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We have three new downloads this week - a prayer for Harvest, a blessing for a new car and a blessing song.

Photo © David Coleman


New downloads

The Granaries of Heaven download transspaser

The Granaries of Heaven (PDF download)

A Harvest prayer of thanksgiving and concern

Roddy Cowie

Digital download: A substantial prayer for use at Harvest, about being thankful, opening our hearts, helping those who aren’t so fortunate, and more.

Roddy Cowie is an Associate of the Iona Community, a lay reader in the Church of Ireland and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Queen’s, Belfast. A contributor to many Wild Goose books, he is currently working on projects concerned with self-knowledge and the relationship between Christianity and emotion.

4 pages

For more information and to see a sample

A Blessing for a New Car download transspaser

A Blessing for a New Car (PDF download)

David Coleman

Digital download: Opening responses, a reflection and a blessing for a new (or ‘new’ used) car. The reflection includes several references to biblical stories, because – as the author says – ‘the relationship of the Bible with wheeled vehicles is quite extensive’. There is also an environmental slant to the piece.

David Coleman is a member of the Iona Community, a digital artist and the Environmental Chaplain for Eco-Congregation Scotland.

5 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Irish Blessing (PDF download)

Song - full score

Philip Fox

Digital download: A song version of the traditional Irish blessing ‘May the road rise to meet you’ – by one of the Iona Abbey musicians. Full score.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Philip Fox, an associate member of the Iona Community, has been Iona Abbey musician more than a dozen times, filling in for the resident musician when they have been on holiday. Since 1970, he has been a Church of Scotland organist and choirmaster; he is also the founder/conductor of the Lanark & Carluke Choral Union.

3 pages

For more information and to see a sample


Recently published books

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The Very Life of Life

A second year of daily reflections

(Book and e-book)

Tom Gordon

When our time is limited, a short reflection may be as much as we can manage. When life is complex and difficult, a simple idea may be all we need. When each day is about making sense of what’s happening to us, a reflective sound bite might help us through. Tom Gordon’s reflections are simple and direct, but from his experience and wisdom he offers deep insights for the ‘very life of life’ we are living today.

Tom Gordon is a former hospice chaplain, a storyteller, a member of the Iona Community and the author of several books.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Olives and Obligations

Biblical stories, scripts and reflections – Genesis to Nehemiah

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

Olives and Obligations is a collection of stories, scripts and reflections written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others. The collection is based on the biblical books from Genesis to Nehemiah. Esther to Maccabees will follow.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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The Warriors Who Do Not Fight

(Book and e-book)

Alison Phipps & Tawona Sitholé

Poems for times of war and persecution, exploring what it means to resist; to suffer with; to bear witness; to seek companionship; to be part of the agony of a family made in love, and parting, separated by land, sea and paperwork.

Luminous, beautiful and sore. Poetry that is lyrical and tender, wounded and elegiac, probing and incantatory. And above all else life-affirming.
Karine Polwart, Scottish singer-songwriter

132 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Fundraising items

For more information about the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal ...

Iona Calendar 2019 download transspaser

Iona Calendar 2019

Photographs by Iain Sarjeant

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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Iona Abbey Easter Worship (audio download)

A live recording of the journey through Holy Week

The Iona Community

A recording of worship in Iona Abbey from Holy Week and Easter Sunday from the 1990s. Pay only £1 ex VAT and kindly add a donation of your choice to the fund at checkout (just below the shopping cart).

Available as two audio downloads of approximately 60 MB each

For more information and list of contents

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Iona of My Heart

Daily readings

(Book and e-book)

Neil Paynter

Inspiring human stories from Iona – of encounter, challenge, exchange, connection, transformation. Stories about people and the power of the Spirit … Four months of daily readings. Royalties go to the Iona Community’s Iona Abbey Capital Appeal.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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