Winter Solstice Celebration: A Winter’s Dream

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    A Winter’s Dream: Waking up to the Promise of Peace

    … behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
    “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
    For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
    She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus…

    — Matthew 1, 20-21

    Dec. 21, Wednesday
    6:30-8 p.m.
    RSVP by Dec. 19
    Simple supper included.

    Led by Fr. Joe Nassal, CPPS 

    The Winter Solstice is a night for dreamers to wake up to the dreams buried deep inside. This is the night when angels appear to stir courage in those who fear, hope in those on the brink of despair, and love in those who toil to halt the hate.

    The Winter Solstice reminds us how light will eclipse the darkness and peace is more than a dream but a destination for all who believe. We summon all dreamers and believers to gather this night to wake up the world to peace.

    Our gathering this evening will once again include a contemplative walk to the Reconciliation Labyrinth with luminaries to light the way. We will also make a Yule Wreath to take home. We will conclude with a simple supper.

    Photo of a Russian icon of archangel Gabriel 192439557 / Angel © Achillefs Katsaounis |

    The archangel Gabriel is known as the angel of revelation or announcement. He plays a significant role in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and many other faiths, acting as a messenger for God. In the Bible, Gabriel can be found in the books of Luke and Daniel. He is also known as the “Christmas Angel,” for announcing the coming birth of Jesus to Mary and the shepherds