Basic Hellenic Ritual
Set up working shrine with the following: image of God/dess, knife, khernips, khernips bowl, offerings including: barley, flowers, grape juice/wine, blessing cups, libation vessel, olive oil, salt, bread, candle/lamp, incense, charcoal, incense burner, bay leaves and matches.
Wash your hands in the khernips which is placed in a bowl outside the sacred space.
At this point state, “Let all that is profane be gone!“
Take barley and throw the offering of cleansing upon the shrine and upon the sacred space and say,
“Hekas hekas este o-bebeloi” (Afar, Afar, O The/Ye Profane).
Form a formal procession and walk towards the sacred space carrying the offerings with you.
Present the offerings to the God/desses by holding them up in a gesture of offering and placing them on the shrine before forming a semi-circle around the shrine. You do not need to speak to do this but may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.
Sprinkle khernips over offerings to purify them with the words “Xerniptosai” (be purified).
Read out a hymn to Hestia (the first and foremost) and offer a libation in her name.
Read out hymn to specific God/dess and offer a libation in their name.
Offerings and Blessing Request
Present any offerings.
These can be in the form of items lifted up to the heavens, in the form of hymns or prayers you would like to read out, any petitions of askance, blessings or the like and lastly any jewelry or ritual tools may be consecrated using the khernips.
Pour a libation for God/dess.
Partake of the libations if so inclined.
Thank God/dess by saying:
“God/dess, in your name we gathered, thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.”
Ritual is complete.
This is now when the “feasting” part of the ritual takes place ensuring that afterwards the shrine is disassembled and cleaned up.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2012