I call upon you, o Readers of the Blog, to pay witness to this tale of experiment and of wonder! I ask you to read this most humble exposition of the plans for the coming weekend, and if it please you, to bless this Blog with a comment…
At this past week’s An Bruane, we decided to do something a little different for our High Day rite this time around. Rodney, having attended several festivals during the last month and seen how other Groves do ritual, wanted us to try to use more formal language and a more formal tone of voice in our invocations. So we decided to try it out for Fall Equinox. Rodney and I will handle all of the Invocations ourselves, so our Grovemates don’t have to worry about me pestering them to take ritual roles, except for the three Purifiers. (For those who want to make offerings or give thanks during the Individual Praise section of the rite, don’t worry, we’re not changing that at all.)
Through the years we’ve developed a more casual attitude toward our invocations, and it does seem to work for us. Indeed, the word “ritual” itself does rather imply a consistently repetitive method. >8) But I look forward to trying something new in the context of the Grand Experiment That Is ADF. Worst case, it doesn’t work for us, we learn that it doesn’t work for us, and we don’t do it again. But maybe we’ll discover something new and interesting.
Check back here next week to see how it went!
Rev. Rob Henderson
Senior Druid, Shining Lakes Grove, ADF