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Ai’t Caol Summer Solstice Celebration
June 21 @ 8:00 PM
The Summer Solstice Service is part of St. Brigit’s Áit Caol series, now entering its eighth year. Áit Caol (pronounced atch 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.