Ancestors

Ancestors

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“Ancestor Chant”Lyrics:Old Ones Ancestors Source of our being Source of our people Source of all that we are and have: We offer to you. We praise you. We give you thanks.Music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qwM1yqUxX4by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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Use the standard opening ritual, up to the Calling of the Kindreds. Call only the Ancestors. Then continue, but after the praise offerings (which should all be offered to the ancestors), the following is said:It is said that the dead have a journey to make.It is said that the dead cross a river on their journey.It is said that the river becomes filled with their memories.It is said that the river is filled with their wisdom.It is said that the river comes to the surface as sacred springs.It is said that those who drink from those springsreceive the wisdom and the memories of the dead.A bowl of spring water is held up. Someone says:From the ground it comes,bubbling up with ancient knowledge.When we drink it,may we be filled with this knowledge.When we drink itmay we commune with the ancestors.When we drink itMay we meet with our beloved dead.The bowl is passed around for all to drink. When they have, someone lights a candle from the fire, and says:We light the way for our ancestors' return.May they come and feast with us.Process to where your feast will be, the carrier of the ancestor candle going first. At the feasting site, put a plate in front of the candle, and provide it with food. Later dispose of the food either at a cemetery or in water.Note that I have left who says what open. The section with the "It is said"s can be done by a number of people, with each person saying a different line. (This will make memorization easy.) The part with "When we drink it" can be said as a litany, with a priest saying "When we drink it" and the others responding (or the other way round).When the water is passed, it may be drunk from the common bowl, drunk from a dipped in hand, or drunk from a separate cup carried by each person, depending on grove practice.by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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The following chants are appropriate for the part of the ADF liturgy where we call to our ancestors and other honored dead.Mothers and Fathers of OldAncient and StrongBe With UsAncestor ChantListen to the VoicesBlood of the AncientsWell of MemoryIf you are an ADF member and know other chants for this part of the liturgy, please let us know about them!
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Look into the Well of Memory. Look into the Well of Time. Look into the Well of Ages. I am yours, you are mine. Listen to the ancient stories. Listen to the ancient songs. Listen to the ancient wisdom. I go on - you go on. Deep within our hearts are beating. Deep within our hearts we know. Our descendants will remember. Our love flows, your love flows.(Words and music by Diane Emerald Vaughn)[Audio Clip]
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It's the blood of the ancients, That runs through our veins. The forms change, But the circle of life remains. (Words and music by Charlie Murphy.)
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Listen to the voice of our ancestors. Listen to the voice of our ancestors. Calling out the messages between space and time, Telling us what we need to know in order to survive. Listen to the voice of our ancestors. Listen to the voice of our ancestors.(Words originally by Holly Near, modified by Phoenix)[Audio Clip] [Sheet Music]
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Be with us Here tonight In the light Of the fire's life, Ancestors.(Words by Phoenix.)[Audio Clip] [Sheet Music]
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Ancestors calling to me Power ancient and strong Elders, sage, wise ones be We have known you all along(Words by Phoenix.)[Audio Clip] [Sheet Music]
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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.(Words and music by Sable.)[Audio Clip]


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