Saturday, November 17th, 2007, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In the spirit of inclusiveness and with the intention of encouraging Universal acceptance and peaceful co-existence with all people throughout the Earth, The Sisterhood of the Temple of Ahel Adom sponsored a Rally for Peace.

On World Peace Day with a focus on the positive peace rather than anti-war and in conjunction with
the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale and
MoonPath CUUPS,

we invited one and all to participate in

Harmony for Humanity – A Celebration Ritual for Peace


 ANOINT

Initiates smudging as participants enter circle

 

OPEN

 Statement of Purpose:

SAILLE:  “We are gathered here, Sisters and Brothers, in an Act of Peace and Oneness, both in heart and in spirit for all Humankind.  We gather in solidarity with all people as Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Sisters, Brothers, Sons, Daughters, and Friends in our quest for a peaceful world.”

A Prayer of Healing

ALL/repeat:  We join with the earth and with each other.

MOONDAY:

To bring new life to the land
To restore the waters
To refresh the air

(Moonday)  ALL/repeat:  We join with the earth and with each other.

TARA:

To renew the forests
To care for the plants
To protect the creatures

(Tara)  ALL/repeat:  We join with the earth and with each other.

MOONDAY:

To celebrate the seas
To rejoice the sunlight
To sing the song of the stars

(Moonday)  ALL/repeat:  We join with the earth and with each other.

TARA:

To recall our destiny
To renew our spirits
To reinvigorate our bodies

(Tara)  ALL/repeat:  We join with the earth and with each other.

MOONDAY:

To create the human community
To promote justice and peace
To remember our children

SAILLE:

We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery: for the healing of the earth and the renewal of all life.

(Moonday & Tara)  ALL/repeat:  We join with the earth and with each other.

~Earth Prayers, UN Environmental Sabbath Program

STARWIND:  Let us begin by taking a moment to go within, following our hearts, feet securely on the Path of Peace.

Centering/Meditation

STARWIND :  Breathe, breathe deep. Feel the weight of your body - feel your weight - how Earth holds you. Breathe deep … feel the Air expand in you … we are surrounded by the sea...feel the moisture on your skin … now, feel the warmth of your body. Breathe into it.   Listen...  Imagine...

Music:  John Lennon “Imagine”

 

CAST

Ash to begin, deosil:

Hand to hand, I create a Circle of Peace...

 

CALL

IASIS: (at least 2 minions) It is our intention to acknowledge and honor all the peoples of the Globe to the East.  May we all feel the gentle breeze of our purpose here.

 

(Tigerlily, bat Dinah) Repeat after us:  We behold your existence and ask that all those who live in the East come to experience Peace between all people.

 

CHAHANPI: (at least 2 minions) It is our intention to acknowledge and honor all the peoples of the Globe to the South.  May we all feel the warmth of our heartfelt intent. 

 

(Minions) Repeat after us:  We behold your existence and ask that all those who live in the South come to experience Peace between all people.


ELIZABETH: (at least 2 minions): It is our intention to acknowledge and honor all the peoples of the Globe to the West.  May we all feel the wellspring of love. 

 

(Minions) Repeat after us:  We behold your existence and ask that all those who live in the West come to experience Peace between all people.

 

d’ELF: (2 minions) It is our intention to acknowledge and honor all the peoples of the Globe to the West.  May we all feel nourished by the words spoken here. 

 (Minions)  Repeat after us:  We behold your existence and ask that all those who live in the North come to experience Peace between all people.

 

Center:

 SAILLE:  In the Center and all around us, Above and Below, Within and Without, Here and There, All Places and No Places, All Time and No Time -  Noble and Blessed Spirit.....the Quintessence, the ether of the Heavenly Bodies where the Universe was created.  I call to the power of Gaia, She – who is the Earth – and who sustains our lives with Her bounty.  She who brings us the blessings of Love, Hope, Friendship, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and this Sacred Community of Humankind.  She who resides in our hearts, our experiences, our oneness, balance, wholeness... Let us feel Her now for She is so close...  So be it.

 

Ancestor Call:

AtS:  We are from everywhere and everytime. Our ancestors stretch back behind each of us here, all the way back - see them in your mind’s eye … see all the lands they come from - all of them present here. And see all the descendents stretching before each of us - descendents of body and mind - the future present within us. All are present.   We invite them to celebrate peace, and help us to create peace, both without and within. We are comfortable and at peace.

 

 

INVOCATION

 

STARWIND:

The garden of green hillocks
dresses up for visitors
in the most beautiful colors
as if a young woman's dowry
were spread out glittering with gold necklaces
or as if someone had poured out
censers of musk powder
mixed with the purest aromatic oils
Birds trill on the branches like singing girls
bending over their lutes
and water falls continuously like neckchains of silver and pearls
These are splendors of such perfection
they call to mind the beauty of absolute certainty…
the radiance of faith.

~Abd Allah ibn al Simak

 

WORKING

The Blessing of the Candles

Quarters come forward to the main altar and light their candle from the candle Rev. Gail and Spelcastor have blessed first.  As in rituals with Cakes and Ale, pass/light candles to participants within your quarters. 

 

All begin to chant

“Give Peace a Chance”

 

CLOSE


Iasis/EAST:  We have remembered that we are of the Air - how we feel it expand within us, as all peoples do.

 Minions/repeat:  Repeat after us...May there be peace within all of us.

d’Elf/NORTH:  We have remembered that we are of the Earth - how we feel it in our substance, as all peoples do. 


Minions/repeat:  Repeat after us...May there be peace within all of us.

 Pythia/WEST;  We have remembered that we are of the Water - how we can feel it on our skin as all peoples do. 

 Minions/repeat:  Repeat after us...May there be peace within all of us.

 

Chahanpi/SOUTH:  We have remembered that we are of the Fire - how we feel its warmth, as all peoples do.

Minions/repeat:  Repeat after us...May there be peace within all of us.

CENTER: 

 SAILLE:  We have remembered that we are all a part of the Whole, each one of us as important as the next.

 

Saille - All/repeat: Repeat after me...May there be peace within us and between us.

 

ATS:  We have remembered our ancestors and descendents present. We will remember that this is the beginning of Hope.

Ats - All/repeat: Repeat after me...May there be peace within us and between us.

 

SAILLE:

We send our prayers out on the smoke of each

extinguished flame...

Knowing
We Are All Essentially Divine
We All Are One
Our Embodiment and Demonstration of The Principle of Goodwill
 

STARWIND: 

Our Conscious Distribution of Goodwill Energies

To all Endeavors Cooperating with
The Healing of The Nations
Will Lead to the Peace
We All Desire
So Be It

 

SAILLE & STARWIND – ALL/Repeat:  SO BE IT!!

Explain that while song is sung, participants are to extinguish candles then all exit the Circle when song concludes...

 

music:  Pagan Women’s Choir:  Blessed Be

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Written by Saille Honor and Starwind Evensong, Summer, 2007

Portions adapted from Blue Mountain Peace Ritual and Thomas BlackwolfePoem, ~Earth Prayers, UN Environmental Sabbath Program

Invocation, Abd Allah ibn al Simak

 

 

·         Candles for main altar

·         candles to be lit and held by participants/holders (prevent wax burns)

·         basket (to collect extinguished candles)

·         altar cloths

·         music (John Lennon)

·         symbols of peace for the altar (to be discussed)

·         holiday lights to create peace sign in center or on LARGE wreath to be hung at altar (North)?

·         Lights/microphones...e-l-e-c-t-r-i-c-i-t-y!

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