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We created the Unity Rite (aka Organizational Ritual) to foster a sense of community in ADF, wherever our members may be. The rite honors our many local fellowships (groves and protogroves) but also allows our many solitary members to connect with the larger community.Unity Rite Frequently Asked QuestionsBeltaine 2002 Unity RiteSpring Equinox 2003 Unity RiteOstara Blöt 2004 Unity RiteAutumn Equinox 2004 Unity RiteMidsummer 2005 Unity RiteUnity Rite for a Gathering - 2006ADF members writing Unity Rites may find the list of groves by founding date and Unity Cauldron pamphlet (212Kb PDF or Word) useful.
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The following attempts to answer some of the more common questions we get about the ADF Unity Rite (aka Organizational Ritual). If you are an ADF grove or solitary and you have further questions about doing an ADF Unity Rite (UR), please contact us and we'll be glad to help.Why do we have an ADF Unity Rite?ADF is a religious organization and we strive to foster both individual spiritual growth and group spiritual growth. The ADF Unity Rite is designed to foster growth of the spiritual egregore (group mind) of ADF. In this rite, all ADF Groves and Protogroves are called and all ADF members are represented as being spiritually present. The rite is done for ADF as one people.Who performs the ADF Unity Rite?Members of the ADF Clergy Council (CC) officiate at these rites. They are scheduled in advance and an effort is made to rotate the UR among the members of the CC.May anyone attend these rites?In keeping with ADF tradition, these Unity Rites are performed publicly and anyone may attend regardless of ADF membership. ADF members are urged to attend when the UR is being done near them.How may my Grove participate in these rites?The name of each ADF Grove is called during the UR. This insures the spiritual presence of each Grove that the rite. Some Groves may choose to attend the UR as a group when it is in their area. They may bring a banner or Grove symbol to include in the UR. Groves may also participate by getting together at the scheduled time of the UR and praying or reading the script of the rite aloud. Some Groves may schedule their local events to coincide with the ADF UR. Groves may also send a group sacrifice to be given in their name.I'm a solitary, how may I participate in these rites?A solitary member may participate by attending the UR when it is local to them. Solitaries may time their personal worship to coincide with the UR or may site in meditation and prayer at the time when the UR is being done.Can I have personal things taken care of at these rites?While the UR is done for the spiritual growth of ADF as a whole, the ADF Clergy Council realizes that there are personal needs among our members. Time is generally set aside after the main rite in which personal workings can be performed or assisted by members of the ADF Clergy Council. Consecrations, dedicant oaths and personal sacrifices are done at this time.Will ADF Clergy be available at these rites?Each UR will be performed by an ADF Clergy Council member. These CC members will be available after the UR to attend to our members needs for Pastoral care or just to answer questions.Can any ADF member have a role in one of these rites?Yes, any ADF member who wishes to have a role in the UR may contact the officiating Clergy in advance of the rite and request a role. There are more ADF member than roles so the roles will be assigned based on the earliest requests received.Are these rites Celtic?ADF is an Indo-European (IE) based organization and our people practice a wide variety of IE ethnic foci. The ADF Unity Rite is specifically done in a way that does not embrace any one cultural specialty but embraces the commonalities of these many practices.
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Performed 12:00 EDT on May 4, 2002 at Ames Nowell State Park in Abington, MAEveryone attending is urged to bring a cup for  waters and to bring a picnic lunch to be eaten afterward. There will be a small rite of consecration and blessing after the main rite, we ask that anyone attending who wishes to consecrate an item or have it consecrated please hold the item until this time. It is customary to give a sacrifice to the Gods of fire for the consecrations. Anyone wishing a special blessing for healing or other requests is asked to hold these personal workings until the consecration and blessing rite. Specific Gods and Goddesses will be called and honored for requests during this rite and it will be conducted by an ADF Clergy Council member and the gates will remain open and the fire remain lit until after this rite.Anyone wishing to take some of the waters of life with them after the rite is reminded to bring a small container. Everyone is urged to bring flowers to decorate the area as is the tradition.At 12:00 there will be preliminary rite to honor and gift the local nature spirits.  Gifts of bread, fruit, nuts and birdseed will be given to the forest and placed out on the land. Anyone who wishes to bring gifts for the local animals and their spirits may. The gifts will be placed in a pile where they will be blessed.Ritual roles will be assigned to ADF members who volunteer for them in advance of the rite."All you creatures that go on feet, fin and wing, with roots reaching into the depths below, all you spirits that wind whisper, wave walk and rain revel, of sliding stream and the stones that remain. Accept these gifts and may there be a bond of peace between us that we may stand here with you and celebrate the light."The gifts will now be scattered into the forest and onto the land by the participants who wish to participate in offering to these spirits.Bardic calling: The bard will extemporize then begin the processional chant, and the drums will start. The processional chant will be a section from the Padstow Carol.Unite and unite and let us all unite, For the summer is a comin' today. And wither we are going We all will unite In the merry mornin' of May. TraditionalOur people will line up behind the sacrificer who will lead the folk into the ritual area with drummers beating a lively beat from the back following the bard. The priest will bring up the rear . The people will enter the area and continue to sing until the bard signals to stop. The priest will enter while saying:"We have come here to stand as one to honor the Gods and to welcome the summer"Firetender lights the fire in the fire altar and the sacrificer makes gives oil to the fire while the priest says: "Summer heats like fire while we welcome the flame and honor the fire Gods of our peoples accept this sacrifice and give us fire to cook and to warm."   The sacrificer  will pour a sacrifice upon the ground while someone speaks:"Warm yourselves in the summer light, Goddesses of the lands of our peoples, we honor you and ask that your steadfast strength nurture the roots of our people and tribes to support us as we grow for our work is sacred".Someone speaks: Land: Sacred is this land to us, sacred is all land to us, it is the world which we walk. We are supported and sustained by the land, valleys, fields , hills, spires of peaks, depths of forest down to the shores holding before the waves.Someone speaks: Sea:  Waves of the Sea, touches of the other-world endlessly dancing to rise and recede at our shores. Across the waves, the ancestors rest and the sea gives and claims as it will, all the while pushed by the breath of the skies.Someone speaks: Sky – Skies above, the very world of the Gods of our people, with shining eye, sweeping winds and blessings raining down. The secrets of lives written in  mysteries of star and cloud. All:                                                   Firetender:  "From the center to the edge" "Fire be a light" "From the center to the edge"  "alight the world" "From the center to the edge"  "world changing fire" All:     Sacrificer: "From the center to the edge"  "well be a gate "From the center to the edge"  gate of blessings "From the center to the edge"  blessings from a well" All:     Priest: "From the center to the edge"  "Tree standing steadfast "From the center to the edge"  steadfast between worlds "From the center to the edge"  worlds upon the tree" Sacrificer makes a border offering at the gates while a warrior says: "Champions of the Gods of our people, with this sacrifice freely given,  we ask protection for our folk in this place, in our homes and in our lives".The sacrificer makes a border offering to the south while a warrior says: "Let that which has no part of us remain beyond and trouble us not"The sacrificer makes a sacrifice into the cauldron, then he raises his hand to mark a spiral in the air at the center of the rite and says: "Gate keepers of the Gods, we ask that you open the gates and give unhindered passage to all who come in honour. May the gates among the worlds be opened"The sacrificer pours an offering of oil into the fire while the priest says:  "Gods, Goddesses, shining ones of our people we honor you today in this place and across our lands. Receive this gift freely given as you receive our worship"Chant: By the Gods above And by the Goddesses So Mighty ParadoxThe sacrificer pours an offering of honey into the cauldron as the bard says: "Ancestors of blood and of spirit, we give you a gift and invite you to our celebration"Chant: From far beyond this mortal plane Mothers and Fathers of old We pray that you return again Mothers and Fathers of old. To share with us the mysteries And secrets long untold Of the ancient ways we seek to reclaim Mothers and Fathers of old. SablePriest: "Let the peoples be named that all may be known to be part of the folk"The Groves will be named in an ancient musical form, a single male voice will hold a deep sub-harmonic or spectrum-harmonic tone while a single female voice will intone the names of the Groves and the sacrificer will pour an offering of oil onto the fire altar for each name called:1. Stone Creed Grove, ADF Cleveland Heights OH 9/1/1990 2. Cedar Light Grove, ADF Baltimore MD 1/1/1991 3. Muin Mound Grove, ADF E. Syracuse NY 7/2/1991 4. Grove of the Other Gods, ADF Highland Park NJ 9/1/1991 5. Mugwort Grove, ADF Greenbelt MD 3/1/1992 6. World Tree Grove, ADF Cranston RI 7/1/1992 7. Sassafras Grove, ADF Pittsburgh PA 10/1/1992 8. Shining Lakes Grove, ADF Ann Arbor MI 7/1/1994 9. Grove of the Sacred Crows, ADF East Bridgewater MA 7/1/1994 10. Wild Onion Grove, ADF Oak Park IL 12/1/1995 11. Red Oak Grove, ADF Mount Laurel NJ 6/21/1997 12. Little Acorn Grove, ADF Dumfries VA 7/1/1997 13. Triskele Rivers Grove, ADF Hamilton OH 12/1/1997 14. Willow Marsh Protogrove, ADF St. Clair Shores MI 1/8/1998 15. Peachtree Grove, ADF Clarkston GA 7/30/1998 16. Grove of the Midnight Sun, ADF Randolph NJ 9/1/1998 17. Hearth Fire Grove, ADF Billerica MA 10/1/1998 18. The 6th Night Grove, ADF Dayton OH 12/1/1998 19. Red Maple Protogrove, ADF Pakenham ON 2/13/1999 20. DogWood Protogrove, ADF Roanoke VA 2/28/1999 21. River of Fire Grove, ADF La Crosse WI 4/28/1999 22. Cascade Dragonsong Protogrove, ADF Olalla WA 4/28/1999 23. Three Songs Protogrove, ADF Rochester NY 7/16/1999 24. Raven's Cry Grove, ADF Burbank CA 8/4/1999 25. Sun Raven Grove, ADF Madison WI 12/7/1999 26. Stone Glen Protogrove, ADF Bremen GA 12/9/1999 27. Tear of the Cloud Protogrove, ADF Guilderland NY 12/9/1999 28. Earth Song Grove, ADF Duluth MN 5/10/2000 29. Druid's Healing Protogrove, ADF Lisle NY 5/30/2000 30. Nemos Ognios Protogrove, ADF North Providence RI 6/5/2000 31. Fieldstone Protogrove, ADF Calumet MI 8/13/2000 32. Gooseberry Protogrove, ADF Richmond VA 9/2/2000 33. Sonoran Sunrise Protogrove, ADF Tucson AZ 9/12/2000 34. Raven's Mist Protogrove, ADF Las Vegas NV 10/21/2000 35. Rogue River Protogrove, ADF Medford OR 1/5/2001 36. Ancient Path Grove, ADF Bethel OH 2/10/2001 37. Thistle Dew Protogrove, ADF Louisville KY 3/28/2001 38. Awen Wyrd Protogrove, ADF Colfax IL 4/11/2001 39. Midgard Hearth Protogrove, ADF Houston TX 7/30/2001 40. Draig-Talamh Protogrove, ADF Lexington KY 9/28/2001 41. Raven Wood Grove, ADF Crystal Lake IL 11/6/2001 42. Grove of the Twilight Owl, ADF Springfield OH 11/14/2001 43. Protogrove of the Seven Hills, ADF Lynchburg VA 1/5/2002 44. Protogrove of the Stone Forest, ADF Cincinnati OH 3/31/2002 (Note: This is a list of ADF groves in 2002; for a current list see our groves section)Sacrificer addresses the people: "Are there any individual sacrifices"   This time is for the sacrifice of tangible items to fire or well and the sacrifices may be made by the individual or handed to the sacrificer to perform.Bard addresses the people: "Are there any praise offerings"At this time, original songs and poems are performed. Please consider the length of time that your praise will take given the size and scope of the ritual. Longer performance pieces should be saved for the picnic afterward.    Divination by PriestThe bowl containing the waters will be held up by the sacrificer while the priest says: "Lapping upon the shores, flowing across the land and falling from the skies are the many waters bringing life and sustenance.  May we share these sacred waters as one folk"The cupbearers bring the waters around to the people present and pour some in each cup.All cups are raised and the Priest says: "Behold the waters of life"All respond: "Behold the waters of life"Some water is then scattered to the outer areas to symbolize the inclusion of those not physically present in the rite.Priest addresses all with statement of continuity.Bard "Ancestors of blood and spirit for our lives for you aid we thank you"All: "We thank you"Priest: "Goddesses and Gods of our people, Shining ones of elder days for your aid and attendance we thank you"All: "We thank you"Sacrificer: "Keepers of the hidden ways among the worlds we thank you.All: "We thank you"Warrior: "Champions who insure the protection of the folk, for your strong hand and firm standing we thank you"All: "We thank you"The same person who called the Land Goddesses: "Goddesses of the living lands of our peoples for your support and constant strength we thank you"All: "We thank you"Firetender: "Fire Gods of our people we ask that you remain in our hearths and in our hearts to warm , our heads to inspire and our hands that we may perform our work. For your warmth and light we thank you"All: "We thank you"Bard: extemporizes thanks to Bardic Deities: "....... We thank you"All: "We thank you"Priest: May the Gods bless our people and our peoples this rite is ended.
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Raven's Cry Grove, ADF Unity Rite Module for Spring Equinox Ritual 2003, to occur during praise offerings phase of ritual dedicated to Eostre Saturday, March 22, 2003, 3:00pm PST. Written by Todd Covert, Senior Druid and Dedicant Priest.Note: The concept for the ADF Organizational Unity Rite dates to April 2002. The responsibility for writing and facilitating a ritual observance at each High Day that will promote the cause of a greater sense of community within diversity is rotated among the members of the ADF Clergy Council. The first such rite was hosted by Grove of the Sacred Crows, ADF, in Massachusetts at Bealtaine 2002. The liturgy below is designed to integrate into the Raven's Cry Grove Spring Equinox liturgy written in 2001 by Douglas Dean and still serve as the foundation for a meaningful pan-IE offertory rite for other Groves, Protogroves, and solitary members. A list of the Groves and Protogroves of ADF and their founding dates can be obtained by contacting the ADF Office.After the presiding Druid of the rite calls for praise offerings and individual offerings have been made by participants, five of the Druids (D1-D5) come forward to the Tree. One carries a two parchments: one with the names of the members of the ADF clergy and one listing the names, locations, and founding dates of the Groves and Protogroves of ADF. The others bear a goblet of spring water, roses, colorful ribbons or garlands, and a bouquet of flowers which includes an eight-pointed star.D1: This day we honor Eostre, goddess of the Spring of the Anglo-Saxon folk. The lady Eostre had kindred goddesses honored by the other peoples of the ancient world and we turn to them at this time to strengthen and renew our community.As members of the folk of Ar nDraiocht Fein, we seek at this auspicious moment in the passage of the year to honor the unity and the diversity of our community.We are united in our kinship with the Ancestors, the Spirits of the Earth, and the Shining Ones and we are united in our service to all who likewise seek to honor the Kindreds.We celebrate our diversity, as Our Druidry embraces the traditions of many ancient Indo-European peoples.And so, we turn to Eostre and her sisters—bringers of renewal for so many of the peoples who give us inspiration—to bring renewed commitment to our community, to its leaders, its fellowships, its members worshipping as individuals, and the many other people who are our brothers and sisters.D1 passes the parchment with the names of the clergy among the participants.D1: These are the clergy of Ar nDraiocht Fein—share your good will for them as you read their names.D2 then speaks.D2: Aurora of the Romans! Flying across the sky as herald of the Sun, The tears from your passage falling as the dew.Purify the hearts of those who would lead us in worship,Nourish and refresh them on their way.D2 pours spring water at the base of the Tree. D1 starts the parchment with the list of Groves and Protogroves around (and places the list of clergy at the Tree when it has been passed around).D1: These are the Groves and Protogroves of Ar nDraiocht Fein—share your good will for them as you read their names and the many communities they serve.D3 then speaks.D3: Eos of the Hellenes! O rosy-fingered mother of the Winds, Who daily opens the gates of the Dawn. As the fellowships of Our Druidry are many, Let your children the Four Winds embrace and strengthen them all!D3 places roses at the base of the Tree. D1 places the parchment of the fellowships there when all have viewed it.D1: We do not neglect those in our community who honor the Kindreds as individuals and as families.D4: Ushas of the Vedic peoples! You rise each day as though newly born, Bashful maiden dancing in splendid robes. Join as a bride and dance with each of our folk, Give them strength and delight in their path.D4 decorates the Tree with garlands or ribbons.D1: And we above all proclaim our fellowship with all who honor the Kindreds, whatever their path.D5: Aushine of the Lithuanians! Whose eight-fold dawn star brings new strength, Whose flowered cross proclaims the joy of Spring. Grant strength of purpose to those on the old paths And bring them joy whenever they may meet.D5 places the star and flowers at the base of the Tree.D1: Eostre! In whose name we gather! By these gifts, to you and your sisters of the dawn and of renewal, Proclaim the strength of all our Fellowship To all the realms you bless with tidings of the Spring!So may it be!The rite continues with offerings by the people to Eostre as matron of the festival.
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(As performed by Three Cranes Grove, ADF.)The Sacred Grove is arranged as described. The celebrants hallow the Grove; the Fire is lit, the Well is filled, the Tree is blessed.PurposeToday is the beginning of the night, the dark half of the year. As we move into the liminal time between the Equinox and Samhain, we consider what we have done in the past year, and we begin to look ahead to the next.ProcessionWith singing ("We Approach the Sacred Grove"), arrive and circle the hallows deosil. The Druids complete the sigil, then give the opening prayers.Fire and Water: Seer draws water from the Well and Bard lights a censer from the Fire. They quickly cense and asperge the company as they enter.Opening PrayersWe are here to honor the gods!A: Universal Spirit: Senior Druid speaks:You who are without name You who are without gender You who are without form Spirits which exist in all Creation We, the Children of the Earth Call out to you And ask that you bless this work and our lives. So be it. All: So be it!B: Earth Mother: All kneel and touch or kiss the earth. The Seer speaks:We build our fires on the breast of the Earth; on Her our hearths are formed. To Her this offering, then, preparing this to be our space, our place of worship. Mother of All, receive this gift! All: Mother of All, receive this gift!C: Awen: The Bard invokes, saying:Power of inspiration that attends us Voice of the Fire of Wisdom, Voice of the Well of Inspiration I call on you to place the clear heart in us Come into our hearts' shrine Guide our rite in the way of Truth O power of inspiration in this holy place O power of inspiration at this holy time So be it! All: So be it! Purpose And PrecedentAs the ancients did before us, so we do now, and so our descendants may do in the future. We have come into the Grove to worship as they did, to offer to the Ancestors; to offer to the Nature Spirits; and to offer to the beloved Shining Ones.  We come together this day for a threefold purpose - to celebrate the turning of the seasons; to celebrate the planting of this Three Cranes Grove and recognize the milestones we have passed; and to honor the unity and diversity of our Ar nDraoicht Fein community. This ADF Unite Rite is also a means of fostering a sense of community among its members, wherever they may be, by honoring the many local fellowships within ADF--both Groves and Protogroves and its clergy. Today is the beginning of the night, the dark half of the year. As we move into the liminal time between the Equinox and Samhain, we consider what we have done in the past year, and we begin to look ahead to the next. PurificationOutdwellers: An offering is made to the south of the Grove, saying:Those whose purpose is cross with ours, You whose harmony does not match our voices, Be you God, Goddess, Spirit, or Giant, We ask that you accept this gift And trouble not our working. Likewise we acknowledge within ourselves All those things that would cause disunity We contemplate these ills and enemies And for this sacred time We set them aside!Grove AttunmentTake a moment to find the center of your mind, body and soul. Let us begin to open our minds to Magic, to the presence of the Gods. Begin with your body. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, balanced and upright. Shake out your arms and shoulders. Let gravity pull you evenly toward the Earth, as you release the everyday tensions in your flesh. Now, begin to breathe deeply and regularly. With each inbreath fill your lungs slowly and completely. With each outbreath empty them entirely. For a moment, simply watch your breath. In and out . . . Slowly . . . Completely. Now, as you continue to breathe deeply and regularly, imagine, feel that roots are springing from the soles of your feet, reaching down into soil and stone, down to the World below you. A strong taproot slides down, going deeper and growing stronger, down to touch the cool, dark waters beneath the Earth. The dark, cool, magnetic powers of the land. Breathe deep, and with each inbreath draw the Earth Power up through your roots. Feel it flowing into your feet, tingling and energizing. Rising up from the Earth . . . into your legs . . . rising up through your legs . . . feel it pool in your groin. Breathe deep, and draw the Earth Power up your spine . . . rising through your belly . . . rising through your heart . . . rising up to pool in your head . . . Filling and energizing you . . . rising still to fountain out the crown of your head and flow back to the Earth. Flowing back out through your head and hands, to return to the Earth. So are you now filled with the Power of the Earth. Now imagine, feel, that from far overhead, from deep within the turning Wheel of the Sky, a single ray of light shines down, out and down to bathe your body and your spirit in the warm, electric Sky power. Shining down over your head . . . over your heart . . . over your loins . . . touching and warming the Earth Power. Everywhere the light touches becomes bright, shining like the sun on the water. Now, raise your shining hands to the Sky and let the Earth Power flow into your hands. Feel . . . see . . . your hands brighten and energize with the combined Powers of the Earth and the Sky. So are you now the Sacred Pillar, the World Tree, the vertical axis of all the Worlds. Now, reach out to those beside you. Join your shining hands together. Let the Waters and the Light merge and flow through us all . . . the Power flowing upward from below . . . the power flowing downward from above . . . through each and all of us . . . making us one light, one depth, one united and Sacred Grove. At one with the cosmos and at one as a grove - we are, as a community, greater than the sum of our parts. We stand as a grove in a forest of trees, one folk. The waters support and surround us The land extends about us The sky stretches out above us. At the center burns a living flame. May all the Kindred bless us. May our worship be true. May our actions be just. May our love be pure. Blessings, and honor, and worship to the Holy Ones. Fire, Well And TreeOfferings to the Sacred Center. The seer positions herself at the well, the bard at the fire, and the Senior Druid at the tree. Offerings are placed given when the song states:Chant: Portal SongCHORUS By Fire and by Water, between the Earth and Sky We stand like the World-Tree rooted deep, crowned high. 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 waters of rebirth, 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 offering pour, We will kindle a Fire, A light 'neath the Moon & Sun, We will kindle a fire, our spirits will soar. CHORUS Gather we at the Tree, the root & the crown of all, Gather we at the Tree, Below & Above, Gather we at the Tree, Together we make our call, Gather we at the Tree, In wisdom & love. CHORUS (with gusto)Opening The GatesThe Senior Druid makes an offering to the Janus, saying:Janus, You who stand between the realms, Open the ways for us. Guide us as we walk in your holy ways, Guide us as we walk the Sacred Road. Share your magic with us, Ward us as we travel to meet the Kindred. Janus, accept our sacrifice! All: Janus, accept our sacrifice! An offering of oil is given to the Fire. The Senior Druid then conjures the Gates, making an opening triskel on the Fire and Well, saying:Now, Janus Join your magic with mine And let the fire open as a gate, Let the well open as a gate, Let the tree be the crossroads of all Worlds. IANUS PATULCIUS ADMITTE NOS IN PRAESENTIUM NUMINUM LUCENTIUM - Ianus of Openings, admit us into the presence of the shining Ones PORTAE APERIANTUR - Let the gates be open! All: Let the gates be open!Kindred OfferingsThe druids make proper offerings to each of the Kindred, standing at the fire.Ancestors (Seer)The Children of the Earth call out to the Mighty Dead. Hear us, our Ancestors, our Kindred. [You who were here before], We offer you welcome. [Ancestors of those present], We offer you welcome. [You who guide us], We offer you welcome. Come to our fire, Spirits Meet us at the boundary Guide us and ward us as we walk the elder ways. Ancestors, accept our sacrifice! (an offering of food and/or drink is made onto the ground or into a shaft) All: Ancestors, Accept our sacrifice!Nature Spirits (Bard)The Children of Earth call out to the Spirits of this Land. Hear us, companions and teachers! [Kindred of earth], We offer you welcome [Kindred of the growing green], We offer you welcome. [Kindred who fly or walk or swim or crawl], We offer you welcome. Come to our fire, Spirits; Meet us at the boundary. Guide and ward us as we walk the elder ways. Nature Spirits, accept our sacrifice! (an offering of herbs, flowers and/or trinkets is scattered around the nemeton's edge or hung on the tree) All: Nature Spirits, Accept our sacrifice!Deities (Senior Druid)The Children of Earth call out to the Shining Ones. Hear us, eldest and brightest! [To all Gods and Goddesses], We offer you welcome. [To all Gods of this place], We offer you welcome. [To all the deities of those here gathered], We offer you welcome. Come to our fire, Shining Ones; Meet us at the boundary. Guide and ward us as we walk the elder ways. Deities, accept our sacrifice! (an offering of scented oil is poured on the fire) All: Shining Ones, Accept our sacrifice!After all the offerings have been made, the druids recenter the company and lead an attunement to all the spirits that have been called, and a proper chant or hymn is sung to the three Kindred.Key OfferingsSenior Druid speaks, saying: Welcome to the Gods and Goddesses, the Mighty Dead and the Noble Sidhe!  To all of you who have gathered at our fire, we pray you join us in worshipping the patron of this holy rite here in our sacred grove. The druids now give the descriptive invocations of the patron powers of the rite.Turning toward the fire:Teutates, First ! Hear my words as they arise on the Fire! Hear my words as they resound in the Well! We ask your blessings be upon us Ever increasing As we raise our voices to you! We make offerings to the God of the Tribe Who is our common ancestor. He who guides us as Father. Lord Teutates, God of the Tribe! You who were first among us, You who guide our people, Come to our fire! Protector and progenitor of the People Builder and creator Loving father and First Ancestor Accept our sacrifice! Come to our Fire That we may do you honour And you may guide us Throughout our lives. Lord Teutates, accept our sacrifice! All: Teutates, accept our sacrifice!Main OfferingLord Teutates, we invite you to listen, as we tell of our accomplishments over the past year: Once scattered kernels, random strewn, Unfertilized, asleep, unkissed, Lethargic, lurking, latent bloom Columbus craved a catalyst. New generation, gumption aimed Its fertile minds and thirsting souls Have rooted grove, Three Cranes benamed. Its spate of growth this Bard extols. By Kindred sown, a seedling stand The budding beauty sprouted, surged. Assisted by the gardener's hand, Its roots grew deep, its branches merged. New fruit of labors just begun With common vision splices hearts; Enlightened minds may meld as one -- The whole is greater than its parts. With blood and sweat Cranes served with mirth; We honored Buffet, Saturn, Soul,  Toys, canned goods, banners, growth in girth The Gods screamed, "Grow into your role!" Lord Esus, consecrate Three Cranes, Electrify us to the core With fire inspire; with nurturing rains Suffuse us, drench us one year more. We are united in our kinship with the Ancestors, the Spirits of the Earth, and the Shining Ones and we are united in our service to all who likewise seek to honor the Kindreds. We celebrate our diversity, as Our Druidry embraces the traditions of many ancient Indo-European peoples....to bring renewed commitment to our community, to its leaders, its fellowships, its members worshipping as individuals, and the many other people who are our brothers and sisters.Senior Druid reads from the list of names of ADF clergy, while Bard pours spring water at the base of the Tree for each:These are the clergy of Ar nDraiocht Fein... share your good will for them as I read their names... Kindreds, purify the hearts of those who would lead us in worship, Nourish and refresh them on their way.Seer reads from the list of Groves and Protogroves while Bard pours spring water at the base of the Tree for each ... then says:These are the Groves and Protogroves of Ar nDraiocht Fein...share your good will for them as you read their names and the many communities they serve. Kindreds, as the fellowships of Our Druidry are many, Let your children the Four Winds embrace and strengthen them all!Seer speaks, while Senior Druid decorates the Tree with ribbons:We do not neglect those in our community who honor the Kindreds as individuals and as families: May the Kindreds dance with each of our folk, Give them strength and delight in their path. Grant strength of purpose to those on the old paths And bring them joy whenever they may meet.Seer: And we above all proclaim our fellowship with all who honor the Kindreds, whatever their path. Senior Druid: Teutates! In whose name we gather! By these gifts, to you and Proclaim the strength of all our Fellowship To all the realms you bless with tidings of the season! So may it be!Praise Offerings:Senior Druid asks for Praise OfferingsFinal Sacrifice and OmenThe druids prepare the final offerings and say:So we have given of our love and our wealth To the Powers, that they may know our intentions. Now let our voices arise on the Fire Let our voices sound in the Well Let our words pass the boundary to the Otherworlds. Tuetates, We give you our love Our respect, and our devotion as we pray you... Teutates, accept our sacrifice! All: Teutates, accept our sacrifice!All are led to send their energy through the gates to the powers, meditating on the deities and the nobles. Piacular Offeringan offering of incense, oil and silverFather Teutates, Gods and Goddesses, Holy Ancestors, Spirits of this place: If anything that we have done here has offended you, If anything we have done here has been incomplete, If anything we have done here has not been in the proper manner, Accept this final offering in recompense.Then Senior Druid speaks:Having sacrificed to the Powers Let us open to them Asking what blessings they offer us in return And the needs they have of us. 1. Have our sacrifices been accepted? 2. What do the Gods offer us in return? 3. What further needs to the Gods have of us?Omen is taken as usual. The seer then interprets the omen, leading the company to contemplate the things they would ask of the powers, especially as suggested by the omen. Company re-centers in preparation for the blessing.The BlessingA: The litany of the waters:Senior Druid speaks:Ancient and Mighty Ones we have honored you We pray you honor us in turn For a gift calls for a gift Hear your children: Shining Ones, give us the Waters! All: Shining Ones, give us the Waters!B: Hallowing the waters:Ale is poured into the horns and elevated. Senior Druid speaks: We draw blessing from the Cauldron of Blessing We pour the Mead of Inspiration Behold the holy Cup of Magic The outpouring of Blessing from the Great Ones When we share the draught of the Gods We drink in wisdom, love and strength To do as we will in the worlds In service to the Shining Ones. Hear us Teutates: Hallow these waters! Behold the Waters of Life! All: Behold the Waters of Life!The horns are passed and all drink as a proper hymn ("Pour the Waters") is sung.The circle is brought back together, and all are re-grounded and centered.ClosingWhen all is done, the druids lead a resettling, then begin to close the grove, saying:The Great Ones have blessed us With joy in our hearts Let us carry the magic from our sacred Grove Into our lives and our work. Each time we offer to the Powers They become stronger And more aware of our needs and our worship. So now as we prepare to depart Let us give thanks To all those who have aided us. O Teutates, We thank you! All: We thank you! O Gods and Goddesses of elder days, We thank you! All: We thank you! O Spirits of this land, We thank you! All: We thank you! O Ancestors, our Kindred, We thank you! All: We thank you! To all those Powers that have aided us, we say again... We thank you! All: We thank you!Druids renew the company's centering once more, signaling the return to common awareness and ease of access to the centered state. Then any unused offerings, return flow, incense, water etc. is given to the earth, saying:Mother of all To you we return all we leave unused Uphold us now in the world as you have in our rite. We thank you! All: We thank you!The druids go to the center. They speak:O Janus, warder of the ways For your presence and power Your guiding and guarding we say... We thank you! We thank you! All: We thank you!Druid makes the closing sign over the hallows with the wand, saying:Now by Janus, Keeper of Gates, and by our magic We end what we began. Now let the Fire be flame Let the Well be water Let the Tree be only wood Let all be as it was before Let the Gates be closed! All: Let the Gates be closed! Go now, Children of the Earth In peace and blessings The rite is ended! The bard leads a proper chant as the company processes out of the Grove ("Walk with Wisdom").
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(As performed by Stone Creed Grove, ADF.)Anyone wishing to take some of the waters of life with them after the rite is reminded to bring a small container.nPreliminary Meditation: One of the priest/esses will lead a simple Two Powers attunement to prepare us for the work.Bardic calling: The bard will extemporize a simple preliminary invocation the begin the processional chant, and the drums will start. The processional chant will be a classic solstice chant:We are one with the infinite sun Forever and ever and ever.The company will line up behind the sacrificer who will lead the folk into the ritual area with drummers beating a lively beat from the back following the bard. The priest will bring up the rear. The people will enter the area and continue to sing until the bard signals to stop.The priest will enter while saying: We have come here to stand as one to honor the Gods and to work the work of building the spirit of Our Druidry.An offering of corn or flour is made onto the ground saying: Goddesses of the land, Mothers of Tribes, holy queens, bless this work and we, your children.Firetender lights the fire in the fire altar and the sacrificer gives oil to the fire while the priest says: The sun shines like fire while we welcome the flame and honor the fire Gods of our peoples accept this sacrifice and gice us fire to cook and to warm.The sacrificer will pour a sacrifice upon the ground while someone speaks: Warm yourselves in the summer light, Goddesses of the lands of our peoples, we honor you and ask that your steadfast strength nurture the roots of our people and tribes to support us as we grow for our work is sacred.Someone speaks: Land: Sacred is this land to us, sacred is all land to us, it is the world which we walk. We are supported and sustained by the land, valleys, fields , hills, spires of peaks, depths of forest down to the shores holding before the waves.Someone speaks: Sea: Waves of the Sea, touches of the other-world endlessly dancing to rise and recede at our shores. Across the waves, the ancestors rest and the sea gives and claims as it will, all the while pushed by the breath of the skies.Someone speaks: Sky: Skies above, the very world of the Gods of our people, with shining eye, sweeping winds and blessings raining down. The secrets of lives written in mysteries of star and cloud.All: Firetender:From the center to the edge Fire be a lightFrom the center to the edge alight the worldFrom the center to the edge world changing fire All: Sacrificer:From the center to the edge well be a gateFrom the center to the edge gate of blessingsFrom the center to the edge blessings from a well All: Priest:From the center to the edge Tree standing steadfastFrom the center to the edge steadfast between worldsFrom the center to the edge worlds upon the treeSacrificer makes a border offering at the gates while a warrior says: Champions of the Gods, Warders of the Boundaries, with this sacrifice freely given, we ask protection for our folk in this place, in our homes and in our lives.The sacrificer makes a border offering to the south while a warrior says: Let that which has no part of us remain beyond and trouble us not.The sacrificer makes a sacrifice into the cauldron, then he raises his hand to mark a spiral in the air at the center of the rite and says: Gate keepers of the Gods, we ask that you open the gates and give unhindered passage to all who come in peace. May the gates among the worlds be opened.The Sacrificer throws an offering of herbs and stones to the 8 directions, saying: Kindreds of Spirits, with whom we share the worlds, we offer you this gift, with our thanks for sharing this land with us.The sacrificer pours an offering of honey into the cauldron as the bard says: Ancestors of blood and of spirit, wise ones of old times, we give you a gift and invite you to our celebration.The sacrificer pours an offering of oil into the fire while the priest says: Gods, Goddesses, shining ones of our people we honor you today in this place and across our lands. Receive this gift freely given as you receive our worship.Priest: Let the peoples be named that all may be known to be part of the folk.The Groves are named (without reading the numbers) as many sacrifices of oil are poured into the fire:1.Stone Creed Grove (9/1/90)2.Cedar Light Grove (1/1/91)3.Muin Mound Grove (7/2/91)4.Green Man Grove (9/1/91)5.Mugwort Grove (3/1/92)6.World Tree Grove (7/1/92)7.Sassafras Grove (10/1/92)8.Grove of the Sacred Crows (7/1/94)9.Shining Lakes Grove (7/1/94)10.Wild Onion Grove (12/1/95)11.Red Oak Grove (6/21/97)12.Little Acorn Grove (7/1/97)13.Triskele River Grove (12/1/97)14.Willow Marsh PG (1/1/98)15.Peachtree Grove (7/30/98)16.Grove of the Midnight Sun (9/1/98)17.Hearth Fire Grove (10/1/98)18.The 6th Night Grove (12/1/98)19.Song of the Hounds PG (2/12/99)20.Red Maple PG (2/13/99)21.Dogwood PG (2/28/99)22.Druid Heart Spirited PG (3/5/99)23.Stoned Ground Round PG (4/24/99)24.White Birch PG (4/24/99)25.Cascade Dragonsong PG (4/28/99)26.Rose Triskele PG (4/28/99)27.River of Fire PG (4/28/99)28.Loch Shea Meara PG (4/29/99)29.Three Songs PG (7/16/99)30.Twin Dragons PG (11/24/99)31.PG of the Raven of Four Winds (12/6/99)32.Sun Raven Grove (12/7/99)33.Stone Glen PG (12/9/99)34.Tear of the Cloud PG (12/9/99)35.River of Night PG (2/25/00)36.Black Dirt PG (2/27/00)37.Third Coast PG (3/7/00)38.Earth Song Grove (5/10/00)39.Druid’s Healing PG (5/30/00)40.Nemos Ognios PG (6/5/00)41.Fieldstone PG (8/13/00)42.Gooseberry PG (9/2/00)43.Sonora Sunrise PG (9/12/00)44.Ravens Mist PG (10/21/0045.Raven’s Cry Grove (11/2/00)46.PG of the Ancient Path (2/15/01)47.Rising Hawk PG (2/28/01)48.Awen Wyrd PG (3/28/01)49.Thistle Dew PG (3/28/01)Priest says: In every place where Our Druidry gathers, whether in Grove or hearth, let there be wisdom and vision and piety. Let there be strength and honor and courage. let there be hospitality, and diligence and sensual delight. Let the ancient wisdom be renewed in our hearts and in our work, that the Old Ways be made new in our lives and in our world. So be it!Sacrificer addresses the people: Are there any individual sacrifices?This time is for the sacrifice of tangible items to fire or well and the sacrifices may be made by the individual or handed to the sacrificer to perform.A final offering of oil, ale and bread is prepared, and offered as the Priest says: In all these gifts, Mighty, Noble and Shining Ones, we offer you our sacrifices. Now let our voices arise on the fire, let our voices resound in the well, let our call pass the boundary to the ears of the Spirits. Holy Ones, accept our sacrifices!Divination by PriestThe bowl containing the waters will be held up by the sacrificer while the priest says: Lapping upon the shores, flowing across the land and falling from the skies are the many waters bringing life and sustenance. May we share these sacred waters as one folk.The cupbearers bring the waters around to the people present and pour some in each cup.All cups are raised and the Priest says: Behold the waters of life.All respond: Behold the waters of life.Some water is then scattered to the outer areas to symbolize the inclusion of those not physically present in the rite.Priest addresses all with statement of continuity.Sacrificer: Spirits of the land, for sharing this place with us, we thank you.All: We thank youBard: Ancestors of blood and spirit for our lives for you aid we thank you.All: We thank you.Priest: Goddesses and Gods of our people, Shining ones of elder days for your aid and attendance we thank you.All: We thank you.Sacrificer: Keepers of the hidden ways among the worlds we thank you.All: We thank you.Warrior: Champions who insure the protection of the folk, for your strong hand and firm standing we thank you.All: We thank you.The same person who called the Land Goddesses: Goddesses of the living lands of our peoples for your support and constant strength we thank you.All: We thank you.Firetender: Fire Gods of our people we ask that you remain in our hearths and in our hearts to warm , our heads to inspire and our hands that we may perform our work. For your warmth and light we thank you.All: We thank you.Bard: extemporizes thanks to Bardic Deities: We thank you.All: We thank you.Priest: May the Gods bless our people and our peoples. This rite is ended.
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(Written by Rev. Skip Ellison, revised by Bardd Dafydd)1. Musical Signal(To establish the beginning.)2. Earth Mother(Pour a bottle of pure Spring Water into the Cauldron.)Oh Earth Mother, you are our foundation, our roots. Without you this ritual would not be able to occur. We ask that you support us in our work as an organization and that you support our peoples and our tribes.3. Bardic CallingWe call upon the bards of old. May the remembrance of their tales, poems and songs fill us with inspiration for this work.4. Statement of PurposeWe are here today to ask the Blessings of the Kindred upon this gathering (you could name the event or Festival here if you want) and all those who have joined us here, and also upon all the Groves and Protogroves and Solitary Members of Ar nDraiocht Fein.5. Gate Keeper Calling(Offer Silver to the Cauldron.)We call now upon all the gatekeepers of our tribes. Cernunnos, Manannan, Hermes, Mercury, Heimdal and all others who keep the ways for us. We ask that you aid us now in our work by lending your might to mine to open the gates and ward the ways between for us.6. Outsiders Offering(Pour Ale into a glass and take it outside the Circle.)Outsiders, we know that you are still here and around us on a daily basis. We ask that you accept this offering of ale and trouble not our work. 7. Kindred Offerings(All Sacrifices are made to the Unity Cauldron.)Nature Spirits(Pour a large bottle of pure Spring Water into the Cauldron.)Nature Spirits, we ask that you join us in our ritual today and aid us in our working to bring ADF strength and to strengthen our bonds to the Earth and all the creatures that inhabit the Earth. Nature Spirits, we call upon all who live under the Earth, swim and walk upon the Earth and who fly above the Earth, join us in our work today.Ancestors(Pour a small amount of whisky or ale into the Cauldron.)We are here in remembrance today. We remember your aid to us in all of our past work and ask that you aid us again today as we strive to make our organization grow and prosper.Shining Ones(Add some Holy Water from the local Grove into the Cauldron.)Shining Ones, you of all of our tribes, we call upon all of you to witness this ritual. And to aid us in our work to make our organization grow strong and prosper.8. Main Sacrifice(Pour the collected ADF Unity Water into the Cauldron.)Our organization grows stronger every day. We are here today, doing this work, to allow all members to grow closer and to make our organization stronger. Nature Spirits, Ancestors, Shining Ones, these offerings are for you. We ask that you help make ADF grow strong, grow together and prosper. So be it! If anyone has brought holy water or their local water to this rite, you may offer it now to be mixed and united with the waters of all the Groves.9. Divination(The Seer takes an Omen and announces it to the Folk.)10. Return Flow(Sprinkled onto the people, poured into jars and bottles, etc.)These are the active Groves and Protogroves of Ar nDraiocht Fein in order from the oldest to the youngest:(Read Grove List)We ask the Kindred to Bless each of these Groves and Protogroves and all the Solitaries of Ar nDraiocht Fein and to bind them in a spirit of Unity and cooperation that we may better serve our Gods.11. Thanking the KindredsShining OnesShining ones, you of all our tribes, we thank you for aiding us in our rite to strengthen our organization and to make it prosper.AncestorsAncestors, we thank you for aiding us in our rite to strengthen our organization and to make it prosper.Nature SpiritsNature Spirits, we thank you for aiding us in our rite to strengthen our organization and to make it prosper.12. Thanking the Gatekeepers and Closing the GatesOne last time today we call upon all of the gatekeepers of our tribes. Cernunnos, Manannan, Hermes, Mercury, Heimdal and all others who keep the ways for us. We ask that you aid us now in our work by lending your might to mine to close the gates.13. Thanking the BardsWe give thanks to all of the Bards of Old that have helped us today in our work. Your words have given us the inspiration needed to make this ritual strong.14. Thanking the Earth MotherEarth Mother, we thank you again for the support that you given to us and pledge to always honor and respect you.15. Announcement of Continuity and EndThis ritual was begun at Wellspring in the year 2001 and will continue on all the High Days. So be it! The ritual is ended.
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