Shining Lakes Grove Liturgists' Worksheet: Yule 2004

(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: ______________ (incense), _____________ (ochre), ____________(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:
Single Threads

Singlethreads entwined in weaving
Are our hearts and minds and souls
As the branches weave the forest
So our joining makes us whole.

Statement of purpose: Rod

Declaring Center and opening the Portals
Well, Fire, and Tree: Tree: __________________ Fire: _________________ Well: Vanessa

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

We stand at the border and watch the mist close in.
Waves rolling, rolling,
Where shore meets the ocean, where land meets sea and sky,
We call to you, Manannan,
Manannan, Manannan,
We welcome you as you one day will welcome us.

Acknowledging and honoring our guests
Ancestors - our beloved dead: _______________
Nature Spirits - the spirits of the land and its creatures: ________________
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
(also, swearing on the boar)
Group praise: decorating the tree / snowball fight / Danu's Wave of Power
Deck the Halls

Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide Carol,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

See the blazing yule before us,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide Treasure,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Main sacrifice: offering the wreath

Omen of return: runes Rod

Return blessing: ornaments

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.