A Celebration of Samhain: All Saints, All Souls

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 31/10/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Solas Bhride

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An evening of meditation, ritual and story

Presenters:  Solas Bhride Team
Time:  7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Suggested donation €10.00 (incl tea/coffee)

 

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 1st and the dark on Samhain on November 1st. 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.

This is the thinnest time of the year, the season at which the veil between time and eternity can easily become transparent. 

It is now when darkness overtakes the light that the Christian Church chooses to celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.

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 to be offered for the souls of all the departed.

Celebration of the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls during those days of the darkening period of the year is seeing as the
 irruption of the Divine on the Human scene.