Consider joining us for our first annual "Vernal Equinox" service on March 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for a special evening of as we celebrate the return of Spring! Our service will include prayer, live Celtic music and meditation in sacred spaces uniquely created for this event. Feel free to come early to walk our outdoor labyrinth before the service begins, weather permitting. Older children are welcome. Childcare for children under age five will be provided. Click for details!
Ce'ad Mile Fa'ilte Romhaibh! (100,000 Welcomes, traditional Celtic greeting for guests arriving at one's home)The local news provides a few more details,
"St. Brigit will host its first spring equinox celebration, Ait Caol, at 6 p.m. Thursday — one of four services planned this year around the changing seasons."I had to search for "Ait Caol" and I found "Caol Áit" that means,
"thin places" in the world, where connections are made and amazing flows occur. These are known in all cultures, but seldom discussed because we know so little. In some places the feeling is closer to the people, and the experiences more real, so that stories are told today, and visions are still present. The Gaelic name for the thin places is CAOL ÁIT*, and this is a living and natural part of life. The Gaelic expression was given to me by my friend Sean O'laire, who walks through the curtains, and brings back to us tales that we want and need to hear.Amusingly, the Coal Ait page near the end questions,
"Are we beginning to see thin places in consciousness?"Back to the local news piece to get an answer to that one,
The service, which is open to the public, will incorporate Celtic traditions in honor of its eponym St. Brigit, said project manager C.J. Joplin-Jack.
"We have a unique connection with Celtic Christianity that sets us apart from other Episcopal churches," Joplin-Jack said. "The Celts lived close to the land and had a strong connection to nature that we'll be celebrating with these services."
Joplin-Jack said she hopes the quarterly services will attract members of the community who have not attended or don't know much about St. Brigit.
"We honor and value questions as an exploration of faith," said Rev. Felicia SmithGraybeal. "We're hoping this service encourages our parishioners to ask questions and explore their faith."
Preparing for a celebration of spring in the midst of Lent, which is a more solemn time, was a challenging task, SmithGraybeal said.
Thursday's service will act as a break from the somberness of Lent in preparation for upcoming Easter services...
I guess if any of you go to this celebration and get bored, you can always walk their labyrinth,
"There is no set way to walk a labyrinth. Every one can walk it in the way that has meaning for them.In my opinion, this is all a bunch of hocus pocus neo-paganism which somebody has passed off to gullible clergy as a means to connect the Church to the people.
Labyrinths have been used for thousands of years to help people forget the hassles of their everyday lives and draw closer to God." (From St. Brigit's web page)
St. Paul would tell us to have nothing to do with such shenanigans,
"Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." Galatians 4:10-11 (KJV).Neither should we.
And the answer to the question, "Do Equinox celebrations and Lent mix?" is a resounding "No!"