Ritual – Lá Fhéile Bhríd

As the title says, this is our ritual for Lá Fhéile Bhríd.  Using the lunar reckoning this would have been January 21st, we held our ritual and feast on January 25th.  We also made butter and Brigit’s Crosses this year.  The butter will be used in our rituals for the coming year.

Lá Fhéile Bhríd
(Law Ayluh Vreedj)
Gathering
A bell is tolled three times calling the folk to the nemeton.
GO/SD/GPThe
tribe is called together for Lá Fhéile Bhríd
(Law Ayluh Vreedj). Let us gather at the center.
Statement of Purpose
Druid 2: It is the time when our foremothers would take stock of the provisions and clean the house from top tobottom in preparation for the arrival of Brigit and spring.  The time when our forefathers would go out with shovels and break up the sod to symbolize the coming planting season.  The people would pray for rain to soften the earth to receive seeds and promote growth and the
seas would begin to calm for the fishing season. It is alsothe time of the warrior’s return.  The
time when those whom have gone off to learn the ways of the warrior and hunter  return to the domestic life of the village.
As the days lengthen we should prepare our homes, hearts and minds for the coming of spring
planting and summer growth.  Today we begin the process by giving praise and asking for the blessings of Brigit and asking her to cleanse our heart andmind of ill thought and ill act as we clean and bless our homes.
Opening Prayer All: 
By the land beneath us
By the sea surrounding us
By the sky above us
We come unto the gods and ungods.
May they light our way and
Bless our days,
Centering Meditation
A guide is selected to lead this guided meditation.  Going through it with a calm voice and steady voice.
Guide: Close your eyes clear your mind and focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out slowly visualizing the spiral of the cosmos around you.
Guide: We are at the center of An Thríbhís Mhór.                 ah-heeveesh-vohr
Guide: Inhale and as you exhale visualize your feet firmly planted on the earth.
Guide: We stand firmly upon the Sacred Land.
Guide: Inhale again and as you exhale imagine you are surrounded by the great
calm ocean.
Guide: The Eternal Sea always surrounds us.
Guide: Inhale and exhale seeing the great blue expanse above you.
Guide: The Endless Sky spreads itself above us.
Guide: Inhale while visualizing the great spiral around you, with you at its
center.
Guide: We are at the center of An Thríbhís Mhór. 
Guide: And breath, open your eyes when ready.
Honoring the Local Land Goddesses
Druid 2: We honor the Five Rivers, the goddesses of the land; Potomac, Patapsco, Susquehanna, Gunpowder, and Patuxent.  Givers of life that flow from the mountains and form estuaries of the
Chesapeake.  
We honor you and make this offering to you in gratitude for your waters that nourish this land.
Druid 2: makes an offering and says: Mighty goddesses of the land accept this offering.
All: Mighty goddesses of the land accept this offering.
Establishing the Sacred Grove
Sacred Hearth Fire
Druid 1: I make sacred the fire,
The first fire born of lightning
from which all fires are lit.
The hearth fire which warms our homes
and binds our people.
I stand in the grove at the center of the realms,
All:
Let the flame be the hearth fire,
Let the water be the Well of Knowledge
Let the tree be the bile,  
(bill-uh)
I stand in the grove at the center of the realms,

Druid 1: puts butter on the fire, then says: I light the sacred fire of inspiration.  Sacred fire, burn  within us.
All: Sacred fire, burn within us.
Well of Segais
Druid 1 says: I make sacred the well,
From which the five rivers flow,
Salmon swimming, hazels hanging high.
Bubbling brightly Segais, source of wisdom,

I stand in the grove at the center of the realms,
All:
Let the flame be the hearth fire,
Let the water be the Well of Knowledge
Let the tree be the bile,  
(bill-uh)
I stand in the grove at the center of the realms,
Druid 1: dips the apple branch into the well then says: In the depths flow the waters of wisdom. Sacred waters, flow within us. 
All: Sacred waters, flow within us.
World Tree
Druid 1 says: I make sacred the branch/tree,
Towering high, hanging heavy with hazel,
Spanning and connecting the Three Realms,
The mighty bile of the grove,
I stand in the grove at the center of the realms,

All:
Let the flame be the hearth fire,
Let the water be the Well of Knowledge
Let the tree be the bile,  
(bill-uh)
I stand in the grove at the center of the realms,
Druid 1 dresses (takes water from well and pours it or rubs it on the tree) the bile, then says:
From the depths to the heights spans the world tree. Sacred tree, grow within us.
All: Sacred tree, grow within us.
Druid 1: raises arms
Druid 1: With the Flame of the Hearth, the Well of Knowledge, and the Sacred Bile the grove
is erected and hallowed.
Parting the Mists
Druid 1: prepares an offering for the
gatekeeper and says:
Druid 1: says: We honor Oirbsen (orib-sheen), Manannan, Patron of our tribe, Lord of the Mist, Ruler of Tir na mBan (teer na man), Guardian of the gate of the Otherworld. Oh Lord of the Otherworld, bearer of the silvered apple branch, hear us this day and aid in the passage of the ancestors through the misty veil.
Druid 1: makes an offering and says: Manannan mac Lir, accept our offerings and gratitude as you part the mists. (mah-nuh-nahn’ mak leer)
Druid 1: Let the mists be parted!!
All: Let the mists be parted.
Inviting the Gods and Ungods
An Sinsear  (en shen-shoor)
Druid 2: Mighty dead, you who have come before, Ancestors of our blood,  Heros of our people
We offer you this gift with love and loyalty and invite you to witness this rite.
Druid 2: makes an offering and says: Ancestors, accept this offering.
All: Ancestors, accept this offering.
Aos Sí (ees-shee)
Druid 2: Great nature spirits, you who frolic in the wild world, Spirits of this place, We offer you this gift in friendship and invite you to witness this rite.
Spirits of family and the people that came to this land from faraway lands.
We offer you this gift in friendship and invite you to witness this rite.
Druid 2: makes an offering and says: Aos Sí (ees-shee), accept this offering.
All: Aos Sí (ees-shee), accept this offering.
Gods of the Tribe
Druid 2: Great gods, you who are mightiest in all things, Deities of our faith, We offer you this gift with reverence and honor and invite you to witness this  rite.
Druid 2: makes an offering and says: Gods and goddesses accept this offering.
All: Gods and goddesses accept this offering.
Key Offering
Druid 1:
Bride! Bride! come in,
Your welcome is truly made,
Give your relief to the people,
And give the conception to the land.
We invite the three sisters,
the Smith, the Leech, and the Poet.  For
inspiration, transformation and healing.
We invite Brig Ambue, goddess of the cowless, the outsiders and outcastes.  You who would cleanse, guide, and welcome the outlaws back to our hearths.
Mighty goddesses we offer you this butter, the fruit of labor and a tool of your blessings.
Druid 1:  Place offering in the fire.  Great Goddesses, accept this offering.
All: Great Goddesses, accept this offering.
The Augury
Seer: Ritually washes their hands
then forms the left hand into a tube, blows through the tube then says:
I am going within
To the doorstep of the sí
in the name of Finn
Stronger in sight then all.
The augury made by Finn to his men,
That Bride blew her palm,
Message of truth without a message of falsehood
That I myself shall see
The semblance, joyous and mild
Of all that is hidden to me
Good spirits and gods of my people,
Give me the sight to see all I need,
With vision that shall never fail, before me,
That shall never quench nor dim.
Tell me what I need.
Seer: then takes the omen, interprets it, and records it.
Receiving the blessings of the Gods and Ungods
Druid 1: raises the blessing plate/cup
high and says:
Tuatha
de Danaan
(tooah-de-danyan),
Aos Sí , (ees she) and An Sinsear  (en shen-shoor), we have praised you
and made offerings and now a gift calls for a gift. We pray to you and ask that
you give us your blessings.  Make sacred these apples and infuse them with
your vitality, strength and inspiration.
Lo, the
blessings of the Gods and Ungods are upon us.
All: Lo, the blessings of the Gods
and Ungods are upon us.
Druid 1: Slices and eats the blessed
apple and passes it around.
Thanking
the Gods and Ungods and Closing the Mists
Druid 1:
We have given gifts to the gods and ungods and received gifts in return.  Take these blessings into the world and use these them to live fruitfully and with honor. At this time we have come to the closing of this ritual and will give thanks to those who have come to aid us.
Druid 1: Brigit’s of Ireland we thank you and are honored by your blessings. Welcome to our table and go when you are ready.
Druid 2: Blessed ancestors, are honored by your attendance and welcome you to our table as honored guests and wish you well if you depart.
Druid 2:
Tuatha de Danaan (tooah-de-danyan), gods of our tribe, we thank you for your presence and blessings.  
Druid 2:
Aos Sí (ees-shee), these are your lands and here you shall remain.  We thank you for attending and accepting our offerings of peace and respect.
Druid 1: Manannan, we thank you for your attendance and ask that you watch over our ancestors as
they travel back through the veil.    
Druid 1: Let the mists return and the veil be whole.
All: Let the mists return and the veil be whole.
Druid 2: Mighty Rivers, these are your lands and here you shall remain.  We thank you for
attending and accepting our offerings of peace and respect.
Taking down the Sacred Grove
Druid 1: And now the Sacred Grove must be taken down. We honor the Hearth Fire and restore it to flame.  We honor the Well of Segais and restore it to water. We honor the bile and restore
it to branch.  All is as it was and the Sacred Grove is dismantled. The ritual is ended.
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!All: Biodh Se!    (bee-shay)

Items List:
Bell or gong for calling the folk to the temple space.
Juniper bundle for saining the attendees. Representations of the Hearth Fire, Well of Wisdom
and Bile. Bowl with fresh water and ogham staves for the seer.
 Butter for the consecration of the fire
Apple Branch for consecration of the well
Cup for water from the Well of Wisdom to consecrate
the tree.
Offerings to the gods and ungods
Apples for the blessings on the folk.
Basket or bowl to collect offerings during indoor
rituals.
Local
River Goddesses
Corn
meal
Manannan
Mac Lir
Alcohol,
water grasses, yellow flower
Mighty
Dead
Food/bread
Spirits
of Place
honey/sage
smoke
Tuatha
de Danaan
Alcohol
Ancestors
A meal
The
folk
Apples

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