Sacrifice to Zeus Epoptes

This is from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist.

This is the ritual that I’m posting for sacrifices to Zeus Epoptes. Enjoy and have a good one.

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 Zeus know that your here by saying, “Zeus, hear me.” Then you list his titles and any offerings that you have given him. Also let him know why your here, which is to celebrate him as a savior.

5) Do a invocation to Zeus.

I call to great Zeus, father of the deathless gods, ruler of bright Olympos, master of storms, child of  mighty Kronos and deep-hearted Rhea, consort of blessed Hera of the splendid eyes. Ancient Zeus, honored in Crete so long ago and well known in high-reaching Arcadia, all-knowing Zeus of Dodona and Didyma whose wisdom was granted to seekers of old, Zeus of the broad sky, Zeus of the marketplace, Zeus of the householder, Zeus of the city. Protector of the just, avenger of the wronged, friend of the stranger and of the traveler, friend of the guest and the generous host. Zeus whose eye is ever on the world, whose hand is ever in our lives, great Zeus, I call to you.

6) Do a Prayer to Zeus.

Mighty Zeus, Father Zeus, friend of the traveler, friend of the stranger, friend of the householder.

Wielder of lightening, driver of storms, master of the hard-flung rains that bring life to the earth.

Oh brothers three the youngest, your father’s might you overthrew with cunning wit, his throne you took, his world you made your own.

Kindly Zeus, watchful Zeus, your wrath falls on the oathbreaker, the wrongdoer, the one without honor who preys on his fellows; likewise,k your blessings are on the one who does right, whose word is good, whose hand is open, whose welcome is warm, whose integrity is a certainty.

Great Zeus, father of gods, lord of fair Olympos, wise one, contriving one, maintainer of order, from the deep earth you rose, in the bright sky you reign.

Zeus of many names, friend of the Fates, I praise you!

7) Do a hymn to Zeus

I shall sing of Zeus, the best and greatest of the gods, Far-glancer, King Fulfiller, who holdeth frequent Converse with Themis as she reclineth on her seat.

8) Oh mighty Zeus, you who are the overseer who oversees the dead as Zeus Epoptes, I ask that you look favorably on us and on the libations, incense, and food that we are offering. Continue to watch over us and protect us, even after we are dead and gone.”

9) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, to you Zeus. You who dispense justice.”

10) Pour libations to Zeus. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

11) Pray to him.

12) 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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