Imbolc Sabbat Ritual
Performed by Rev. Sandra Cheryl Richardson and Rev. James R. Jones
Saturday, January 23, 2010
At the MoonPath Chapter of Continental CUUPs
Fort Lauderdale, Flordia
Positions: High Priestess: Rev. HPsts. Sandra Cheryl Richardson High Priest: Rev. James R. Jones Sergeant of Arms: Asst. Sergeant of Arms: Sabbat Sage: Earth: Air: Fire: Water: Congregation Leader: Opening Ritual Cast the Circle, or Temple, by defining its borders. Bless the altar, symbols and tools of the ritual. The High Priest anoints the High Priestess with Holy Oil. The High Priestess anoints the High Priest with Holy Oil. Anoint the Quarters and Sergeants of Arms. The Sergeant at Arms rings bell 3 times and calls forth the members of the Covenant and kindred spirits, saying, "GATHER AROUND THE SACRED GROUND THOSE WHO WOULD STAND BEFORE THE GODS TONIGHT. COME IN STRENGTH AND GOODNESS AND PEACE. COME IN LOVE AND COME IN LIGHT." The High Priest and High Priestess welcome the members of the Covenant into the Temple area by blessing their brows with Holy Oil. “MAY THOSE WHO WISH TO BE ANOINTED, PLEASE STEP FORWARD.” The High Priestess raises arms and says, "DARKNESS IS DARKNESS, AND LIGHT IS LIGHT. BUT TRUTH IS ETERNAL BE IT DAY OR NIGHT." All repeat. Call forth the Watchtowers. North – East – South – West – The High Priest says, "BEHOLD THE CIRCLE OF THE MOONPATH CHAPTER OF CUUPS." All say, "GLORY TO THE ALMIGHTY, GREAT AND SACRED CREATOR WHO IS KNOWN BY MANY NAMES." The High Priestess says, "BEHOLD, THY SOUL IS A LIVING STAR SHINING AMONG ITS BRETHREN." All say, "MAY I LOOK UPON MY SOUL AND MY SHADOW." The High Priest says, "THOU ART PURE. THY KA IS PURE. THY SOUL IS PURE. THY FORM IS PURE." The High Priestess says, please repeat the Articles of Faith, "I BELIEVE IN THE SACRED GODDESS, MOTHER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. AND OF ALL THINGS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE. AND IN THE GREAT LORD WHO STANDS BY HER SIDE, MASTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, PROTECTOR AND FATHER DIVINE. AND IN THE HOLY GUARDIANS OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE EARTH, AIR, FIRE, AND WATER, THE GREATER AND LESSER SPIRITS, THE CONTINUITY OF LIFE AND THE SANCTITY OF THE EARTH. FROM MY FEET TO MY CROWN, IN THOUGHT, WORD, AND DEED, I AM THE POWER AND THE COVENANT MANIFEST INTO THE WORLD. SO MOTE IT BE." The High Priest invites the Divine presence of the Lord and gives salutations in His name. “Sacred is the earth beneath my hooves. Glorious is the power which shines upon it. For it is by my will that all things prosper. I am the Horned One whose very riches know no end. I am Master of Life and I am Master of Death. I am your guardian and protector, your lover, your brother, and your Great Father. I am He who is known by many names. None come to the world of matter but through me, for mine is the awesome power of change. Mine is the force and the strength of all things. I am the Hunter and Watcher – warmth of fruit and seed. I am your ever-present loving reaper who shall free you from all bonds. Touch me in the woods and feel my spirit run with the four winds. I dwell in high places, and I dwell in low places. I am the warmth and the cold, the dry and the wet, the dark and the bright. None can hide from my power, and my love, and my justice. Know my children that I am your Father and your guiding strength. For your love of the Covenant, I will not turn from you. For your love of the Covenant, I will protect you and shield you against adversity. And when night draws near, my love will embrace you and carry you home to the Summerland where dwell your kindred and all your loved ones. I have placed thee in my heart. Behold, thou art the maker of eternity. Blessed art thou. The High Priestess invites the Divine presence of the Lady and gives salutations in Her name. “Blessings be upon you my most cherished children. May your spirit shine with the beauty and the strength I have given you. Harken my words and let them be forever etched in the core of your very soul, for I am your Mother and my love encompasses all things – that in my womb I bore, you, and in my bosom I suckle you. In me is your salvation. My love is great and my face shall never be put away from you. Doubt not my love, nor my presence, which is ever by your side. Know that before all things I have been. Before your birth, your essence was in my hands, as it is so even now. And will remain so long past your sojourn in the Summerland. I am the Great Mother of all things at all times. The Universe is my realm, and the stars are my cloak. The moon holds all my secrets and is testament to my ancient wisdom. I am the Lady of the Moon, the Earth, the Air, the Fire, and the Water. I am the land and the harvest, the Temple and the glory. I am She who creates. I am She who guides. I am She who is known by many names. And I am She who must be obeyed and cannot be denied. Mine alone is the great presence seen: Mother, Maiden, and Crone. Verily no son or father is born without the great Mother. I bless you. The High Priest rings bell 3 times. Sabbat Sage Ring bell 3 times. Imbolc Ritual The High Priestess stands before the altar, head bowed. The High Priest says, “From darkness comes darkness. From light comes light. But truth is eternal be it day or night.” The Congregation Leader steps forward and says, “May all repeat these words: From darkness comes darkness. From light comes light. But truth is eternal be it day or night.” The High Priestess says, “Great Mother Most High, known by many names, Creatrix Divine, in whose love I place my soul, behold your servant who stands before You and Your children.” The Congregation Leader says, “May all repeat these words: Great Mother Most High, known by many names, Creatrix Divine, in whose love I place my soul, behold your servant who stands before You and Your children.” Congregation Leader returns to place in circle. The High Priest places a veil upon the brow of the High Priestess and he says, “We gather this night to honor you and the fruit of your womb.” The Congregation Leader steps forward, raises athame towards High Priestess and High Priest, and says, “Please raise your arms and repeat after me. Glory to the Sacred Goddess and on earth blessed be all of good will. We praise you. We worship you. We glorify you. We give you thanks for your great glory. Lord God, Father of Life, Protector Divine. You who bless and encompass the world have mercy on us. You who stand beside the Great Mother receive our prayers. For in your light we find glory. In your light we are one. So Mote It Be. The High Priest draws his athame. In the name of the Lord, he cuts out the heart of an apple containing seeds, and says, “Behold my hand is upon the earth. And as I cut one life from another, so I bless all life as its Master.” The High Priest places the apple core into a deep dish or cauldron. He holds up a goblet of ale and says, “Behold, my hoofs are upon the earth. As I am the taker, I am the giver of life.” The High Priest makes a libation of the ale and pours it upon the apple core. The High Priest then pours salt atop the mixture and places upon it a small branch of evergreen or hay. He lights a taper and gives it to the High Priestess, saying, “Behold, my flame passes unto you, and my seed becomes thine.” The High Priestess takes the taper and lights the Candalaria, saying, “I am the Mother of all things. None comes but through me. In my power, I hold life in my womb. By my power, I am the Divine Intercession. And by my love, the earth is restored. Blessed are my children who keep the Covenant. For through them, I am renewed. And through me, the earth is born.” As she lights the candles she says, “Behold, I am Death’s Conqueror. And my light shines bright upon the darkness.” The High Priestess then extinguishes the taper upside down in the cauldron or dish, and plants it there. The High Priest removes the veil of the High Priestess and gives her a kiss on each cheek. He drops to one knee and kisses both hands, saying, “The earth stirs because of You. And by Your love, my spirit is renewed.” Congregation Leader steps forward and says, “May we all repeat these words: The earth stirs because of You. And by Your love, my spirit is renewed.” The High Priestess takes a small piece of evergreen or hay and lights it with the flame of the candalaria. Once lit, the High Priestess places the burning branch into the cauldron or dish and extinguishes it. Ring bell 3 times. Closing Ritual The High Priest rings bell three times. The High Priestess says, please repeat the Affirmation of Power, "I AM THE CENTER OF ALL THINGS, BORN OF THE MOST HIGH. THE EARTH AND THE WATER ARE AT MY FEET. THY BOUNTY AND GOODNESS ARE WITH ME. THY POWER AND WISDOM ARE IN THE WIND AND THE FIRE AT MY GRASP. I LIFT MY SPIRIT TO THEE AND THY GLORY SHINES UPON MY FACE. HOLY ART THOU, AND BLESSED ARE THY CHILDREN. SO MOTE IT BE." Cakes and Ale. The High Priestess and the High Priest bless the cakes and ale plus all the food and drink we will consume afterwards. Announcements. - Thanks to everyone for attending - Thanks to MoonPath Chapter of CUUPs for allowing us to serve this night - Thanks to the drummers - The High Priest rings bell 3 times. The High Priestess says, please repeat the Affirmation of Faith, "THOU ART A LAMP UNTO MY FEET. THOUGH THE ROAD BE NARROW AND ROCKS BAR THE WAY, MY FOOTING IS SURE, FOR THOU ART WITH ME IN ALL THAT I DO. SO MOTE IT BE." The High Priestess renders closing salutations to the Lady. The High Priest renders closing salutations to the Lord. Closing salutations to the Watchtowers done widdershins. West – South – East – North – Clear Temple by clapping 3 times. The High Priest rings bell 3 times. Conclude with a Spiral Dance.