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Broken into chunks for easier editing :-).

General notes

Music: (Morgan notes) I'd like to do at least some of the songs, but I think if we are we should rehearse a bit before hand, so maybe we can have some instrumental accompaniment and so I'm not the only one who knows the tunes :-). See the Lyrics page for the words.

Sacred Time

As it was in the days of Avalon, I call the Druids, the Bards, and the Seers of the past to hear these bells and join with us in this, our sacred rite.

As it is in the present, I call the Druids, the Bards, and the Seers of today to hear these bells and join with us in this, our sacred rite.

As it is in the Otherworlds, I call the Druids, the Bards, and the Seers of the future to hear these bells and join with us in this, our sacred rite.

The Past, the Present, and the Future are joined - all times are now.

OR

As it was in the past, in the times before. As it was in the days of Avalon and Tara, I call the Druids of Old to hear these bells and enter into the Otherworldly tree. Join us this night.

As it is today, in the time of Keltria, of the Grove of the Sacred Well, and of Clan Mac Faoilchiere, I call the Druids of the present to hear these bells and join with the Otherworldly Tree. Be with us this night.

And as it shall forever be, we ask the Druids of the future, those yet unnamed, to hear these bells and join their spirits with the Otherworldy Tree. Abide with us this night.

OR

As it was in the past, in the times before. As it was in the days of Avalon and Tara, I call the Druids of Old to hear these bells and enter into the Otherworldly tree. Join us this night.

As it is today, in the time of Clan Mac Faoilchiere, I call the Druids of the present to hear these bells and join with the Otherworldly Tree. Be with us this night.

And as it shall forever be, we ask the Druids of the future, those yet unnamed, to hear these bells and join their spirits with the Otherworldy Tree. Abide with us this night.

The Past, the Present, and the Future are joined - all times are now.

Sacred Space

I draw the {Direction} to the center so it may join with the Otherworldly Tree. (repeat in each direction)

I walk to the center; I stand at Usneach. Here I plant the Otherworldly Tree. All places are here. We are at the center of time and space.

OR

(NOTE: This part with the cities/gifts won't work if we de-couple the gifts/elements from the directions, as discussed. I'll see if I can come up with something more poetic than the 1st option using the "tribal functions.")

I walk to Leinster, to the East, and stand in the light of the mythical city of Gorias. East, of Lugh's spear, come join with the otherworldly Tree.

I walk to the South, to Muenster, and stand in the light of the mythical city of Finias. South, land of Nuada's sword, join with the Tree. Be with us this night.

I walk to the West, to Connacht, and stand in the shadow of the mythical city of Murias. West, land of the Dagda's cauldron, come join with the otherworldly Tree. Be with us this night.

I walk to the North, to Ulster, and I stand in the shadow of the mythical city of Falias, from whence the Stone of Fal did come. North, direction of destiny, be with us this night through the otherworldly Tree. Show us our destiny.

Alternate Short-Short Time and Space Invocation

(for reference)

We call our kin of the past, the present, and the future, to join us - all times are now.

We call on the directions -- East, South, West, North -- to join us. All places are here. We are at the center of time and space.

Parting the Veil and calling the Triad

(This hasn't changed much if at all over the years; parts in {} were removed from earlier versions for simplification. Bolding just to make it easier to see who's being called in each section.)

O' Manannan, {Lord of the Headlands,} Son of the Sea, guardian of the veil between our world and Avalon, I call to you. I beseech you let the mists between the worlds dissolve that the Ancients may more easily commune with us. So be it!

Ancestors, mothers and fathers of our people, I reach across the veil with my words and call to you. You who have anchored our faith, you of times long ago. {I call to you with the water. I call you with water that is the mighty oceans, with water that is the gentle rains.} I call you with the water of this sacred vessel, and bid you enter that we, your kin, may be blessed by our communion with you. So be it.

I call you, Nature Spirits: spirit of the wolf and the deer, the dolphin and the hawk. I call the spirits of the oak and the mistletoe, the wildflowers and the grasses of the field. I call the spirits of mountains and caves. I call the sprites and fairies, gnomes and dwarves. All spirits of the present, rooted on this earth with us, I call you and bid you enter into this vessel of earth, that we, your brothers and sisters, may be blessed by our communion with you. So be it.

O' Gods, { the preservers, the timekeepers:} I send my voice across the waves to you. I beckon you from the ancient Sidhes and stone circles. I call you, Fathers and Mothers to us all, and bid you {ride the air to this sacred place and} join with the air of this cauldron, that we, your children, may be blessed by our communion with you. So be it.

Alternate Gods invocation: Gods and Goddesses of the Tuatha de Dannan, tribe of our Mother, Danu, I call to you. You who have guarded the secret knowledge, you who have kept the mysteries. Come, ride the air to this sacred place and become one with the air of this cauldron, that we, your tribe, may be blessed by our communion with you. So be it.

Proposed reference to the Gifts/elements after decoupling them from the directions

(pending, but it will be in the form of giving thanks to the gods for the gifts, see Correspondences for notes on that regard.)

Season-specifics

(These were variously designated as Grove Tender, High Druid or High Druidess; I tried to use more generic designators until we decide who's doing what.)

P1: Wherefore have we come to the Grove on this night?
P2: We celebrate Samhuin, season of endings.
P1: And why do we celebrate?
P2: We prepare for the transformation: death to rebirth as reflected this season.
P1: And whom do we honor upon this feast?
P2: We honor Dagda, The Good God. We honor Morrigan, Battle Goddess of Chaos and Death.
P1: And why have we chosen these deities to honor on this occasion?
P2: We honor The Dagda for he embodies a return to order. We honor The Morrigan for she embodies death and chaos.
P1: And what does this time mean to the People?
P2: We celebrate the Gods within us, Morrigan as the Crone, Dagda as the wise Grandfather. We set places for our ancestors at our tables. We make goals for the new year.
P1: Then let us call the Lord and Lady of this feast.
Px: (Takes altar candle and transfers Dagda from the incense cauldron into the candle flame.) O' Dagda, All Father, provider, o' ye keeper of the cauldron of bounty, I call you forth from those gathered here and bid you to join the fire of your spirit with this flame, that your countenance may shine upon us during this, your rite. So be it.
Py: (Does the same for Morrigan with remaining altar candle.) O' Morrigan, Goddess of Battle, Dark Mother of chaos, endings, and rebirth, I call you forth from those gathered here and bid you to join the fire of your spirit with this flame, that your countenance may shine upon us during this, your rite. So be it.

(Px & Py approach center fire cauldron / firepit with candles.)

Px: O' Dagda...
Py: O' Morrigan...
Px: With the flame of your spirit, we kindle the sacred fire.
Py: Who has brought devotions for the Lord and Lady? (Any who have performances may present them at this time.)
Py: (Removes wicker offertory from the altar.) Those who have brought gifts or tokens for the Gods may place them in the offertory, others please direct your energies into the wickerwork. (Offertory is passed sunwise. When it returns to Py, she holds forth to Px.)
Px: (Takes sickle and branch from altar and holds over offertory.) O' Dagda, O' Morrigan, be strengthened by the energies of these gifts we send to you. So be it. (Touches sickle to branch.)

Grove's Choice

(Staying with the classic on this one, but if anyone has proposed changes go ahead and speak (write?) up. One that comes to mind is spreading out the part after the lineage statements among more people.)

HDS: Tonight we celebrate Samhain, Oiche na Sprideanna, Spirit Night, the Night of Remembering. (She moves the cauldron of water to the Ancestor Altar.) On this night we honor the spirits of our ancestors; ancestors of our bodies, ancestors of our spirits. On this night, with the veil thin between the worlds, we welcome them home.
HDS: (Takes up cup) I am Morgan, also called Lorena, daughter of Roberta, daughter of Virginia, daughter of Dolly, daughter of Molly, daughter of Mary, daughter of Elizabeth, daughter of a woman unknown. (Drinks and passes cup widdershins. Each person recites their lineage: men through the male line, women through the female. After the HD finishes he places the cup on the Ancestor Altar.)
HD: We offer the cup of fellowship to the ancestors. They are dead but not gone. We are all one people, and tonight we drink together once more.
HDS: We are not the first. We will not be the last.
HD: We are not the river's source, nor are we it's end.
HDS: Tonight we turn and look upstream and honor our source, before turning again and plunging once more into life.
HD: Tonight we remember our ancestors, gone but remembered. That which is remembered is still alive. Those we remember are with us still.
HDS: We speak their names and remember.

(HDS gives instructions if needed. First remember those who have crossed over in the past year, then all others. Each person remembering approaches the Ancestor Altar, lights their candle, speaks the persons name, and says anything else they feel moved to. When they are done they should say, "We remember you." and place their candle on the altar.)

HD: Ancestors going back into the darkness, forgotten by history, your lives unrecorded. You who are unknown to us but who made us ourselves. You are not forgotten. We remember you.
ALL: We remember you.

Honoring the gods of the feast

Px: (Takes bowl of granola from altar.) Dagda, The Good God, we remember thee through the bounty of your cauldron that sustains us through these dark times. (Passes bowl sunwise; each celebrant takes one.)
Py: (Takes bowl of Raisins from altar.) Morrigan, Battle Goddess of Chaos and Death, we remember thee through the raisin. (Passes bowl sunwise; each celebrant takes one.)

(Px removes chalices of water & mead from altar.)

Py: (Removes sickle and branch from altar, holds above chalices.) Dagda, Morrigan, we have given to you our adoration and praise. Now we ask that you give to us your blessings. Dagda, bring to us your bounty. Morrigan, bring to us your transformation. So be it. (Touches branch to sickle blade.)
ALL: So be it!
Px: Behold - The waters of bounty and transformation! (Pours small amount of each chalice onto ground or, if indoors, into a libation bowl. Chalices are passed sunwise for all to drink.)

Closing

Px: We have received the blessings of the Gods. Our closing draws near. Let us now dismiss those whom we have called.
C1: (Holds cauldron of water above altarplate.) We thank thee, Ancestors for your presence at this rite. Through our communion you are strengthened as are we. Now has come the time to close this rite, so depart across the veil if you must, or stay if you will. In love we bid you farewell. So be it. (Replace cauldron on the altar.)
C2: (Holds cauldron of earth above altarplate.) We thank thee, Spirits of Nature, for your presence at this rite. Through our communion you are strengthened as are we. Now has come the time to close this rite, so depart across the veil if you must, or stay if you will. In love we bid you farewell. So be it. (Replace cauldron on the altar.)
Px: Dagda, we thank you for your blessings. The time has come to return to the air with your brethren. I bid you, let your spirit return to the cauldron of sky. So be it. (Touches the flame to the incense in the cauldron, then snuffs out candle.) (Caution: When wax drips onto a charcoal block and is then touched by the candle, the block will burst into flame. Proceed cautiously.)
Py: Morrigan, we thank you for your blessings. The time has come to return to the air with your brethren. I bid you, let your spirit return to the cauldron of sky. So be it. (Touches the flame to the incense in the cauldron, then snuffs out candle.)
C3: (Holds cauldron of air above altarplate.) We thank thee, Ye Gods and Goddesses of our tribe, for your presence at this rite. Through our communion you are strengthened as are we. Now has come the time to close this rite, so depart across the veil if you must, or stay if you will. In love we bid you farewell. So be it. (Replace cauldron on the altar.)
Seer: (Holds up seashell) O' Manannan, Mac Lir, Lord of the Headlands, Keeper of the Veil, I give you thanks for parting the Veil during this rite so that the spirits of the Ancestors, the Nature Spirits, and the Gods could pass more freely between the worlds. But now is the time for this ritual to end, so, if you must, allow the veil to thicken again. So be it.
Py: (Reverses tree meditation.)
Py: Let us return now to the world refreshed by our communion with the ancestors and nature spirits. Let time and space resume their normal course.
Px: We have received the blessings of Dagda and Morrigan. Let us return to the world strengthened by our knowledge.
Py: It is done. Walk with wisdom.