Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Lammas/Lughnasadh Ritual by Sue Perryman

Lammas/Lughnasadh Ritual by Sue Perryman
From the book The Art of Ritual


Written to be led by two High Priestesses noted as HPS1 and HPS2 but could be any member of the circle.

Needed: Note pad and enough pens or pencils for everyone present.
A cauldron on the altar, a loaf of homemade bread and a chalice or glass of juice, wine or water.
A besom, dried rose petals, smudging stick or incense and salt.

Ground and centre.

HPS 1 sweeps the circle, then casts the circle walking round it three times sprinkling dried rose petals and chanting:
I cast this circle, to keep us safe from harm, three times the circles cast about, three times is the charm.

HPS2 walks to the eastern quarter and turns to face it and says:
I call on the guardian of the East, element of air, you whose gentle breeze scatters the seeds that will grow into food to nourish us.
Join us if you will and watch over our Lammas rites.
We wish you Hail and Welcome.

HPS1 walks to the southern quarter and turns to face it and says:
I call on the guardian of the south, element of fire, you who are the sun that shines down and ripens our crops.
Join us if you will and watch over our Lammas rites.
We wish you Hail and Welcome.

HPS2 walks to the western quarter, turns to face it and says
Guardian of the west, element of water, you who nourish our crops so that they in turn grow and nourish us.
Join us if you will and watch over our Lammas rites.  
We wish you Hail and Welcome.

HPS1 walks to the northern quarter, turns to face it and says:
Guardian of the north, element of earth, you who are the very foundation that supports and grows our crops. Join us if you will and watch over our Lammas rites. 
We wish you Hail and Welcome.

HPS1 walks to altar, raises arms to the sky and says:
Lugh, Lord of the sun and of the harvest. Mother Earth, who's body brings forth fertility and life.
Join us if you will and watch over us during our Lammas rites.
We wish you Hail and Welcome.

HPS1 walks around the circle smudging everyone with incense or a smudge stick and HPSs follows sprinkling salt. (This could also be performed by two people from the circle chosen before hand)
Someone is asked to hand out the pens and sheets of paper to everyone in the circle.

HPS2: The wheel has turned once more and we are here to celebrate the festival of Lammas also known as Lughnasadh the feast of the Celtic sun god Lugh who was seen as the god of light, whose spirit was the life of the growing corn. It is the time of the first harvest the harvest of grains, it was especially important to our ancestors as everyone was expected to help with the work of bringing in the harvest before the autumn rains came and the harvest would make the difference between starvation and nourishment throughout the winter.

HPS1: Lammas is strongly linked to sacrifice, the sacrifice of Lugh who gives his life for the harvest and will be reborn again with next year’s new crops. It is also a time for personal sacrifice so I decided it would be a good idea for each one of us to sacrifice some of our time to helping someone or something in our communities. It could be by donating some food to your local food bank or even just spending a few minutes of your time to chat to an elderly neighbour  maybe even offer to do some shopping for them, there are lots of things that we could all do to help someone and I am sure you can all think of something however small  that might make a difference to someone in need. We will take a few minutes while you all have a think and write down on your paper what you propose to do. When you have done this fold your piece of paper up and come forward to place it in the cauldron. You have until Samhain to do this when the paper will be burnt. (Give everyone some time to do this maybe the HPS's could drum or start cutting up the loaf).

When everyone has finished the HPS's walk around the circle giving small pieces of bread and a drink of water/juice to each person saying ‘Blessed Be’.

HPS2:  Lugh, lord of the sun and Mother Earth our foundation, thank you for watching over us during our rites and for giving us this wonderful harvest.
Stay if you will, go if you must, we wish you Hail and Farewell.

HPS1 walks to the north and says:
Guardian of the north, element of earth, thank you for watching over us during our rites.
Stay if you will, go if you must, we wish you Hail and Farewell.

HPS2 walks to the west and says:
Guardian of the west, element of water, thank you for watching over us during our rites.
Stay if you will, go if you must, we wish you Hail and Farewell.

HPS1 walks to the South and says:
Guardian of the south, element of fire, thank you for watching over us during our rites.
Stay if you will, go if you must, we wish you Hail and Farewell.

HPS2 walks over to the East and says:
Guardian of the east, element of air, thank you for watching over us during our rites.
Stay if you will, go if you must, we wish you Hail and Farewell.

HPS1 walks widdershins round the circle, and then they both say:
The circle is open, but never broken.


Cake time…


Unity/Sue Perryman