What is a Winter Solstice Celebration?
On Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. a special candlelight celebration of the Eucharist will be offered. Billed as a winter solstice celebration, it is in fact a service which will offer thanks for the light of creation and the birth of Christ. In medieval Christianity, the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus was a multi-layered mystery and celebration. Three divine births were celebrated: the birth of the Word in the Godhead, the birth of Jesus out of the womb of Mary and the birth of the divine in the soul of the individual Christian. Over the years, the church has emphasized only one of the birthing stories, that of the child Jesus. The winter solstice service will explore the other two birthing stories as we will give thanks for the light of the Trinity and the light of Christ within humanity. There will be a ritual sharing of fire, sung chants, Celtic Prayers, poetry and a reading by Meister Eckhart. A potluck, finger food reception will follow. The service will begin outdoors, with a blessing of fire, so dress warmly. -EHB+