Then give me the Waters. To thee we return this portion of thy bounty, O our Mother, even as we must return to thee.
Go forth into the world of men, secure in the knowledge that our sacrifice has found acceptance in the Earth-mother's sight, that she has answered our prayer, and that you go forth with her blessing. The chalice will be filled with the Waters-of-Life. The sacrifice should be of branches with turning leaves. The service starts with all participants standing some distance away from the area where the ritual is to take place. If both safe and legal, a fire should be started in or near the altar.
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O Lord, forgive these three errors that are due to our human limitations:. Thou art everywhere, but we worship thee here;. Thou art without form, but we worship thee in these forms;. Thou hast no need of prayers and sacrifices, yet we offer thee these prayers and sacrifices;.
O Lord, forgive us these three errors that are due to our human limitations. O Mother, cleanse our minds and hearts and prepare us for meditations. Here occurs the Procession, often with the Grove singing the hymn from Customs Upon arrival near the altar, the Preceptor and the Server or any two others designated by the Grove use their staves to mark the Druid Sigil upon the ground in front of the altar usually on the South side , leaving the bottom of the circle incomplete.
PR: Our praise has mounted up to thee on the wings of eagles, our voices have been carried up to thee on the shoulders of the winds. Hear now, we pray thee, our Mother, as we offer up this sacrifice of life. Accept it, we pray thee, and cleanse our hearts, granting us thy peace and life. Here the Priest places the plant offering upon the 'altar' or the ground if there is no altar. As each of the directions are questioned, the members may turn to face that direction. PR: Hast thou accepted our sacrifice, O our Mother?
I call upon the spirit of the North to give answer The sacrifice is accepted, except in unusual situations. Our sacrifice, dedicated to the fertility and renewal of life, and to the cleansing of our minds and hearts, has been accepted! Chorus: O Lord of Light, return to us soon. Chorus: O God of the Sun, return to us soon. PR: The nights were short, the trees in leaf,. Chorus: The Day had conquered night. PR: The days were long and full of Life,. Chorus: The day had conquered night. PR: The Sun was warm, the land gave fruit,.
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PR: But the Sun must return to the Southern lands,. Chorus: Balanced now are we. PR: Though the world is warm and full of Life,.
PR: Yet the cold approaches to stalk the land,. PR: The Sun grows weaker every day.
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Chorus: The night will conquer day. PR: The leaves will wither and Death draw nigh,.
PR: We pray Thy return with all our might. Chorus : Or the night will conquer day. Welcome wert Thou among us. Chorus: Bless us and light our way, O God of Sun.
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PR: But winter will pass and spring will come,. Chorus: And the day will conquer night. PR: The Sun will return and warm our land,. PR: Death will pass and Life return,. Chorus: And the day will conquer night! Chorus: All hail Belenos, God of Light! PR: All praise Belenos, who keep his ways. Chorus: O Belenos, we praise Thee! The preceptor holds the Waters-of-Life while the priest ask the Catechism.
The local custom may replace the Preceptor's response with a chorus of the members. PR : Of what does the Earth-Mother give that we may know the continual flow and renewal of life? PR: From whence do these Waters flow? PR: And how do we honor this gift that causes life in us? PR: Has the Earth-Mother given forth of her bounty? PR: Does Belenos still give us a sign of His presence? PR: Then give me the Waters! Give us to know, O Lord, of Thy impending return, as we take and drink one more time of Thy warmth and light.
First Order consecrations can be done at this time, but it's not necessary to enter into the first order for a person to drink Waters. The Preceptor drinks, blesses the Server, is blessed in return, and gives the Server the chalice. The Server drinks, then goes around the circle of the Grove usually clockwise blessing each person, handing them the chalice, letting them drink, being blessed in return and taking the chalice to the next person.
The Server does not drink more than once. In either method, the last person in the circle should not finish the contents of the chalice. PR : To thee we return this portion of thy bounty, O our Mother, even as we must return to thee. PR: Go forth into the world, secure in the knowledge that our sacrifice has found acceptance in the Earth-Mother's sight, that she has answered our prayer, and that we go forth with her blessing. The Priest blesses the Grove with three Sigils in the air, left to right, saying:.
Druids line up for the procession, standing several yards North of the altar stone. ADS: In the dust of the galaxy swirls the spark of life. G: And we partake of it; we and all living beings. AD: In the mighty helix we dance. G: And in harmony with all of life we sing. ADS: Gods known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, male and female, dark and light, creating, preserving, and destroying G: Be in our awareness. Teach us Your joy. Let us feel Your sorrow. Extend our limitations.
AD: Knowing that the smallest motion, the softest note, even the energy of thought itself, reverberates infinitely.. Grove members split into an arc in front of the altar stone. ADS: Why have you gathered here under the oaks? G: T his is the appointed place, now is the appointed time.
AD: What brings you here out under the sky? G: W e come to worship the Gods. ADS: What do you know of the Gods? G: W e seek to know what we can, with our mortal limitations. AD: The Gods are everywhere;. G: B ut we worship Them here. ADS: The Gods are without form;.
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G: B ut we worship Them in these forms. AD: We do not know what to offer to our Gods,. G: S o we offer Them our prayers and sacrifices:. ADS: Each of us in our own way,. G: E ach of us in our own prayers,. In each of our bodies, in each of our hearts, in the back of our minds, in the quiet of the spirit, evaluating all that has happened in our private lives since last we stood together, that the Gods may help us to understand them as sources of wisdom and growth.
AD: Now let each of us, within our hearts, declare silently our personal goals for the days ahead and for our lives, and make our individual dedications to the spirits whom we worship and honor. ADS: How many Gods are there?