Event Phone: 608-687-3332
October 4 is the date designated as The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. On this date each year we remove the ribbons that are tied to the Tree of Intention (a.k.a. Prayer Tree) in the Kinstone Chapel and burn them in the fire circle, releasing the prayers and intentions written there, to the Universe. This special event is marked by a brief ceremony that is free and open to the public. Check this page for the exact time of the ceremony as it may vary from year to year.
We gather in the Kinstone Chapel to begin this ceremony. Everyone present is invited to take a ribbon and inscribe an intention upon it that expresses something to be released, let go. These ribbons are tied to the Tree of Intention as all the intentions already on the tree are raised up in prayer. When ready, all ribbons are removed from the Tree in the chapel, counted and then placed into a basket. The basket is set at the feet of the little statue of St. Francis outside the chapel for a brief moment in a symbolic expression of gratitude for the holding of these prayers this year. The Tree of Intention remains empty until the participants return to the chapel after the fire ceremony. The basket of ribbons is carried with respect and honor to the Stargazer Circle where a fire is already burning in the fire pit. When gathered there, we create a sacred space for this ceremony around the fire. We speak of Saint Francis and the significance of his story and how it relates to the Kinstone story. We read stories about him and prayers that are attributed to him. We state our purpose in burning the ribbons; we profess our willingness to release attachment to the outcome and express profound gratitude that our needs will be provided for in creative and sometimes unexpected ways. The ribbons are then put into the fire, releasing all the prayers, all the intentions, to the Universe. We say a prayer of thanksgiving.
Everyone present is invited to proceed back to the Chapel. The Peace Prayer of St. Francis is recited as a single red ribbon, with the intention for world peace inscribed upon it, is placed onto the otherwise empty tree. At this time, everyone present is invited to take a ribbon, inscribe a new intention upon it for the coming year and tie it to the tree. A new season begins. The ceremony is over.
If you are interested in participating, just show up. No registration is required. There is no fee.
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)
- Annual Ribbons of Intention Fire Ceremony
October 4, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM