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USA Today: A solar eclipse is near. For some, it’s evidence of higher power. For others, a warning

People pray during a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse

On April 8 in Gatesville, Texas, members of Coryell Community Church will congregate at the campus’ hilltop site where a trio of 70-foot crosses tower over the city of 17,000, 38 miles west of Waco.

The region lies in the center of the approaching solar eclipse’s path of totality, the last such event to affect the contiguous United States until 2044. Ancient cultures viewed the dusk-like darkness prompted by the passing of the moon between the Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking the sun’s light, as a sign of the gods’ anger or even their impending departure. [continue reading]