“The edge is a holy place, or as the Celts called it, “a thin place” and you have to be taught how to live there. To take your position on the spiritual edge of things is to learn how to move safely in and out, back and forth, across and return.” Richard Rohr
Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons. The light at Bealtaine on May 1 and the dark on Samhain on November 1. Samhain is traditionally the beginning of the Celtic year. The dark half of the year comes first giving way to the bright part; winter giving place to summer and death giving way to life. In later times, Samhain was changed to All Saints’ Day, to commemorate the souls of the blessed, so the night before became popularly known as Halloween, All Hallows Eve. November 2nd became All Souls Day, when prayers were offered for those who had died.
This is the thinnest time of the year, the season at which the Celts believe the veil between time and eternity can easily become transparent.
During our celebration we will recall some of the customs associated with Samhain as well as taking time to remember those who are no longer with us and the company of the saints who guide us on our journey.
We will remember in a special way all those who have died during the year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.