Please note: if you or hestia members are allergic to incense, it need not be used. Also, any kind of grain may be used for the bread. Corn meal is especially appropriate. For those with celiac or other gluten allergies, corn meal is gluten free unless contaminated with wheat during the processing. There are gluten free corn meals available:http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-medium-cornmeal.html.
THE RITE OF SACRIFICE
But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to Her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and our princes in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil. (Jer. 44:17)
C: (Dip fingers in holy water, trace Fora and say:) In the Name of the Mother and of the Daughter and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.
C and H may also anoint their foreheads and altar with holy oil by tracing the Fora on both.
Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One,
She Who is Mari,
She Who is Kore,
She Who is Mysteria,
Blessed is She.
C/H Let us seek sanctuary of the Janati of the fourfold Earth and of the Three-fold Heaven, that no harmful thing may come between ourselves and our devotion.
C: O, Most Holy Janati, in the most sacred Name of She that we are come to honor
IOT ‘E VOH
(all trace the Fora upon themselves and bow)
In the Name of the Mother
And of the Daughter
And of the Great Mother,
Dark beyond the light
And Light beyond the darkness;
We entreat you that your vigilance shall keep our service pure.
(C: turns to each quarter, tracing in the air, each time, the sign of the Fora while saying)
O, Madria Grace, Guardian of East and Water, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Vicka, Guardian of South and Fire, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Thema, Guardian of West and Earth, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Sofia, Guardian of North and Air, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea, Guardians of Spirit and Center, be with us. (Bow)
C: Madria Dea,
Star of the Shimmering Depths, look upon us.
Light of the nocturnal heavens, Protector of the running deer
And of all free spirits, O, hear us.
We are come to celebrate Your resplendent purity and to solemnly devote ourselves to Your service. Mistress of the Silver-Helmed wave, come among us.
C/H Let us confess together our belief in that which alone is true.
I believe that I am created
from before the dawn of time
by the one eternal Dea.
I believe that Dea is One
and there are none beside Her,
And I believe that She is also Three.
I believe in the Mother,
Who is pure Light,
the Creatrix of the earth and of the heavens
and of all the illimitable cosmos.
And I believe in Her virgin Daughter,
born of the virgin Mother,
the ruler of all the energies of creation,
Whose nature is perfect Love.
And I believe in She that stands beyond these Two,
Whose Name has not been spoken on this earth:
For She is the Beginning and the End;
the First Principle and the Final Cause;
the unoriginated Origin of being.
I believe in the Seven Janati, the Seven Great Powers of Dea. I believe that
they are the Living Streams of Virtue who flow from the Mother and
that together, these Living Streams form the River of Life.
I believe that I was made a perfect creature
and at the dawn of time my soul did turn
from the Perfection of existence
in the infirmity of her sovereign will:
And through this fault do I suffer
the limitation of imperfect being.
I believe that the Daughter of Eternity
gave herself to be cast down into the depths of darkness.
I believe that She rose from darkness, triumphant
And reigns as Queen of Heaven.
I believe that through Her descent into darkness,
the fault of my soul shall perish,
And I believe, through Her triumphant life,
My soul shall rise renewed in her perfection
that she may return to eternal communion
with the one eternal Dea.
C/H: Let us, who are true believers, receive into our hearts, the words of Our Lady.
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRIFICE
Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the cosmos into being, beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed is She.
Madria Dea, we pray that You will Bless + the gifts we bring to You, for we bring them not only in our own names, but for all who love You; may they be nourished and grow strong in Your true devotion.
Beloved Kyria, we bring these gifts for Your blessing + in the name of Holy Ekklesia, who has gathered all of Your children into one Body, knowing no bounds of either time or space.
For we know that Ekklesia transcends this world, even as this sacred altar transcends the earthly stuff of which its parts are made. We know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand at once before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name.
C: Holds the sacrifice (bread) in the smoke of incense with both hands.
C: We know that there is but one Sacrifice made by all Your children in every place, eternally. Bless + this gift, that we may take part in that one Sacrifice.
(All kneel on one knee. C bows her head.)
IOT ‘E VOH
C: Places Sacrifice back on plate.
C: Mother of all that is, accept the gift Your children bring to You.
(All rise. C; lifts the Chalice in her left hand and traces the Fora over it with her right)
C: Let us offer libation to Dea.
She dips two fingertips into the wine and sprinkles a few drops onto the sacrifice. The action is repeated three times. She then traces the Fora, again. (The Bread of Sacrifice may either be safely burned as an offering or placed outside on the ground after the Rite is over with the words, ‘ Return to Mother Nature’ .)
C: Madria Dea, as we drink of the one cup, may Your Divine Spirit be infused within our being.
(The Chalice is passed to all. All drink. If a handmaid (server) is present, she serves them, afterwards drinking, herself. The celebrant drinks last.)
C/H: Let us kneel before this altar that is both upon Earth and in the Heaven.
(All kneel except C and close eyes).
C: Let us consider that the earthly things we see about us are but illusion and that could we see with clearer eyes, a more glorious vision would appear before us.
Let us feel the Spirit of Dea, as it grows within us and seek to catch a glimpse of that vision.
(This may be a time for silent meditation or the celebrant may give a brief sermon for contemplation, speak about the Mysteries of the Season, spiritual truths, etc. Or hymns, meditation, rituals, sacred dance, poetry, etc.)
C /H: Attend!
C: Let us pray:
C: Great Dove of the Waters,
Fiery Rose of Heaven,
Veiled Fora of Faith,
Help us to aspire to the heart of the flame.
C: You are the Music of the Spheres,
You are the Meaning of all words,
You are the end of every road and also its
Help us to come to know you.
(C: traces the Fora three times, once at each blessing)
C: + May the blessing of the Mother be upon you and upon this world.
+ May the blessing of the Daughter be upon you and upon this world.
+ May the blessing of the Great Mother be upon you and upon this world.
Dark beyond the Light and Light beyond the Darkness.
Beloved Kyria, we pray that you will bless us on our parting from Your Temple and infuse us with Your delight, so far as we are able to contain it.
SILVER LIGHT OF THE FORESTS
Silver Light of the darkling forests, send us forth in the protection of Your Spirit that no profane thing may enter into us.
Grant us to see all things with delight that are lovely and to glory and increase in force and energy.
Fill us with wonder in the sight of the seas and of the heavens and of every place wherein You are.
Commander of the roaring wave, help us to turn from all that is low or inglorious neither with anger nor with pain, but to know that in You we stand above all such things.
Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.
C: Makes the sign of the Fora and says:
In the Name of the Mother
And of the Daughter
And of the Great Mother.
Blessed is She.
C: Raise arms, palms facing upward and say:
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
C: Fold hands and say:
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
Thus may it remain. (Bows).
~The Great Liturgy and the Rite of Sacrifice, the original versions of which we have received from the Madrians, are written as basic rituals. They may be served as is or with the addition of other rituals, hymns, poetry, meditation, sacred dance, seasonal writings, divination, a litany, a canticle and other prayers, etc. There is a plethora of seasonal and full moon-related prayers and poems on the internet and there are a lot of great ideas to be found in books on the Wheel of the Year.
- The altar cloth should be the color of the Season. The candles may be either the color of the Season or white.I prefer to allow our JOP members to be self-expressive in altar set up. The basic requirements for a Janite altar would be (at a minimum) at least one image of Our Lady, at least one candle (or electric candle), incense for those who are not allergic, holy water, holy oil, the chalice and the patene’ which is the sacred dish for the bread.The Chalice shall contain the white wine and bread should be on the dish.Usually, if I am serving a solitary ritual, I will not fill the Chalice with wine. I usually pour in enough to take three good sips. For the bread, I take a round cookie cutter or a glass and cut a round piece out of the loaf and place that on the patene’. Of course, for a group setting, this would be different.Either the almond cookies (for which I can supply the recipe in the future…if interested please write to me) or fresh bread may be used. Only white wine or white grape juice is allowed not red. White represents Spirit, red represents blood. In Janite Tradition, the bread represents the Soul, not the Body. The wine represents the Spirit, not blood. Both the bread and wine are transfused during the liturgy. During the Rite of Sacrifice, they are blessed by Dea.The only other thing I will mention is that with both the Rite of Sacrifice and ….most especially with the liturgy, after the Rite, fill the chalice and patene’ with water and pour it outside on the ground before washing the chalice and patene’. This prevents any crumbs or drops of sanctified wine from going down the drain. We do this out of respect for the sacredness and holiness of both the Communion of the liturgy and of the Sacrifice. With the Rite of Sacrifice, the wine must be consumed and the bread may either be safely burned in a fireplace, wood stove or campfire or it may be placed outside on the ground (returned to Nature).When serving a private liturgy or Rite of Sacrifice, it is not necessary to dress in formal robes, but we should be wearing a skirt or dress and definitely, we should be veiled (chapel veil, mantilla or scarf).Each time we ask the blessing of Our Lady over the gifts, we trace the Fora over the gifts. We Trace the Fora over the chalice and over the patene’. This is indicated by a +.In the RoS, you will notice that if I place the Sacrificial Bread on the ground after the RoS, I will say, ‘return to Mother Nature’ or I will burn it in my outdoor campfire.I do the same thing with any dying flowers or plant-life. I never throw them in the trash, rather, I toss them outside in a garden or some other suitable area while saying the blessing, ‘I thank you for your beauty and service, return to Mother Nature’. Please note that with the RoS, the shorter form of the Creed is used.