On June 20 of this year, I undertook something of a “first draft” of what a Romantic Polytheist ritual might look like. The occasion was the public ritual celebrating the Summer Solstice of the local grove of the Neo-Druid fellowship I founded in 2006, FoDLA, in association with the Los Angeles Chapter of the Spiritual Naturalist Society.
The ritual was held in a public park in Encino, California, with about a half dozen attendees. The general outline of the ritual was derived from the customary liturgy of the Mother Grove of FoDLA.
The order of service was as follows:
Chimes to signal beginning – Prayer for union of the attendees in purpose
Hymn to invoke poetic inspiration and kindling of altar fire
Prayer to Great Spirit (as Gitche Manitou) – Offering sage and water for cleansing and protection
Prayer to the Ancestors – Both of blood and spirit, heroes of immortal memory including the Founders of our democracy – Toast of cider
Prayer to Sovereignty – The Land as our partner and home, source of prosperity – Offering grain back to the Earth, pledging to be united with the Land
Opportunity for personal prayers and offerings
Singing of “Chant for the Seasons”
Sharing of the Sun’s blessings (traditional American foodstuffs): Apple cider, cornbread, tree nuts and berries, rum.
Recessional hymn: “This Land is your Land”
Chimes to close