nehemiah).

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For Olives and Obligations: Biblical stories, scripts and reflections – Genesis to Nehemiah

Wild Goose Big Book of Liturgies volume 2 transspaser

Wild Goose Big Book of Liturgies volume 2

(Book & e-book)

The Iona Community

Liturgies and liturgical resources for New Year, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Advent and Christmas. A liturgy for an ‘ordinary day’, and resources for special days like the UN International Day of Friendship and World AIDS Day. Originally published as single digital downloads.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For the first Wild Goose Big Book of Liturgies


Reduced to clear

Iona Calendar 2019 download transspaser

Iona Calendar 2019

Photographs by Iain Sarjeant

We have a few copies left of this very popular calendar, so we are offering them at a reduced price of £4 plus p+p.

The Highland Family Group of the Iona Community has produced this beautiful Iona calendar for 2019, in conjunction with photographer Iain Sarjeant. The calendar is 21cm x 21cm, and comes with a bonus picture of one of the more elusive places on Iona.

All profits from the sale of this calendar will go to the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal.

For more information

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