Looking for a new way to celebrate the change of seasons?
St. Brigit Episcopal Church invites you to welcome Summer at its Solstice Celebration
on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 8:00p.m.
The Summer Solstice Service is part of St. Brigit’s Áit Caol series, now entering its
seventh year. Áit Caol (pronouncedatch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.” These
events are created to offer guests an experience of God through a unique service,
which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language. They include sacred
spaces specially designed for each service. These beautiful, engaging areas for
meditation or prayer appeal to the senses and bring scripture to life. Live music with a
Celtic sound is featured throughout the service.
In keeping with the Celtic tradition of honoring the earth as God’s creation, St. Brigit will
mark the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, as a celebration of God’s gift of
light. The Solstice Service is unique among the Áit Caol services in that all the
meditation areas will be outdoors on the church grounds, including one utilizing St.
Brigit’s outdoor labyrinth. St. Brigit’s youth group, the Lightsiderz, will be assisting in
creating the meditation areas. Older children are welcome at the service. Childcare will
be provided for children under age six.
Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). This
reflects the belief of ancient people that the sun revolved around the earth. The Celts
celebrated the Summer Solstice by building bonfires on hilltops. This tradition continues
in modern-day Ireland. In Celtic Christianity the Summer Solstice came to be
associated with St. John’s Day, honoring the birthday of John the Baptist, who was born
six months before Jesus.
St. Brigit Episcopal Church is located at 110 Johnson Street in Frederick.
Visitwww.stbrigit.org orwww.facebook.com/StBrigit for more information.