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Author Topic: Ritual--what do we do?  (Read 4890 times)
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« Reply #10: October 14, 2009, 05:32:59 am »

This is kind of a spin off from the purity thread. 

So once we get pure, what do we *do* to honor the Netjeru? 

I know there are different daily rituals from HON's Senut to Per Ankh's Daily Rite to Akhet Hethert's Daily Rite.

I even wrote one for myself because I wanted to seperate myself from the temples which I no longer belonged.  I wanted something that was mine. 

I wrote the Sehedjet rite a few years back.  I have two versions of it.  One with four libations and one without.

Here is the one without:

The libations are thus:

"I pour a libation for the Akhu, (name Akhu)
May You shine in the veil of Nut,
May You dwell in the Field of Reeds,
May You be Imperishable Ones,
May You shine like Ra, forever.

I pour a libation for Ma’at,
May my Heart be weighed by Your Wings.
May I be Justified.
May I be Pure.
May I be True of Voice.

I pour a libation for Ra Heru Akhety,
May the Serpent be crushed beneath Your sandals
May Aset and Nebet Het lift You up
May Ra burst forth on the Horizon
May dawn be born.

I pour a libation for the Eye of Heru,
Glimmering Moon, waxing and waning, may You be whole.
Shining Sun, may You rejuvinate the Lands in all Your Glory.
Aset's Water, may You sprout the precious vineyard.
So that my heart may be filled with the joy of Your love."

Four Libations by me.

My question here is what do we know from ancient rituals, what do we keep and what do we discard?  I know hours long ritual in our modern world aren't doable, so what in the daily rite would be feasable to keep? 

The offerings of fire, water and incense seem to be a consensus of what was offered.  Do we keep these?  Do we not?  Do we full henu also called Embracing the Earth (bow with our head touching the floor), henu or also called dua (arms paralell to your chest and palms outward toward shrine) today or do we discard these ancient gestures of worship? 

Do we shower and just light a candle or offer incense then the rite's done? 

I'd like to also discuss the theological reasons behind the ritual too such as Darkhawk has done in the other thread on purity. 

Hm... I am simple in worshiping...
Personally, Henu for me is when I say in every prayer, that all my deeds, all that I do, say, think during the day is an offering to Netjeru. I use Natron once weekly. Then I pour rose incense on little clay statues which I made. Next, I burn the candle, bring some drink, usually milk, and something to be eaten. Usually candies. Smiley Then I pray, for the world, and for myself. And it's done for me. I consume offerings, and leave the candle to burn down. Aset ordered me to celebrate Her and others in that way... It works superb for me.

The Greatest One, Slayer of evil serpent - the opponent of Majestic Ra, bless all of us...

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