For, behold, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth. The time of the singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens her green figs. The vines are in blossom. They give forth their fragrance… Song 2:11-13
Happy Spring Equinox! This, like Autumnal Equinox, is when the days and the nights are of equal length. Some call it the first day of Spring, but it is actually Mid-Spring because the first being February 2, Candlemas (see Candlemas Introduction post). And like Candlemas there are several things that go into this holiday.
First and foremost is a time of balance. The re-balancing of our world giving rise to our own re-balancing. Balancing and life always go together. You cannot live in excess or in wont for long without it taking its toll. It is time to take stock of our lives, our relationships with each other and with God and to re-balance them so that when Easter arrives we will be able to participate with all the joy that the holiday deserves.
For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life. Romans 5:10
This is also a time of rebirth like Easter to come. It is a time of life returning to the world in a very visible way. There are baby animals, plants beginning to grow and, in many places, planting can now begin.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
At this time Lent is almost over and Easter is nearly here, life renewed. In pre-Christ Incarnation it was considered New Years (life renewed). I say pre-Christ Incarnation not pre-Christian because it does not exist as was stated by St. Augustine.
That which is known as the Christian religion existed among the ancients, and never did not exist; from the beginning of the human race until the time when Christ came in the flesh, at which time the true religion, which already existed began to be called Christianity. – St. Augustine
It also used to be known as Gabrielmas, in honor of the Archangel Gabriel, bringer of messages. Now, all of the archangels are celebrated on the 29th of September. One remnant of this being Gabrielmas is the feast of the Annunciation on March the 25th.
(This is an adaptation of the prayer of Saint Francis)
Thank you Father for all Your creatures, thank you for Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor, Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Thank you Father for Sister Moon and the stars, in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair. Today they stand equal and balanced.
Thank you Father for Brothers Wind and Air, and fair and stormy, all weather’s moods, by which You cherish all that You have made.
Thank you Father for Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and pure.
Thank you Father for Brother Fire, through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Thank you Father for Sister Earth, who sustains us, with fruits, flowers and animals.
Thank you Father for this Equinox, through which You show us not Death but Life Abundant. Amen.
Peace be with you.