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High Ritual Template

moved as is from Oaken Scrolls 9/26/13

My ADF Ritual Template 

Initiating the Rite:
I am one and we are many.
Fellowship, in solitude.
Here I bring my offerings
To celebrate the Kindred Three.
In my mind and in my body,
I hold space in solitude
For all of those who walk alone.
May they be with me in this rite.
Here before the sacred fire,
Sacred well, and sacred tree,
May we all be purified.
And may the fire burn within.

Purification:  In a bowl add water, salt and flaming needle of rosemary.
By water, land and flame
May all that hinders me be released,
May all that binds me be released,
May the outdwellers of my heart be released,
That I may be made pure.
May I be pure in thought (touch drop to forehead)
May I be pure in speech (touch drop to tongue)
May I be pure in heart (touch drop to heart)
May I be pure in action (touch drops to hands)

Musical Beginning Signal:  ring bell 3 times to activate sacred space

Opening chant:
By land, by sea, by sky
I come, I come, I come to honor the gods
With this intent, I declare this hallowed ground,

With heart and mind and flesh and bone,
Join me now in ways of old,
Hail and welcome (3 times)
I have come to celebrate this High Day of ______
with the solitary Druids of ADF.
This ritual recognizes the great and
noble Gods, ________ & _______ ,
and I call on Hermes as gatekeeper.
Acknowledging the Outsiders: Take the token to the threshold or boundary of the space where you are working.
Tartaros and to all forces of Chaos.
I acknowledge you
Leave this ritual in peace.

Invocation to the Muses:
Sweet voiced muses
who gladden the spirit
guide my stumbling tongue
let me be a credit to you
as I honor the Kindreds

Honoring Hestia: Light hearth lamp. Light charcoal.
Hail Hestia, Lady of the Hearth, Keeper of the Flame
Wherever you go, the gods have a home.
Enter this space, make it your own,
Give me your blessing and guidance
Hallow this right, grant each just desire.
Hail Hestia!

Honoring Gaia: Touch or kiss the ground/floor or Gaia representation
I honor Gaia, mother of all, the eldest of all beings,
for your powers birth waters and seeds of life,
for you feed all the creatures upon your bosom
whether they dwell on the land or in the sea.
Your heart is the hearth of the world,
all offerings come from and return to you.
Bountiful Lady, Mother of All, I honor you!

Ground and Center: Do the Two Powers Meditation.
The Fire, the Well, the Tree
Glow and flow and grow in me
Rooted deep, crowned high
I bridge earth and sky

Recreation of the Cosmos

Tree, great Tree
my connection to the Sidhe
Tree, great Tree
together we share Gaia
Tree, great Tree
the Joy of Now
Tree, great Tree
the Source of Life
Tree, great Tree
I honor you now (offer “heart”)

Well, deep Well
my connection to the Ancestors
Well, deep Well
my passage to Okeanos
Well, deep Well
the Wisdom of the Past
Well, deep Well
the Waters of Life
Well Deep Well
I honor you now (place silver in the cauldron, touch water to forehead)

Fire, bright fire
My connection to the Gods
Fire, bright Fire
My passage to Ouranos
Fire, bright Fire
the Warmth of Hestia
Fire, bright Fire
the Spark of Life
Fire, bright Fire
I honor you now (light supplemental candles, appreciate the warmth and light)

Hermes invocation:
Hail Hermes, Friend of Men,
Keepers of the ways between,
Throw wide the Gates for me again.
Be my guide for this rite
I honor you, Opener of Gates! (offer cinnamon on to charcoal)

Gateway Opening:
Reach out and touch the Well.
This is my Sacred Well,
Gateway to the Underworld,
Gateway for the Ancestors.
Blessed Hermes, let the Gate of Okeanos be open!
Reach out and touch the Tree
This is my Sacred Tree,
Connecting the heavens and the underworld,
Gateway to the Otherworld,
Gateway for the Spirits of the Land
Blessed Hermes, let the Gate Gaia be open!
Reach towards Hestia’s flame
This is my Sacred Fire,
Gateway to the Heavens,
Gateway for the Shining Ones.
Blessed Hermes, let the Gate of Ouranos be open!

With Honored Hermes as my guide, I have opened the gates
From below, from around, from above, the Mighty Kindreds are near.
Gracious Ones draw near to my fire for the Gates are open!

Invocations and Offerings to the Three Kindreds

Nature Spirits, Worldly Spirits, Spirits of Place
I call to all the beings with whom I share this world
Those of the mountains and of the sea,
Of the forests, fields and plains
Those of running and still waters,
Those of the wind and of the flame
Nature Spirits, Worldly Spirits, Spirits of Place
I reach out to you in friendship and peace,
that we may share our world in harmony.
Nature Spirits, accept my offering! (offer something unprocessed/beautiful)

Guides, Guardians and Grandparents
I call to thee who came before me in this world,
As You are Mine, so I am Yours.
Descended from Your Blood,
Descended from Your Spirit,
Descended from Your Explorations.
Grandparents, Guides and Guardians
I reach out to you, across the well.
to honor your knowledge and experiences.
Ancestors accept my offering! (offer corn meal, water, or honeyed milk)

Gods of the Land, of the Sea, of the Sky
I call to the Theoi who order my world
Khthonic Ones, Celestial Ones, First Ones and Titans
Those of the earth, below the earth and above the earth
Those of the city and those of the countryside
Those of the home and those of the wild
Those that are familiar and those that are strangers
I reach out to you, through the flame
To honor you, by whichever name you cared to be called
Divine Ones accept my offering! (offer wine, incense,  or candle)

Invocations and Offerings to the Deity(ies) of the Occasion (Key Offerings): If you are celebrating a High Day, you would invoke and offer to the Deity(ies) of the Occasion (DotO) and the Spirit of the Season here. In a non-High Day rite, this would be the appropriate time to make special offerings to your Patron Deities, special Ancestors, or allies among the Nature Spirits if desired.

Prayer of Sacrifice
With the aid of Mighty Hermes, I opened the ways
I have given freely with devotion, love and praise
Here I stand before you all with my open heart ablaze
As my final offering, I lift up my heart, my being,
As a sign of my commitment to you.
Mighty Kindred, accept my offerings! 

Omen:  Take omen by whatever method you feel most comfortable or most appropriate for this work to learn what message the Kindreds (or in the case of a High Day rite, the DotO) have for you.
1. How were my offerings received?
2. How shall the Kindred respond?
3. What more would you have me learn/do?

Asking for and Hallowing the Blessings: Hold your full cup before the Hallows
May the generosity of the Kindreds flow
From below, from around, from above,
Converging in this cup
Filling it with your blessings
Feel, see, and hear the blessings pouring into your cup at the Sacred Center.
May your blessings strengthen me in body and spirit.

Affirmation of the Blessings: Drink of the cup, knowing in your heart that they have been blessed. As you drink, think about any needs you have, and feel those blessings giving you the power to meet those needs. Visualize the end result you seek and/or speak it aloud, ending with:
With the Kindreds blessings
our relationship is strengthened.
So mote it be through Ma’at! 

Any Work Yet Undone? Yes, then do it. If no, move on. (Pencil in spontaneity here.)

Farewell to the Deity(ies) of the Occasion (if applicable): prayers of praise
To ____________ I give thanks.
I thank you for your joining me
for receiving my offerings,
And for your great generosity.
I am blessed to be in relationship with you.

Farewell to the Kindreds:
To all the Divine Ones,
I thank you for your many blessings
May our bonds of *ghosti grow ever stronger.
Hail and Farewell!

To my Guides, Guardians and Grandparents
I thank you for your many blessings
My love is yours, as I know yours is mine.
Hail and Farewell!

Nature Spirits, Worldly Spirits, Spirits of Place
I thank you for your many blessings
May we continue to share our world in peace and harmony.
Hail and Farewell!

Closing the Gates
Reach towards Hestia’s flame
Blessed Hermes, let the Gate of Ouranos be closed!
This is my Sacred Flame, no longer a gateway.
It is as it was before, only better.
Touch the Tree.
Blessed Hermes, let the Gate of Gaia be closed!
This is my Sacred Tree, a bridge no longer
It is as it was before, only better.
Touch the Well
Blessed Hermes, let the Gate of Okeanos be closed!
This is my Sacred Well, no longer a gateway
It is as it was before, only better.
Stand back up saying.
The Children of Gaia have withdrawn, the gates are closed
With Honored Hermes as my guide, I have closed the gates.

Farewell to the Gatekeeper
I honor you, Opener of Gates! (offer cinnamon on to charcoal)
Thank you for your guidance and
for shutting the Gates again
Keeper of the ways between the worlds
Friend of Men, Hail Hermes!

Restoration of the Ordinary:
Fire, bright fire
Your bounty shines within me (extinguish supplemental flames)
Well, deep well
Your bounty flows within me (remove silver from the well)
Tree, great tree
Your bounty grows within me (touch hand to heart, mouth and head in respect)
Let all be as it was before, only better.

Regrounding/Centering
Take three deep breaths, and feel the powers of Earth and Sky that fill you now recede. Take a moment to reflect on the work you have done and the blessings you have received.

Thanking the Earth Mother
I honor Gaia, mother of all, the eldest of all beings,
for your powers birth waters and seeds of life,
for you feed all the creatures upon your bosom
whether they dwell on the land or in the sea.
Your heart is the hearth of the world,
all offerings come from and return to you.
Bountiful Lady, Mother of All, I honor you!
Touch or kiss the ground/floor or Gaia representation

Thanking the Hearth Goddess
Hail Hestia, Lady of the Hearth, Keeper of the Flame
Wherever you go, the gods have a home.
Enter this space, make it your own,
Smile on my rite and accept my offerings
give any unconsumed offerings to fire if possible
Bless me with peace and your goodwill.
With thanks, I say Hail and Farewell!
Extinguish the hearth lamp.

Thanking the Muses:
Sweet voiced muses
who gladden the spirit
any blessings received
are a credit to your gifts
Hail and Farewell!

Closing Prayer:

Closing Prayer:
I am one and we are many.
Fellowship, in solitude.
I have made my offerings
To celebrate the Kindreds.
In my mind and in my body,
I hold space in solitude
For all of those who walk alone.
May they be blessed in all they do.
 
By the heavens above and the earth below
This rite has ended.
May it lighten my heart and smooth my way. 
So mote it be through Ma’at. 

Musical Ending Signal: ring bell three times

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Gypsytenaj permalink
    December 16, 2012 9:31 PM

    This is beautiful! I appreciate your willingness to share your template.

    Like

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