Date(s) - 02/16/2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dillon Room


First Parish will host a celebration of Imbolc after church at 1 PM on Sunday, February 16. Imbolc is a traditional Celtic festival which marks the beginning of spring and honors Brighid, the Celtic goddess of the hearth. The actual holiday is February 1, which is about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Laurie Cabot writes of Imbolc: “Even with the cold hands of February still upon our shoulders, the promise of spring is begun. Beneath the crisp, ice-encrusted soil, life is indeed starting anew. Certain species of birds return in anticipation of the increasing light and warmth from the Sun. We hear Earth’s hidden voices, and we listen for voices hidden deep inside ourselves.” Marie Gaudet leads ceremonies for the eight holidays, or Sabbats, of the Pagan calendar. Paganism, or Neo-Paganism, is a modern religious movement which incorporates beliefs and ritual practices from traditions outside the main world religions, especially those of pre-Christian Europe and North America. Most neo-pagans trace their religious views back to traditions used by Celts and other European peoples before missionaries brought Christianity to the area. Pagans are eclectic and non-traditional. They seek life-affirming symbols and teachings from both modern and ancient religious traditions to enhance their religious practice. They also respect the divine in nature. Pagans honor the essential diversity of life and do not support sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of intolerance. These ceremonies are informal, and all are invited to participate. The Imbolc circle will be held in Phillips Hall at 1 pm. Bring snacks to share if you like. Jay Janell