Thursday, September 20, 2007

Final draft of my first Hellenic ritual

Assemble all the items for the ritual: bells, drum(s), water in large jug, large bowl, oil lamp, barley, flowers, icons, wine, cup, bowl for libations, cakes, personal offerings, and a basket to hold things. Have them ready, either on the altar or in the basket, as appropriate. The wine should be a bottle reserved just for that ritual, as there are many libations. Any left over may be imbibed by the attendees.


Procession

Assemble everyone inside, and explain the procession. Let people walk quietly, piously, into the ritual area. This marks the change from profane to sacred space. Bells may be rung and the drum beat slowly to accompany the pace.


Purification of the People

Just outside the sacred space, a vessel of water and a bowl should be waiting. All those entering the sacred space must wash their hands with the water, into the bowl (the water in the bowl is considered unclean, and so should not be touched). The
water is poured by the priestess, and the bowl is held by the priest.


Sanctification of Sacred Space

The remaining water (in the vessel) is used to sanctify the sacred space, and the altar. The priestess enters first, using a branch to scatter droplets of clean water around the entire area to be used during the ritual. As she walks, the bell and drum should accompany. She says:

Let all that is profane be far from here!

She ends her slow procession by sprinkling the people attending. The priest then takes the offering basket up to the altar, and places it before it. Everyone can enter behind him.


The remainder of this ritual can be found at:
http://paladinwiki.cyberpaladin.com/wiki/Wicca:GreekFirst


Bibliography:

Neokoroi - The Temple Keepers. Template for Noumenia Ritual. http://www.neokoroi.org/noumenia.htm

Sannion's Sanctuary. Hellenic Polytheism. http://www.winterscapes.com/sannion/hellenic_polytheism.htm

Fairbanks, Arthur. A Handbook of Greek Religion. http://books.google.com/books?id=rPD40gMzVbAC&dq=a+handbook+of+greek+religion&pri

Diasia/Chloaia. A ritual. http://www.flyallnight.com/VHD/Diasia-Chloaia.htm

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