You can not go to church on June 18th. The doors will be locked. Congregants are invited to convene for Liturgy of the Bone Fire at 5 pm at The Dubliner Pub & Cafe.
As Christianity entered pagan areas, midsummer celebrations were borrowed and transferred into new Christian holidays, often resulting in celebrations that mixed Christian traditions with pagan midsummer festivities. The 13th-century monk of Winchcomb, recorded how St. John’s Eve was celebrated in his time: the boys collect bones and certain other rubbish, and burn them, and there from a smoke is produced on the air. Bonfires (from bone fires) were lit to drive away dragons, which were abroad on St. John’s Eve, poisoning springs and wells.