(BRIEF NOTE … This ritual is a basic ADF style ritual and is meant to be applicable to any hearth culture. The ritual for Pagan Pride will be Norse. People should feel free to make these words their own. If you prefer a different phrasing, let inspiration take you. Simply try to keep your words at the same length as the phrases here. We only have 30 minutes for this ritual;>)


PRE RITUAL BRIEFING … SEER/ORATOR

PRESIDING DRUID (PD) - Thrice Three Chimes announce the rite.


OUTDWELLERS

To You who stood against the gods.
To You who stood against our forbearers.
To You who stand against us.
We thank you for the lessons you teach and the strength you build.
(Druid makes offering in thanks.)
But we ask you to remain beyond the sound of our drum/s for this time.
(Druid makes offering of exchange.)
Take this offering and trouble not our rite!
(Druid makes offering to seal the pact.)
So be it. (Use hearth language if desired.)

PD … Brothers and sisters, you may enter the nemeton.

CHANT
“We approach the sacred grove,
with hearts and minds and flesh and bone.
Join us now in ways of old.
We have come home.”


EARTH MOTHER

O, Glorious womb of harvest.
You fiery heart of creation.
Gracious green mother.

Great (Nerthus!) Take this offering and uphold us in our rite. (Druid makes offering of grain.)

Earth Mother, Accept our sacrifice!
ALL: Earth Mother, Accept our sacrifice!


CALL FOR INSPIRATION

Blessed Awen (Kenaz … KEEnahz - for Norse)
Divine light
Holy work of Brid (Odin for Norse; etc . . . .)
Inspire our works.
Inspire our words.
As we merge the worlds this day.

A Brid (Awen; Odin … should be intoned) Accept our sacrifice!
ALL: Accept our sacrifice!



PD: We now consecrate the hallows by which we make offering. (SIGNAL HALLOWS)


CONSECRATING THE HALLOWS

(The well, Fire and Tree will be processed in … circling sunwise … from the outer areas. As they process, each person will speak the invocations. In the center two people will circle to cense and asperse the crowd, saying . . . .)

By the Might of the Water
And the Light of the Fire
This grove is made whole and holy.


WELL

Darkest source
Draught (Draft) of life
Embracing Mist
Carry our words to the depths of the worlds and fill us with your power.

Sacred Waters Flow within Us!
ALL: Sacred Waters Flow within Us!

FIRE

Celestial Spark
Hearth’s provider
Molten rage
Carry our words to the shining ones and charge us with their power.

Sacred Fire Burn within Us!
ALL: Sacred Fire Burn within Us!

TREE

Pillared Axis
Doorway to the Earth
Friendly shelter
Bridge the gap between the worlds that we may share this rite.

Sacred Tree Grow within us!
ALL: Sacred Tree Grow within us!


OPENING THE GATES

(This would have to be rewritten for each hearth’s gatekeeper.)
Heimdal!
Guardian of the rainbow bridge
Son of nine waves
You who waits to battle Loki at the end.

We would walk in your ways this day.
Join your magic with ours and . . .
Let the well open as a gate
Let the Fire open as a gate
And let the tree become Yggdrasil (the world tree) that spans the nine worlds.

Heimdal, Gatekeeper, Let the gates be open!
ALL: Let the gates be open!


PD: We now invite the three kindred to share our rite.

NATURE SPIRITS

Unseen wights of woods, streams and cinderblocks. (Landvettir)
You who share this realm with us.
Helpers and tricksters
Teachers and friends
We honor you here and ask that you join us at our hearthside.

Nature Spirits, Join us!
ALL: Nature Spirits, Join us!

ANCESTORS

Mothers and fathers of long ago (Alfar and Disir)
And those newly beyond the veil.
Heroes, Scholars and Mystics
Farmers, Smiths and Merchants
We honor you here and ask that you join us at our hearthside.

Ancestors, Join us!
ALL: Ancestors, Join us!

SHINING ONES

Shining one, first children of the mother. (Aesir and Vanir)
Highest and mightiest
You of this place, known or unknown.
You who foster the people gathered here.
The children of the earth honor you and offer you welcome.

Shining ones Join us at our fire!
ALL: Shining ones Join us at our fire!


MAIN OFFERING TO SIF
(PD) (May include a storyteller or enactment)


RETURN FLOW OMEN (SEER)

(PD) “And now, having offered to the kindreds, we ask what they would offer us in return.” (Seer takes the omen … by pulling three lots.)


CHARGING THE BLESSING CUP
Instead of pouring the blessing cup for those gathered to drink, we will asperse them with the waters. So that they can share in the blessing offered by the omen.


The cup will be charged by the SEER with the elements of the omen. The cup is placed in the center of three candles or offering plates with camphor tablets. The seer lights each flame from the source fire, saying the words in the omen as s/he lights them. (This is something new that Ian has developed. He did it at Summerland and it was fantastic! However, I’d like complete agreement on doing this for Pagan Pride. If folks aren’t on board with it, we’ll go straight to the Invocation.)


INVOCATION OF THE CUP

Ancient ones, we have heard you!
We have offered to you and share this rite with you!
We have joined as a people and now ask for your blessing!


Shining ones, Give us the waters!
ALL: Shining ones, Give us the waters! Shining ones, Give us the waters!
Shining ones, Give us the waters!
Shining ones, Give us the waters of life!
ALL: Shining ones, Give us the waters of life!
These are the waters of life.
(Druid/s asperse the group with the blessings.)


THANKING THOSE WHO HAVE AIDED OUR RITE

PD:
Having offered to the kindred and received their blessings, we now thank all those who have aided us in our rite.

(PD) Sif, Goddess of this rite, we thank you!

(PD) Nature Spirits, Ancestors and Shining Ones we thank you!

Odin, Wanderer, we thank you!

Nerthus, Earth Mother, We thank you!

And, Heimdal, we thank you as we call on you once more to close the gates.


CLOSING THE GATES

Heimdal join your magic with ours and . . .
Let the Well be but water.
Let the fire be but flame
And may the sacred tree be but a symbol of the world tree within us all.

Heimdal! Let the gates be closed!
ALL: Let the gates be closed!


PD: Brothers and sisters, go in peace and blessings, the rite is ended!