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Yule Ritual

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SET UP: Altar facing East, decorated with Holly and Oak leaves, Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Two yellow working candles, One Gold God candle to represent the reborn Sun. One black or green God candle to represent the dying Holly king. Yule log and place to burn it or candles in it. Have a yellow or white candle for each covener present. Have an incense stick and candle in each quarter. (Have cakes and ale under table). Have Pentacle, Athame, Chalice, Cauldron, salt, bell all other needed items on/near altar.

Cleansing :

All : Each with his/her besom :Sweep the circle , concentrate on eliminating the darkness in our souls : sweep away bad habits, malevolent thoughts, and anything other which impedes our enlightenment. Sweep the circumference three times. Play appropriate music.

Priestess: Go to altar place some salt in water and stir three times. Walk circle sprinkling salt water. Repeating the following three times:

I cleanse this Circle with Water and with Earth

So to prepare for the Sun’s rebirth.

Priest: Go to altar light purification incense and pick up candle walk around the circle and repeat three times:

I cleanse this Circle with Fire and with Air

So for the Solstice we may prepare.

 

Priest(s) and Priestess stay within circle others wait at east quarter. Priest wears crown of Holly( if two priests the other will wear the oak crown)

Priest(s) and Priestess :bless each other with oils.

In the name of the God and of the Goddess

I consecrate thee :may you be blessed; Merry Meet.

 

Priest(Holly) and Priestess go to alter and light working candles, Holly king candle and incense

 

 

Calling the Quarters

 

Priestess:( goes to the east, carrying her yellow candle lights the candle with her candle)

Hail to the Spirit of the East and Air

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Priestess: (go to the South and light the candle and incense)

Hail to the Spirit of the South and Fire

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Priest ( Go to the West and light the candle and incense)

Hail to the Spirit of the West and Water

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Priest: ( Go to the North , light candle and incense)

Hail to the Spirit of the North and Earth

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

 

Erecting the Temple

Priestess: Cast the circle: Walk around three times (Recite the following once per circumambulation).

I cast this circle thrice about

To bring good in and shut evil out.

I erect this Temple with Ancient Might

May the Power of Magick protect this Rite.

From East and South and West and North

The Spirits we shall soon call forth.

From Above and from Bellow

the Circle's Power now will grow

Priest (Holly): (goes to the alter rings bell three times )

The circle is now cast and cleansed

The Rite of Yule may now begin.

Priest now goes to east carves opening in circle to let coveners in

Priestess joins Priest in east with Blessing oil.

(As each covener walks up he/she is blessed by the Priest or Priestess, according to gender)

Come forth now and enter this sacred site

I Bless you with herb and oil and light.

When all have entered:

 

Priest: ( invokes the Goddess)

Goddess I call to you this night

so you may join our Solstice rite

Goddess: Maiden Mother and Crone.

We cannot raise the Sun alone.

We call upon you now in need

For your blessing now we plead.

You are Beauty and you are Love

Please join us now from up above.

Grace our circle with your Light

so for the Sun we all may fight.

Priest lights the Goddess candle.

 

Priestess: Invokes the God

Lord of Darkness Lord of Light

I beg you join us here this night.

We gather now to celebrate

your rebirth upon this date.

King of all there is to see

we give now praise and thanks to Thee.

All we are, we owe to you

all that is good and noble and true.

Lord of the beast of the herb and the tree

Beloved , revered, and blessed be.

The Priestess lights the Holly king candle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcoming the Sun: Holly and Oak Battle

Priest(Holly):

Merry Meet and blessings bright,

to each and every one.

Join us now in Yuletide Rite,

to welcome back the Sun

Priestess: ( if two priests they now reenact the battle), if one he stands beside the Priestess until death and then kneels)

On this day of longest night

we gather to recall the fight

‘Tween Holly and Oak to rule the Earth.

At stake the mighty Sun’s rebirth.

A long and arduous duel ensued,

every year repeats the feud.

So every winter Solstice day

We gather and for Light we pray.

Holly the king of the waning Sun,

Must now give up his crown.

(Holly king is slain by Oak king, if only one Priest he Kneels before the Priestess and she removes the Holly Crown replacing it with the Oak crown).

Beneath the might of the Oak king’s sword,

The darkness must bow down.

(Priestess snuffs the Holly King Candle)

(Oak King Rises, goes to altar and lights the Yule log candles)

Priest: Once again the Light has won.

It now shall be reborn.

So let us celebrate the Sun

Upon this Solstice morn.

Gather round and share the Light

(coveners come one by one and light their candle from Priest’s candle)

So all the world may see.

Let woe and darkness now take flight

Merry and blessed may you be.

 

 

Meditation/ Magick

(read/play meditation , perform any spells you may desire)

 

 

 

 

 

Cakes and Ale

Priestess: ( Priest takes plate of cakes, holds it up to the priestess who holds her Athame over them)

These cakes a fruit of the Earth now bare

With all now here we wish to share

In hopes her bounty will bloom again

This offering to her we send.

Priestess takes a piece of the cake and places it in the libation bowl and then takes aq piece and eats it and passes it to the priest who also east of it and passes it around to the coven

Priest:( priestess takes chalice of wine, holds it up, Priest takes Athame and dips tip into wine)

We now share this gift of wine

Seed of the God fruit of the vine.

We offer libation unto the earth

urging her too unto rebirth.

Priestess pours a little into libation bowl then sips wine and passes chalice to priest who sips and passes it on to the coven.

 

 

 

 

 

Releasing the circle:

Priest and Priestess:

As we now prepare to end this rite.

We thank the spirits of Ancient Might:

For those of you who wish to stay

Aid us through this night and day

And those of you who now must go

our hopes and dreams please do know

Priest; (Holding arms up in praise, all hold arms up in praise)

Oh lady, Maiden, Mother and Crone .

With you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

 

 

 

 

Priestess:

Oh Lord, Father, Sun and Lover

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priest: (Moves to the East, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the East, Spirit of the Air:

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priest snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

 

 

Priest: (Moves to the South, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire:

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priest snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priestess: (Moves to the West, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water:

With you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priestess snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again

Priestess: (Moves to the North, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the North Spirit of Earth:

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be ,our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priestess snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priestess and Priest return to Altar

Priestess and Priest:

The circle is open yet remains unbroken

to protect against evils said and unspoken

May soon again we merry meet

until then all blessed be.

 

 

 

 

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The darkness is shed  The priest removes his mantle of black to be reborn

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Clad in white as the Earth Mother is I drum up the Sun

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