Fitzhead Village
Steven Wort

Country Matters from your Benefice Chaplin Feb 2024

Welcome to February 2024!
Spiritual Awareness and our connection with Creation in Nature. Februus was the God of purification with many festivals held in his name. Purification was believed to make way for fertility and creativity, known today as Spring Cleaning!!! Yes, he is the man to blame!!!

February 1st brings us Imbloc, the ancient Pagan/Celtic festival which marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is also associated with Brigid, the goddess of Healers, Poets, Smiths, Childbirth and Inspiration. She is known as the Goddess of Fire and Hearth. Many people associate the making of ‘Brigid’ crosses on this day, which traditionally are said to protect the home from fire. Amazingly, she is also the only female saint of Ireland.

We have Shrove Tuesday on the 13th when we confess our sins and receive absolution to prepare our hearts and souls for the penitential season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent is on the 14th . The ashes we receive on our forehead symbolise our mortality, that our physical bodies will decay, but our souls that will live on in eternal life. Jesus’ entry into the desert was on this day before leading up to the 40 days’ of Lent.

Easter Sunday and the events leading to his death on the cross follow.

Of course, we must not forget St Valentines day on the 14th , which was the day he was actually buried. History aside, let us simply use it as the day it has been recognised for since around the 8th century, that being, for giving Love, Roses, Chocolates and simply Caring for our Nearest and Dearest. xxxxx !

We continue into this wonderful New Year, planning and working out our new ventures and looking inside ourselves to understand who and where we are on this amazing Earth. During this time of darkness the plants and bulbs beneath the surface have been busily building themselves up for a new life and a breakthrough to all that the world above has to offer. The sun, the rain the air all to help them grow and nourish themselves.

The same is happening to us if you think about it! We have been through the dark times of Winter and with the longer hours of daylight, and the warmth gradually coming, we to start to develop and grow into the beauty of nature, take on the challenges and tasks we set ourselves to d o through those dark winter nights.

We have a Super New moon on 9th Feb at 22:59, which means that it is at its closest to planet Earth in its elliptical orbit around us.
Meanwhile, on 24th at 12:30, we will have a Micro Full moon, called the Snow moon. This will be at its farthest point from earth and looking very small, hence being called the Micro Full moon.

The Spiritual Walk for February will be on the 20th starting at 10:00am.
We will meet and park at the Church of the Holy Cross Hillfarrance TA4 1AW
The walk is around 3.5 miles in some of the beautiful Somerset countryside and taking a leisurely 2/2.5 hour

To book a place please email me on or text/phone 07557 958013

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