A Ritual Opener
Although no longer a member of the druidic church, Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF), I still appreciate much of ADF’s liturgy. The following is a ritual opener I have adapted from some of my older ADF rituals. Besides removing theistic references, I also replaced passive voice with active to emphasize my active role in the world.
I begin this rite by calling for grith,
that in grith, I may receive the voice of the universe
and it may receive mine.
At this time, I set aside my woes
which I am want to blame on all but myself
that I may take responsibility for my future
and express nought but gratitude
for the freedom and opportunities I have to do so.
As I sit before my altar,
I feel the waters support and surround me
delivering me to myself.
I feel the land extend about me
anchoring me to the physical world.
I feel the sky stretch above me
calling me to a higher purpose.
I have arrived at the sacred center,
before Fire, Well, and Tree,
where all that was, is, and may be meet in sacred union.
From here, I prepare myself for the day/work ahead of me.
I warm my heart before the sacred fire
that all I do be in love and kindness.
I cleanse my mind with water of the sacred well
that it be ever open, curious, and discerning.
I grow the sacred tree within myself,
that I might live in harmony with nature.
By Fire, Well, and Tree, have I prepared to (set my intentions, face my demons, face the day, celebrate, other working as desired..)