Arrephoria

This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist. Enjoy.

This is my ritual for Arrephoria. I’m using the word that I got from the Baring the Aegis blogspot blog. So pardon if it’s not the correct word. This holiday honors Athena and so I’ll be using the Sacrifices to Athena as a layout, but adding a couple of new things.

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 Athena that your here. Say ‘Athena, Hear Me.’ This isn’t a command, but letting her know that your here. Mention any titles that she goes by and if you’ve given her any offerings, let her know and then tell her the purpose of you being here. This purpose is to end the period that Priestess give service to her.

5) Do a invocation to Athena.

I call to Athena, clear-eyed daughter of Zeus; from his head you burst forth, all in brilliant armor, a warrior from your first breath, born with all the skill, all the insight, all the guile of an old warlord.

In ancient times were you well honored, goddess; in every town your name was spoken with love and reverence; above all in Athens, that finest of cities, did you receive the greatest devotion.

Bold Athena whose favor falls on the brave and on the clever, who hones the wit of a scholar and quickens the nimble fingers of the artisan, who offers counsel reasoned and reflective, farsighted builder of cities who leads humanity towards concord and community, granter of the gift of civilization, I call to you.

6) Do a hymn to Athena

Of Pallas Athene, guardian of the city, I begin to sing. Dread is she, and with Ares she loves deeds of war, the sack of cities and the shouting of battle. It is she who saves the people as they go out to war and come back.

Hail, goddess, and give us good fortune with happiness!

7) Do a Prayer to Athena

Steel-eyed Athena, wisest of goddesses, daughter of thundering Zeus and Metis of good counsel, patron of  great heroes and adventurers, advisor of princes and kings, your favor falls on the bold and the clever, on those who dare and those who tempt the noble Fates.

Athena, weaver of the finest, fairest tapestries, teacher of art and craft to mortal artistans, worker of metals, your soft hands guide the flow of molten ore.

Leader of battles, warrior maid, of tactics and of strategy you know all, of clever trickery and wiles you are the master; with words and wit you may win much, with strength of arm and sharpened sword, at need, you take all contests.

Athena of wisdom, Athena of skills, goddess of the agile mind, for your works I praise you.

8) Talk about what this ritual is about, saying, “On this day the Priestess of Athena end their time. They have done service to the goddess. They have ensured the safety of our people and they have made the Goddess proud of them. May the new Priestess continue to be of service to her and may the Goddess Athena continue to bless us, guide us, and give us hope.”

9) Pour Libation to Athena, saying, “I give this libation to you, in honor of you.”

10) Burn incense to Athena, saying, “I give this incense to you, as a offering to you, oh daughter of Zeus.”

11) Give food offering to her, saying, “I give this sacrifice to you, oh goddess Athena. For I know that one must sacrifice something to gain something in return.”

12) Pray to Athena.

13)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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