Have you noticed the days are getting shorter? The trees are starting to wear their fall colors, and Autumn definitely is in the crisp morning air!St. Brigit Episcopal Church invites you to welcome the change of seasons at its Autumnal Equinox Celebration on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 6:00p.m.
The Autumnal Equinox Service is part of St. Brigit’s Áit Caol series, now in its seventh year. Áit Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.” These services are created to offer guests an experience of God through a unique liturgy, which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language. They include specially designed meditation areas, reflecting the Scriptural lessons, and sacred music with a Celtic sound.
In keeping with the Celtic tradition of honoring the earth as God’s creation, St. Brigit celebrates the Autumnal Equinox, marking the transition between Summer and Winter. “Equinox” is a translation of the Latin word, aequinoctium, or “equal night.” On this day, there are 12 hours each of daylight and darkness. The Earth’s axis is parallel to the Sun, so the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are illuminated equally. Sunrise occurs at 7a.m. and sunset, at 7p.m.
Ancient people marked this day with both thanksgiving for the harvest and prayers for protection during the approaching time of darkness and cold. St. Brigit will celebrate this bittersweet time by reflecting with gratitude on God’s abundant gifts.
Older children are welcome at the service. Childcare will be provided for children under age six. Guests are invited to walk St. Brigit’s outdoor labyrinth prior to the service.
St. Brigit Episcopal Church is located at 110 Johnson Street in Frederick. Visit www.stbrigit.org or www.facebook.com/StBrigit for more information.