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« Topic Start: May 14, 2011, 02:52:04 pm »

I would like to share two moving ancient recitations from the ritual for the Beautiful Feast of the Western Valley that appears in the book Eternal Egypt by Richard Reidy. The ritual is an annual festival for the blessed dead. The first recitation summons the spirit or spirits being honored:
  “Come forth, O Ausir N, justified. Come forth Ausir N, justified, born of N (justified).
Awake! Turn yourself about, back toward life! Raise yourself up. Bring yourself to me. Arise and receive offerings from my hand. I will be a helper for you.”
  "May you emerge from the earth and behold Ra. May you follow Amun in this, his beautiful festival of the desert valley."

The second recitation accompanies the offering of incense. The ritualist is addressing the deceased:
  “Crossing the river you see heaven, while the fragrance of incense is in front of you and you ferry across heaven adorned. As a transfigured and equipped spirit [Akh] you are adorned most richly, and you eat bread and offerings in front of Ra, from the altars of Djehuty while your intelligence is given to you in the House of Intelligence and your heart in the House of the Heart and an offering is made for you and for your Ka and for your body. Your Ba is in heaven and your body is in the Duat, twice great and twice mighty. You wake up sound and intact in heaven and in your resting place, Ausir, chief of the Westerners, beneficent one, who has no failure in his deeds, and Ausir N justified, born of N (justified.” 
 
Recently the temple I belong to did the full ritual. It takes an hour or so, and brings together so many insights into how the ancient Egyptians expressed their ongoing relationship to their departed family members and friends. We also did the ritual last year and I find that by repeating it, the ritual becomes more familiar and actually more meaningful. Even if a person did not feel able to do the full ritual, there are so many beautiful sections that it would be pretty easy to select a few for personal use.
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« Reply #1: May 14, 2011, 03:21:17 pm »

I would like to share two moving ancient recitations from the ritual for the Beautiful Feast of the Western Valley that appears in the book Eternal Egypt by Richard Reidy.

I recently got a copy of that book, and so far I've been quite impressed. I decided to spring for the hardcover edition, and I'm glad I got it.
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Recently the temple I belong to did the full ritual. It takes an hour or so, and brings together so many insights into how the ancient Egyptians expressed their ongoing relationship to their departed family members and friends. We also did the ritual last year and I find that by repeating it, the ritual becomes more familiar and actually more meaningful.

I've always thought this was a beautiful ritual, but it was particularly meaningful this year. I got a sense of serenity and contentment from knowing that my ritual acts could help my brother ascend to a better state.

Last year I did this ritual and was struck by the intense energy.  This year it was very different.  I didn't feel the same intensity but  it flowed better.   I was more comfortable with the ritual acts.  Once upon a time I saw this ritual as sort of intimidating.  Now it's something I reach to for comfort.
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