Celtic Prayer Circle 2020
Join us as we continue to celebrate and journey through all eight Celtic seasons acknowledging their individual qualities and energies, gifts, symbols and significance. In the Celtic tradition, the changing seasons were considered “thin places” where the veil between heaven and earth lifted or was nearly transparent. In such thin places, the Celts experienced a deep sense of God’s presence especially through awareness of and alignment with the natural world.
As a community, we seek to cultivate a sense of God by celebrating each season’s special energy through prayer, reflection, chant, ritual, poetry and music, honoring the Sacred in all of creation. The Celtic Wheel of the Year offers an inspirational model and context in which to place the reality of our joys and sorrows within Nature’s rhythms: The continuing birth, death and resurrection of life.
Our Celtic Prayer Circle series begins January 31, 2020. Imbolc is the celebration of returning light and re-awakening energy of Spring, also honoring St. Brigid and Candlemas. Cookies and tea to follow in the McAuley Dining Hall.
Our prayer gathering circles coincide with sunset. Mark your calendars now for:
- January 31, Imbolc, 5— 6 p.m. marks returning light and the re-awakening energy of spring. It also honors Saint Brigid, a patron saint of Ireland who was a beloved leader within the early Celtic Christian church.
- March 19, Spring Equinox/Ostara, 7— 8 p.m. is a solar festival celebrating the time when the day and night are of equal length.
- May 1, Bealtaine, 7:30— 8:30 p.m. signifies the gateway to the bright half of the year. It marks the beginning of summer and expansiveness within us and within the natural world.
- June 22, Summer Solstice/Litha, 8— 9 p.m. represents the triumph of light over darkness, the complete blossoming and fruition of seeds sown.
- July 31, Lughnasadh, 7:30— 8:30 p.m. inaugurates the harvest season, the successful outcome of the working relationship between people and the land.
- September 22, Autumn Equinox/Mabon, 6:30—7:30 p.m. is both a celebration and time to rest after laboring for the harvest. It symbolizes reaping what one has sown and a time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested.
- November 2, Samhain, 5:30— 6:30 p.m. begins the Celtic Year. It marks the time of darkness and initiates the season of non-doing. It is a time dedicated to connection with our ancestors; those who have journeyed before us on this earth.
- December 21, Winter Solstice/Yule, 4:30— 5:30 p.m. starts the journey of continual sinking and letting go, deeply surrendering to the Holy present in the darkness.
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