(A part of my “little ritual” series. Materials from, and adapted from ADF, the Carmia Gadelica, and other sources.) For this ritual, bring bread and flowers in addition to the usual “little ritual” supplies.
*(Edited to note: I wrote this ritual when I was a Celtic Reconstructionist and scheduled it for this later date. For info on how to convert this ritual to an ADF format, see the “little rituals” article highlighted above.)
Circumambulation (Circle ritual area three times. Skip this if ritual is in your own back yard.)
“I am here to keep the old ways and honor the Kindred
at the time of Lughnasadh.”
Three Realms Blessing
“As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be —
I stand at the Center of Earth, Sky and Sea.”
“I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power.” (light fire)
“Sacred fire, burn within me.”
Hail to the Spirits
“Hail, Earth Mother, whole and holy, honor unto thee!”
(touch the earth, give offering)
“I offer now as the ancients did to the Kindreds Three!”
“To the Fair Folk, I give offering and welcome.” (place offering in bowl or fire)
“To the Ancestors, I give offering and welcome.” (place offering in bowl or fire)
“To my Deities, I give offering and welcome.” (place offering in bowl or fire)
“Lugh and Tailtiu, I honor you on this day.” (place offering in bowl or fire)
Bread Blessing Holding up bread, say:
“O Lady of the Harvest, Lord of the Grain,
Bounteous Mother and Father,
for the nourishment you have given, I am thankful.
I honor the spirit of the grain.
I honor the spirit of the sun and wind and rain
which have gone into the grain.
May the Spirits of Life live within me.”
Eat some of the bread and offer some to the Spirits.
“Ancient Ones, a Child of the Earth calls out for your blessing.
Hallow these waters, O holy powers.
Grant me the blessing I seek.
May the Wisdom, Love and Power
of the Deities, Ancestors and Sidhe flow into this Cup of Blessing.”
(Hold cup out with both hands and feel the energy flow into the cup.)
“This cup now holds the waters of life!
I drink this in the name of the Kindred.” (drink deeply)
“May these waters I have received
flow through my body and through my spirit,
and may they pour out into the rest of my life.”
Farewell to Summer
“Summer lingers here but soon will fade.
The shortening days will be felt by
the Earth and Her children in crisp air and turning leaves.
And so I bid my farewells to summer…”
Toss flowers, one by one, into the water
and watch them float downstream and out of sight.
If desired, for each flower you may name an aspect of summer and say “Farewell _____.”
“Farewell to the Season of Beltane”- from the Celtic Devotional by Caitlin Matthews (p.71),
or “Nothing Golden Stays” (original vesion) by Robert Frost:
“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
In autumn she achieves
A still more golden blaze
But nothing golden stays.”
“I offer my thanks to the Mother of All.
I offer my thanks to the Deities, Ancestors and Fair-Folk.
May the Three Sacred Kins bring joy to all beings,
and renew the ancient wisdom.
As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be.”