Shining Lakes Grove Liturgists' Worksheet: Yule 2002

(Webmaster's note: This is the worksheet used by the folks running the ritual. Italics indicate an action, bold indicates the person performing the action (or a ritual prop, or a song title), and plain text is spoken during the ritual. The blanks ( _____________ ) indicate a ritual role which will be filled by a lucky volunteer chosen at the ritual. It could be you!)

Preparing ourselves for our time with the Gods and Spirits
Processional and Purification: Jude (incense), Michael (ochre), Kami (water)
The Wassail Song

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen

Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too,
And may all our Gods bless
you throughout the new year,
May the gods bless you through the year.

Bardic Invocation for our eloquence and inspiration: _____________________
Welcoming the Allies, the spirits of the people and their gods who lived in this land before us: ____________________________________________
Honoring our Mother Ana: ______________________
Ana Come Be With Us

Ana, come be with us,
May your blessings ever flow,
Ana, still and quiet,
Take our love beneath the snow.

Blessed Mother, Ancient and renewing
Blessed Mother, take our love below.

Unity chant:
We Are One With the Mother

We are one with the Mother,
We are one with the earth
We are one with each other
By our lives, by our birth.

Statement of purpose: Rod

Declaring Center and opening the Portals
Well, Fire, and Tree: Tree: Michael Fire: Jude Well: Kami
Portal Song

By Fire and by Water
Between the Earth and Sky
We stand like the Worldtree
Rooted deep, crowned high.

Come we now to the well....
...The eye and the mouth of Earth
...And silver we bring
...The waters of rebirth
...Together we sing:

We will kindle a fire
...Bless all and with harm to none
...And offerings pour
...A light 'neath the Moon and Sun
...Our spirits will soar.

Gather we at the tree
...The root and the crown of all
...Below and above,
...Together we make our call
...In wisdom and love.

Acknowledging the Outsiders - the forces of chaos and change: Jude
Invocation of Manannan mac Lir, our Lord of the Dead, to guide and protect us in the Otherworld:

Acknowledging and honoring our guests
Ancestors - our beloved dead: _______________
Nature Spirits - the spirits of the land and its creatures: Matt V.
Deities: Lugh, Bríd, and Aren (feel free to offer a silent welcome to your own gods): _______________
Archetypes - acknowledging the three societal functions within us: _______________
Deity of the Occasion: Danu and Bel (Rod)

Giving and Receiving
Passing the wreath - To direct praise and energy; to build a group offering
Group praise:
Danu's Wave of Power

Main sacrifice: offering the wreath
The River is Flowing

The River is flowing,
Flowing and growing,
The River is flowing,
Down to the sea.

Mother carry me, your child I will always be.
Mother carry me down to the sea.

Omen of return: runes Rod

Return blessing: tying ribbons to the tree

Cauldron Blessing: Newest mother

Welcoming new members, officers, and guild members, and bestowing other honors

Unwinding and closing
Now the Rite is At an End

And now the rite is at an end, again we're parting ways
May truth and honor be your friend and lucky be your days
I'll hold you dearly in my heart, I'll hold you in my mind
And though our branches grow apart, our roots shall be entwined.