Red Oak Grove

Standard Ritual


Signal &  Processional

By the Land beneath us, By the Sea surrounding us,
By the Sky above us, We come unto the Gods.

 

Call to Worship

       People of the Oak, Friends of the Earth, Children of the Mother,

We call you all to join us now in communion with the Mighty Kindred.

 

Outsiders

To those who are not our allies, we offer you this Ale
And ask you to be silent and let us gather in peace.

 

Bardic Assist

Dearest Brigedd, Matron of Poets, inspirer and healer,
Send us your Blessed Awen
Let us uplift our hearts with Your words.

 

UnityChant

We are the people of the Oak

Gathered by the sacred tree.

Nature's great Spirits we invoke

All your Blessings growing free.

We are the children of the Dead

Joined here by the Sacred Well

Honoring everything you've said

Guided by the words you tell.

We are the servants of the Gods

Praying by the Sacred Fire

Holding our sickles and our rods,

Sending our praises ever higher.

 

State Ritual Purpose

 As always, we are here for three important reasons:

 Firstly, to celebrate the Season:

This is _________, also known as ___________
At this time our Ancestors celebrated __________________.
It was customary to ______________ at this time.
The sun is _______________, the days/nights are _____________, which means __________

 Our second purpose is to connect with each other and enjoy our community of friends who support us, and teach us and love us.

 And most importantly, we are here today to reconnect with the Gods of our Clan, our Honored Ancestors and the Spirits of Nature. We want to join with them as we all move out of the Season of ____ and begin the Season of _____. We will need the help of all of you to accomplish these tasks.   Bydded Felly!

All: Bydded Felly!

 Honor Don

Glorious Don, our First Mother,
Queen of Annwfn, Earth's Delight,
Child's Nurse and Womb of Wisdom,
Gentle comforter of the Night.

I offer you this gift of a Hazelnut
To represent the nurturing Wisdom that you send us,
And to thank You for being with us, as always.

Honor An Dagda

Great An Dagda, our First Father,
King of Annwn, Heaven's Might
Druid's Master, Seed of Wisdom
Glorious, Mighty, God of Light.

I offer you this gift of an acorn
To represent the small seed of greatness that you plant in us
And to thank You for being with us, as always.

Purify People                                                               

With water from the Sacred Well...                               

...we cleanse this place and these people.      

Be Blessed and Purified.

 

Purification Chant

It fills the great Seas
it falls from the sky
with water so holy
be purified.

Acknowledge the Three Realms

We stand here in our own Realm, the land of the living Earth

And we acknowledge the Underworld of the Ancestors

And the Otherworld of the Gods, that we call Annwfn.

 

Establish the Sacred Center

CHORUS: 
By fire and by water, between the Earth & Sky

We stand like the World Tree, rooted deep, crowned High           
By fire and by water, between the Earth & Sky
We stand like the World Tree, rooted deep, crowned High

Gather we at the tree, the root and the crown of all
Gather we at the tree, below and above                                  
Gather we at the tree, together we make our call        
Gather we at the tree, in wisdom and love                             

Chorus

Come we now to the Well, the eye and the mouth of Earth   
Come we now to the Well, and silver we bring                 
Come we now to the Well, the cauldron of re-birth    
Come we now to the Well, together we sing:

Chorus

We will kindle a fire, Bless all and with harm to none
We will kindle a fire, and offerings pour                              
We will kindle a fire, a light 'neath the moon and sun,  
We will kindle a fire, our Spirits will soar

Chorus

Open the Gates                                               

 

Let this Sacred Center be the point where all Realms converge.

Lord Cernunnos, Warden of the In-Between,

Join your Magic with ours as we bring the Worlds together as One!   

 

Let this water be the Holy Well!

Let this fire be the Sacred Flame!

Let this Tree be the Crossroads of all Worlds!                                                                          

By our Wills and these Words,

 

All: May the Gates be Open!

 

The Gates are Opened wide and here we stand:

With our Ancestors,

With all the Spirits of Nature,

And with the Shining Gods and Goddesses!

 

                  Bydded Felly!                   All: Bydded Felly!

 

Nature Spirits       

Mising, mighty masked dancer of the woods,
We reach across the Veil with our words and we call you and all of the Spirits of Nature,
We thank you for allowing us to spend this time in your home.
We offer you this gift of tobacco, and ask you to watch over us.

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

 

Ancestors                                                                

Noble and honored Ancestors of our people, our clan and this place,
We reach across the Veil with our words and we Call to you.
Teachers who walk beside us, our thoughts and guides.
We offer you this bread and whisky and bid you welcome!

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

                  

Gods                                                                         

Bright and Shining Gods and Goddesses
We reach across the Veil with our words and we Call to you.
You who guide us and inspire us in every way
We offer you this incense and bid you welcome!

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

 

Honor Brigedd                  

Brigedd, the bright flame, the shining arrow, the exulted one
Brigedd the Healer, Brigedd the Inspirer, Brigedd the Hearth-keeper.
Join us Brigedd, and fill us with Health, Inspiration and Love!

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

 

Honor Lleu                         

Lleu Llaw Gyffes -- the Bright One with the Deft Hand,
Lleu the Many Skilled, Lleu the Long Arm,
Join us Lleu and fill us with Passion, Skill and Joy!

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

 

Honor Rhiannon                   

Rhiannon, the Great Mother, mother of Pryderi,
Rhiannon, the Harvester, Rhiannon, Goddess of Fertility.
Join us Rhiannon, and fill us with abundance, security and sensuality!

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

 

Honor Math                       

Math ap Mathonwy, Master Magician
Brother of Don and Uncle of Gwydion.
Join us Math, and fill us with Wisdom, Sight and Magic! 

Croeso!                                                                                       All: Croeso!

 

Offerings

Welcome Shining Gods and Goddesses of Nyfed Ddar Goch!
Welcome Noble Ancestors and the Mighty Tylwyth Teg!
Welcome to all those Called by these people.
Welcome to all of you: Family, Friends and Guests!

To all gathered here by our Fire,
we invite you to join us in Blessing the Mighty Kindred
with gifts of our labor, our love and our praise.

Before you present the Final Sacrifice
Let us prepare for the Return Blessings.

 

Prepare Waters of Life

This is Pure Water, charged with essence of Oak & Mistletoe our sacred plants.
We are ready to receive the Blessings.       

Sacrifice

Please direct your energy and love into this flask
Take the Awe you hold for Nature
The honor and respect you hold for your Ancestors
And the Worship you hold for your Gods
And pour them into this flask.                        All: FILL IT UP!
Mighty Kindred, accept our Sacrifice! 

Receive Return Flow

 Behold! The Waters of Life!       

May the Blessings of the Mighty Kindred,
present in this living Water, Flow into these cakes

May the Blessings of the Mighty Kindred, present in these Cakes, Flow into these folk.

Distribute Blessings

Prepare to receive the Blessings!

Bounties come and troubles go,
Mighty Kindred's Blessing Flow
From without and from within;
From right now may they begin.

When we share a meal with the Gods we remind ourselves
that we are always sharing their Blessings.

 Accept their Blessings in Love and Gratitude!

Take Omen of Return

Thank Math                                                        

I face the North, oh Master Math,
Sharp and crisp as Winter's night.
Lead us down your magic path -
Teach us how to guide our Sight. 

At Midnight with no light to see,    
Beliefs create reality.     
Guide our Souls and set them free,
We're filled with Spirit's mystery.

Farewell and Bright Blessings!                      All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 Thank Rhiannon                                                

I face the West, Oh Great Rhiannon,
And Autumn's rich abundant land.
We're thankful for your precious prizes.
You cut down life, new life arises.

As day is done, with jobs complete,
Projects finished or cut short
It's time to stop and gather up,
We're grateful for your gifts to us.

Farewell and Bright Blessings!                      All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 Thank Lleu                                                                    

I face the South, Oh, Skillful Lleu.
The Summer's sunshine is your gaze.
Your bright, hot fires ignite our passion.
Like a well-made Knife, joyfully used.

At midday now, we feel your joy,  
For jobs to do, rewards to earn,
To do our best and better still,
We're happy now to play and learn.

Farewell and Bright Blessings!                      All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 Thank Brigedd                                            

I face the East, oh Brilliant Bri
The kiss of Spring is your sweet daughter.
Your healing love pours over us,
Like a Cup of cool, refreshing water.

As new day dawns we feel your love,
With promises of new beginnings,
New ways to serve and new rewards,
We're filled with fresh anticipation.

Farewell and Bright Blessings!                      All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 

Thank the Gods

Bright and Shining Gods and Goddesses, Thank you for attending our Rite.

We bid you Farewell and Bright Blessings!"

All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 

Thank the Ancestors

Honored and Noble Ancestors, Thank you for attending our Rite.

We bid you Farewell and Bright Blessings!"

All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 

Thank the Spirits of Nature

Mising, and all the Spirits of Nature, Thank you for attending our Rite.

We bid you Farewell and Bright Blessings!"

All: Farewell and Bright Blessings!

 


Close The Gates                                  

Lord Cernunnos, we give you our thanks.

Now let the Sacred Flame be only fire,

Let the Holy Well be only water,

Let the Crossroads of all the Worlds become a tree again.

 

May the Gates be Closed                    

 

Honor An Dagda & DOn

Radiant Father                      Receptive Mother

                   We are One                                         

                  Bydded Felly!                   All: Bydded Felly!

 

PurposeMet

We came together to reconnect with the Gods of our Grove.

We have succeeded! We have received the blessings of...

Take these Blessings home with you. Look for them in your life.

UnityChant

We are the people of the Oak

Gathered by the sacred tree.

Nature's great Spirits we invoke

All your Blessings growing free.

We are the children of the Dead

Joined here by the Sacred Well

Honoring everything you've said

Guided by the words you tell.

We are the servants of the Gods

Praying by the Sacred Fire

Holding our sickles and our rods,

Sending our praises ever higher.

 

Benediction

People of the Oak, Friends of the Earth, Children of the Mother,

Go now, in peace and with the blessings of the Kindred.

The Rite is ended!

                  Bydded Felly!                   All: Bydded Felly!

 

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