Tracy Watson, Worship Associate
For modern Pagans, the beginning of February is celebrated as Imbolc, while in the Roman Catholic Church, it is marked by the Feast of Candlemas on the second day of the month. Imbolc has long been associated with the goddess known in Old Irish as Brigit, while Candlemas immediately follows the Catholic Feast Day of St. Brigid of Kildare, who is widely seen as the Celtic goddess in Christian guise. The goddess is deeply associated with customs of fire and hearth tending, which creates rich associations with the candle customs of the Catholic festival. At the heart of our own worship customs as Unitarian Universalists is the fire in the chalice. Join us for an exploration of the ways a candle flame in the depth of winter speaks to all of us.