Libation to Hermes

Libation to Hermes
Priest:
“Koimeson stoma!”
Priestess:
“Silence your lips!”
Priest:
“Daughter of Gaia, Venerable Guardian of the Unwearying Flame,
The ministers of the sacred rites are Thine, mystics much blessed and holy. The Gods have fixed their dwelling place in Thee. Strong, Stable basis of the mortal race,
Many-Formed, eternal, laughing, blessed, Lovely Queen, ever Scarlet One,
Accept these rites, accord to each of us just desires, gentle health, and needful goodness.”
(from Orphic Hymn to Hestia)
[Priest pours libation to Hestia]
Priest:
“Hear us on this day, great Hermes.”
Everyone:
“Hear us”
Priest:
“Hear us, Hermes, messenger of Zeus, son of Maia;
almighty is your heart, O lord of the deceased and judge of contests;
gentle and clever, O Slayer of Argus, you are a guide
whose sandals fly, and a man-loving prophet to mortals.
You are vigorous and you delight in exercise and in deceit;
interpreter of all, you are a profiteer who frees us of cares
and who holds in his hands the blameless tool of peace.
Lord of Koykos, blessed, helpful and skilled in words,
you assist in work, you are a friend of mortals in need,
and you wield the dreaded and respected weapon of speech.
Hear our prayer and grant us a good end to a life
of industry, gracious talk, and mindfulness”
(from the Orphic Hymn to Hermes, trans. by Athanassakis, altered slightly)
Everyone:
“Hermes, we sing your praises”
Priest:
“May our libations today reach your lips”
Priest (with everyone alternately pouring):
A libation in your honor, Hermes Euskopos, “keen-sighted and watchful”
Everyone:
”Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Eriounês, “luck-bringing”
Everyone:
”Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Kharidôtês, “giver of joy”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Erikydês, “glorious and famous”
Everyone:
”Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Psychopompos, “guide and conductor of the dead”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Logios, “of speech”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Kharmophrôn, “glad-hearted”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Diaktoros, “guide, messenger”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
A libation in your honor, Hermes Dais Hetairos, “comrade of the feast”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priest:
And finally, a libation in your honor, Hermes Polytropos, “the well-traveled”
Everyone:
“Hermes, we honor you”
Priestess:
“We praise you, bright Hermes, clever son of great Zeus.
On the day you were born was your craftiness known,
you whose cattle-theft angered brother Apollo,
whose quick words appeased him, whose lyre-gift made him friend.
Bringer of luck, good fortune ever follows you,
who is so dear to merchant and gambler alike.
Friend of travelers, you watch us on our journeys,
honored Hermes, and see us safely home once more,
fleet-footed one whose agile wit may accomplish
what strength and wisdom cannot. God of the crossroads,
guide of the dead, messenger of the blessed gods,
Hermes so swift and sure, we praise and honor you.”
(From “To Hermes”, by Hearthstone, altered slightly)
[Any personal devotions, requests, stories, poetry or songs are made/read at this time.]
Priest:
“And finally, a libation in honor of Hestia, who always comes first and last. Praise Hestia!”
Everyone:
“Hestia, we honor you. You are always first and last!”
Priestess:
“And Hail, Hermes, messenger of the Deathless ones, protector of both tradesmen and travelers, as well as thieves and gamblers! Grant us your blessings, and we shall assemble in your honor again.”

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