Summer Solstice Rite to Helios and Apollon

Gather at meeting place
Process to Ritual Area- Priestess carries Barley to altar
Prior to entering Ritual Area all will wait to be cleansed with Khernips (Lustral Water)- and Sage. . Khernips– usually spring water used to wash hands of participants before entering ritual space to ensure cleanliness of participants and also to honor the Gods by cleansing the self for Them.

Priestesses will then cleanse each participant and state:

“May You enter in Reverence and Love” (Sager)

“…and know that You are Blessed by Apollon, and the Sacred Gods of Olympus.” (Khernips cleanser)

Participants will enter and proceed to go around the altar in a counterclockwise motion (this is they way in Ancient Greek custom)- enter in the East, then proceed to the North, West, and South.

Purification of space:

Priestess stands at the altar and states with arms raised and open to the sky:

(Let all that is profane depart from here!)

F. Announcement of Purpose:

Priestess states:

(We are here to honor the Gods and Goddesses!)

G. Cleansing of Altar, Enter into Rite and First Libation to Hestia

Priestess brings a bowl of barley around to each participant and let each take from the bowl a handful of grain. She tells the participants to hold it ready to throw at the altar.

“Barley is sacred, as a grain from our Mother.

In Greece She is Demeter,

the Mother of the Goddess of Spring, The Beautiful Persephone.

They are the ever renewing source, and as such,

The grain They give holds much cleansing power.

Throw the barley on the count of three,

And visualize the grains averting all that may harm, or interfere

With this sacred rite.”

Priestess counts to three.

Barley will then be thrown by each participant at the same time at the altar to cleanse it, and officially begin the rite, this also is intended to create a community within the context of worship.

Priestess states:

“The altar is purified

by our communal intent

of goodness and love,

and is now ready for the God’s presence.”

Priestess states:

“In Ancient Greece, people mixed water and wine to represent the two liquids given by the Gods which sustain our hearts and bodies. Wine for medicinal and stress relief purposes, and water for healing and cleansing.”

Priestess mixes water and wine by pouring both into offering bowl, in equal parts water and wine.

Priestess states while mixing:

(Behold the Waters of Life!)

Priestess fills cup and pours mixture on ground, saying,

“Hestia, thine is always the first and the last.”

Priestess then offers the cup to be passed around, taking a sip in offering to Hestia, or taking the cup to their lips and pouring a libation on the Earth.

H. Invokation and Evokation of Deities:

Priestess lights coal to Hestia.

Priestess invokes Hestia:

“Great Goddess Hestia!

Olympian Goddess of the Hearth!

In times of Old,

Your Sacred Flame was kept

Ever-burning in homes and ever-tended

In the Temple of Apollon at Pytho.

We looked to You for purification of our food,

and protection of our homes!

In Honor of Ancient Tradition,

We rekindle Your Sacred Flame,

On this the longest day of the year!

We invoke you and Thank You!

Hail Hestia! Be Welcome Here!”

(Priestess offers Frankincense resin to the lit coal- fire of Hestia)

Priestess states:

“We are here to honor two Deities

integral to the season of summer;

Helios and Apollo:

Helios is the God of the Sun. He is a Titan, and the Sun itself. He brings us light and changing seasons. He helps us enjoy our food by giving freely of His light. He gives us repose from winter, isolation, and darkness.”

Priestess Invokes Helios:

“Helios, Glorious Titan who wields the light of day!

Brother of Selene, the Moon, and Eos, the Dawn,

We call to you as in times past, and ask You humbly for Your Presence!

You who rides a Golden Chariot,

who also yields to Nyx, the Deathless Goddess of Night:

You allow for cycles of life to continue!

We thank you and offer our love! Be with us and within us!”

Priestess fills cup and pours mixture on ground, saying

“Hail Helios! Be Welcome Here!”

Priestess then offers the cup to be passed around, taking a sip in offering to Hestia, or taking the cup to their lips and pouring a libation on the Earth.

(Priestess offers more incense on coal in honor of Helios)

Priestess states:

“We are also here to honor Apollo, Ancient Olympian God of the Sun, Healing Music and Prophecy.

He was revered for truth and virtue, exemplifying all mankind strives for through his soul journey.

His priests and priestesses were known for their virtue and reverence.

As a God of Healing, He also ruled plague and was often prayed to for deliverance from suffering.

His traditional offering was laurel, or bay leaves.

He is a Sun God as well, and twin brother to Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon, and Hunt.

One of His duties is to drive the Chariot of Helios across the sky each morning, with His fiery, brightly leaping steeds.”

Priestess will invoke Apollo:

“Pheoubus Apollon, Shining God of the Sun!

We honor You today on the Summer Solstice,

a day of great power and strength!

We thank You for Your light!

You draw the chariot of the Sun across the azure morning sky,

helping mankind receive the light of the day!

Your light is so strong that in your presence there is no darkness,

and evils are far from your lustrous golden locks.

We thank You for bringing peace, and hope,

this day and each day the Sun rises.

Priestess fills cup and pours mixture on ground, saying

Hail Apollo! Be Welcome Here!”

Priestess then offers the cup to be passed around, taking a sip in offering to Hestia, or taking the cup to their lips and pouring a libation on the Earth.

(Priestess offers more incense on coal in honor of Apollon)

Priestess states:

“In Hellenic practice the sacrifice is the main part of the ritual. The sacrifice is important because it creates a working relationship of eternal balance between supplicant and Deity. To give back to the Gods for what They grace us with is pious and appreciated by Them. This also helps to have a closer affinity with the individual Deity. Polytheism is forged through the individual’s relationship of mutual respect to the Deities of the Pantheon they choose to honor. Sacrifice is also a statement of belief. When a supplicant is courageous enough to give something which holds meaning for them personally, to a Deity, it shows that Deity that the supplicant is devoted and believes in Them, and is in itself an act of love and devotion.”

Priestess cuts cake for later meal and puts aside an offering of cake for Deity.

(Accept and delight in my offerings!)

Priestess will offer more incense.

Priestess states:

“We are now going to light candles from the Sacred Flame of Hestia so we can each rekindle Her Flame in our homes and hearts.”

Priestess lights tea candle from Hestia candle, and gives her flame to first person. She asks that person to pass the new flame along to the group, each passing the flame from one to the next person.

“This sacred flame lives within each of us. It is our connection to the Divine, the Universal Spirit and Humanity. It is our duty to kindle our own sacred flames, and the flames of those around us, in community, education, and humility, so that each continuing generation may grow in spirit and awareness. To protect this flame is a reward in itself, and should be honored with creation, love, and giving to those in need. Let us not turn away those who are in need because of fear or stigma. Honor this with reverence and joy, and take this, the Sacred Flame of Hestia. May Her light purify, kindle and warm your spirits and homes.”

Priestess will state that the candles may be blown out and when re-lit will establish Hestia as a protective presence in the house. Priestess will also state that making continuous candle offerings to Hestia is recommended.

Priestess adds incense to the fire and states:

(Accept and Delight in our offerings!)

Priestess states:

“As Apollo is also the God of Prophecy, I have written some of the Delphic Maxims on tiny pieces of paper. I thought it would be nice to have a message from Him, and what you choose is what He would like you to work on for the next year. “

Priestess passes around container with maxims inside, letting each person choose one.

Priestess states:

“Now that the Gods have been honored we may all sit and eat, and enjoy cake and wine!”

Priestess cuts cake, and dips cups into mixture, giving out wine to group.

Ask about people’s summer experiences… memories etc.

After feast, Priestess stands at altar and states:

“The rite is ended, let us give thanks once more to the Gods who have graced us with their presence.”

Thanks to Helios:

We have been honored by You Helios through Your presence and light! Thank You Helios!”

Thanks to Apollo:

We have been honored by You, Apollon, through Your healing presence and prophecies! Your gifts are ever with us! We have enjoyed Your presence here and thank You!”

Thanks to Hestia:

Priestess fills cup and pours mixture on ground, saying,

(We thank You)

Hestia, thine is always the first and the last. We thank You for Your guidance and light. (So Be It!)”

Priestess then offers the cup to be passed around, taking a sip in offering to Hestia, or taking the cup to their lips and pouring a libation on the Earth.

It is done.


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