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Pagan Yule ritual at First Church Unitarian in Littleton MA this Saturday

Lit candle
by Valerie Hadden

Join in a festive and sacred evening at First Church Unitarian in Littleton MA for their Yule ritual this Saturday December 21 at 7:00 pm. This congregation opens its arms to everyone, of all ages, abilities, and faiths, to celebrate the longest night of the year. If you wish, you are also welcome at the potluck at 6:00 before the ritual and the potluck dessert afterwards.

“I love the beliefs that Yule represents,” says Betsy Read, organizer. She honors both the Darkness’s gifts and lessons, and the joy of the Light’s rebirth. To her the new year’s possibility is a “sacred mystery.”

At the hour-long ritual, a circle will be cast; the directions and spirits thanked. It will include both revelry and dancing, and guided meditations that Ms. Read describes as “short but deep.” In one section of the ritual, a black candle will be lit and carried around the circle as everyone thanks the Darkness. The black candle will then be used to light a white candle, and as the white candle is carried around the circle everyone can welcome the Light. The white candle will then light all the votives on the altar in the center.

The ritual room is handicapped-accessible through a separate entrance; someone will be available outside to assist anyone who needs this entrance.

Please RSVP to if you are planning to attend the dinner potluck.

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