Sacrifices to Kronos

This is from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist.

This is the Sacrifices to Kronos. I hope that you enjoy them and that they help you out. I would like to note that since the Sacrifices to Kronos takes place during another festival it’s been added.

 

1) Purify the Altar area.

2) Take the barley and say, “As it was done in ancient times. I purify and cleanse this altar with this barley. With this barley I purify this altar and space so that I may give offerings, libations, and speak with glory and respect the gods of Mt. Olympus.”

3) Light a candle and say a hymn to Hestia.

Hestia, you who guard the sacred shrine of the Lord Apollon. The far-darter at goodly Pathos. With soft oil dripping ever from your locks. Come now to this house, come having one mind with Zeus the all wise-draw near, and with all bestow favor upon my song.”

Prayer to Hestia

Hestia, gracious goddess who sits at the heart of each home, who lives in the heart of each one who reveres you, each one who holds you dear, each one who turns to you for strength and harmony.

Hestia, goddess most needful, goddess most serene, goddess most esteemed, the heart of the city is yours as well, great goddess; within your realm are those who serve the state, who work for all the good of all–your blessings fall on the honest, goddess, your wrath on the corrupt, on those who betray their trust for gain. Defender of the householder, guardian of the hearthfire, Hestia, I praise and honor you.

4) Let Dionysus know that your here by saying, “Dionysus, Hear Me.” Then say his titles (Slayer of Men, Of Trees, Double Born, Of Two Mothers, and any other titles that you may know). Then tell him why your here, which for today’s ritual is to celebrate him as a god of freedom. Remind him of anything that he’s done for you and what offerings that you’ve given him.

5) Do an Invocation to Dionysus.

I call to Dionysos, great god of the vine, son of thundering Zeus and headstrong Semele, loving husband to warm-hearted Ariadne.

From the east you came, old before the ancients, throughout the elder world were you beloved; in Naxos and Boitia were you celebrated, in temples and in the savage wilderness, the fleet-footed maenads running in your wake.

The sweetest, strongest wine is ever you drink; the mind’s release, the body’s loosening, your gift.

O Dionysos; thyrsus-shaker, ivy-crowned god, we see you in the shadows, we see you on the edges, we see you in the haze of ecstasy, where we know the truth of passion, where we find the essence of our being.

Bacchus, I call to you!

6) Do a hymn to Dionysus.

I will tell of Dionysus, the son of glorious Semele, how he appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood: his rich, dark hair was waving about him, [5] and on his strong shoulders he wore a purple robe. Presently there came swiftly over the sparkling sea Tyrsenian1pirates on a well-decked ship —a miserable doom led them on. When they saw him they made signs to one another and sprang out quickly, and seizing him straightway [10] put him on board their ship exultingly; for they thought him the son of heaven-nurtured kings. They sought to bind him with rude bonds, but the bonds would not hold him, and the withes fell far away from his hands and feet: and he sat with a smile [15] in his dark eyes. Then the helmsman understood all and cried out at once to his fellows and said:

“Madmen! what god is this whom you have taken and bind, strong that he is? Not even the well-built ship can carry him. Surely this is either Zeus or Apollo who has the silver bow, [20] or Poseidon, for he looks not like mortal men but like the gods who dwell on Olympus. Come, then, let us set him free upon the dark shore at once: do not lay hands on him, lest he grow angry and stir up dangerous winds and heavy squalls.”

[25] So said he: but the master chid him with taunting words: “Madman, mark the wind and help hoist sail on the ship: catch all the sheets. As for this fellow we men will see to him: I reckon he is bound for Egypt or for Cyprus or to the Hyperboreans or further still. But in the end [30] he will speak out and tell us his friends and all his wealth and his brothers, now that providence has thrown him in our way.”

When he had said this, he had mast and sail hoisted on the ship, and the wind filled the sail and the crew hauled taut the sheets on either side. But soon strange things were seen among them. [35] First of all sweet, fragrant wine ran streaming throughout all the black ship and a heavenly smell arose, so that all the seamen were seized with amazement when they saw it. And all at once a vine spread out both ways along the top of the sail with many clusters hanging down from it, [40] and a dark ivy-plant twined about the mast, blossoming with flowers, and with rich berries growing on it; and all the thole-pins were covered with garlands. When the pirates saw all this, then at last they bade the helmsman to put the ship to land. But the god changed into a dreadful lion there on the ship, [45] in the bows, and roared loudly: amidships also he showed his wonders and created a shaggy bear which stood up ravening, while on the forepeak was the lion glaring fiercely with scowling brows. And so the sailors fled into the stern and crowded bemused about the right-minded helmsman, until suddenly the lion sprang upon the master [50] and seized him; and when the sailors saw it they leapt out overboard one and all into the bright sea, escaping from a miserable fate, and were changed into dolphins. But on the helmsman Dionysus had mercy and held him back and made him altogether happy, saying to him:

[55] “Take courage, good…; you have found favour with my heart. I am loud-crying Dionysus whom Cadmus’ daughter Semele bare of union with Zeus.”

Hail, child of fair-faced Semele! He who forgets you can in no wise order sweet song.

7) Do a prayer that’s dedicated to Dionysus.

Dionysos, deep-hearted one who knows the souls of men and women, whose hand is ever open, ever within reach.

Dionysos, god who runs in the dark, who sees with eyes shut tight, who dances to the heart’s strong beat, ever are you yourself, ever constant, ever changing god of those who are trapped, those who seek your truth in their own, those who seek vision beyond seeing, those who seek wisdom beyond knowledge, those who seek the self, pure and sweet, those who seek clarity beyond definition, who seek to embrace the uncertain, to hold, but loosely, to what is true beyond trust.

8) Pour Libation to Dionysus, saying, “With this Libation, I give you honor, Lord Dionysus. You, on this day, who gives us our freedom.”

9) Offer food to Dionysus, saying, “With this food, I give you honor, Lord Dionysus. You, on this day, who gives us our freedom.”

10) Burn incense to Dionysus, saying, “With this incense, I give you honor, Lord Dionysus. You, on this day, who gives us our freedom.”

11) Do a personal prayer to Dionysus.

12) Let Kronos know that your here. Say “Kronos, Here Me.” It’s not a command, but it tells him that your here. Since I haven’t found any titles for him, then just tell him why your here to honor him and what offerings, if any, that you have given him.

13) Skip the Invocation, there is none.

14) Skip hymns, there are none.

15) This is my prayer to Kronos.

“Hail, Kronos, father to the Olympians. You who defeated your father due to his evil. You who are the Lord of Time, you who measure all of our lives just as much as the Fates do. I pray to you and give you your due honor.”

16) Pour libation to Kronos, saying, “This is my libation to you.”

17) Place your food offering, saying, “Lord Kronos, this is my sacrifice to you.”

18) Burn incense, saying, “I burn this incense for you.”

19) Finish the ritual by doing a closing prayer to Hestia.

End the ritual by saying, “Hestia, goddess of home and hearth, to you I offer last of all as a pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love and guard the houses of the pious. As the gods will it, so it shall be.”

It is so!

Dump the entire container that you’ve poured your wine or grape juice into outside and then that ends it.

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