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A’it Caol – Autumnal Equinox Service
September 22 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Autumnal Equinox event is part of St. Brigit’s Áit Caol series, now in its ninth year. Áit Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.” These events are created to offer participants an experience of God through the senses. They feature beautiful, engaging meditation areas, reflecting Scriptural lessons, and ethereal music.
In keeping with the Celtic tradition of honoring the earth as God’s creation, St. Brigit will celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, marking the transition between Summer and Fall. “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 and eternal, loving presence.