Olympia

This is the ritual to celebrate Olympia. This is, of course, of my own design and not all people will do it this way. I hope that this helps those out there and maybe create your own ritual.

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) Tell Zeus that your here. Say, “Zeus, hear me.” Then mention any titles that are connected to this day. Let him know why your here, which is to offer sacrifice.

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) Hymn to Zeus

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

Be gracious, Oh Far-glancing Son of Kronos, most glorious and most mighty!

7) 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, 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!

8) Pour Libation in his honor, saying, “Oh great Zeus, I give this libation in your honor. On this the day that we would of come together on Olympus.”

9) Burn incense, saying, “Oh great Zeus, I give this incense to you in your honor. On this day that we would of come together on Olympus.”

10) Give food offering, saying, “Oh great Zeus, I give this food offering as a sacrifice to you. You who have given us order, you who dispenses justice on both man and gods.”

11) Pray to Zeus.

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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