Sacrifices to Apollon Apotropaios, Apollon Nymphegetes, and the Nymphai

This ritual is for Apollo is his two positions, based on the titles that the ancient Greeks gave him and the Nymphs. I hope that this ritual helps in some way and that you enjoy it.  I get all my stuff from both a Hellenic prayer book and ‘In Praise of Olympus: Prayers to the Greek Gods’ by Hearthstone.

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 Apollo know that your here by saying, “Apollo, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here. Say his titles, which is Apotropaios (averter) and Nymphegetes (leader of the Nymphs) , and then tell him which offerings, if any, that you’ve made to him. Also let him know of any thing that he’s done for you. It’s a kind reminder that you still remember what he’s granted you and what you’ve offered to him in the past. Now tell him what you intend to give to him and make sure that you have the offerings there.

5) I call to Apollo, radiant and beautiful god, son of fair Leto and lightning wielding Zeus, brother of swift-footed, true shooting Artemis.

In ancient Delphi you lent your wisdom to all, in Delos and in far-off shrines your words did sound; across the land, in all the provinces, Phoebus, were temples raised in your name, did men and women gather in your honor, wreathed in sweet flowers, words of prayer upon their lips.

Many lovers were yours, bright Apollo, and many noble sons and daughters; father of kind Asklepos, your healing hand can cease the most poisonous of plagues. Apollo, we see you in beauty–in art and in song, in the perfection of numbers, in the words of poets, in the drive towards truth.

Apollo, I call to you.

6) Shining Apollo, bright-haired son of Zeus, strong of arm and flawless of form, of all the gods none are your equal in beauty or grace.

Apollo, of Leto were you born on well-favored Delos; in Athens and in Sparta and in all the lands were you honored.

To you did men and women offer prayers for health and healing in days of old; to you did the poets call for inspiration, O leader of the lovely Muses.

Apollo, driver of all ills and evil from the land, in Delphi were you served by the faithful Pythia, with whom you shared your prophecies.

Apollo, never has your glory been forgotten; throughout the centuries have artists turned to you for light and vision.

Great god, I praise you and your gifts.

7) Phoebus, of you even the swan sings with clear voice to the beating of his wings, as he alights upon the bank by the eddying river Peneus; and of you the sweet tongued minstrel, holding his high-pitched lyre, always sings both first and last.

And so hail to you, lord! I seek your favor with my song.

8) Let the Nymphs know that your here by saying, “Nymphs, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting them know that your here. The Nymphs have no titles, but if they have done anything for you then let them know that you still remember. Make sure that you have the offerings ready.

9) Say a prayer to the Nymphs.

“I praise the lovely nymphs, maids ever fair who dance and play, friends of the beasts, companions of the gods, in all the wild world we see you, see your might in the work of the wind, hear your voice in sweet birdsong.

Blessed ones, in the wilderness you make your home; each tree, each stone, each winding river, in all of these we find you.

The field of flowers, gaudy, rich with scent; the free-growing forest, artful yet unwrought; the shady grove famed by arching oaks; the moss that clings to stump and stone, all these you touch, all these you shape with skillful hand and artist’s eye.

Lovely ones, gracious ones whose gifts are well-sought, I honor you.

10) Offering Incense, saying, “I offer this incense, as I’ve done before, in the name of Apollon as his role of Averter and leader of the Nymphs. I also offer this incense to the Nymphai. On this, their feast day (mention anything that they have done for you).

11) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, as I’ve done before in the name of Apollon as his role of Averter and leader of the Nymphs. I also offer this food as a sacrifice to the Nymphai. On this, their feast day (as before, mention anything that they have done. If not, just do a small prayer)

12) Pour libations to the Apollon and the Nymphs. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

13) Pray to Apollon and the Nymphs.

14) 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.