Report on the September Libation

This month’s ritual to honor Demeter and Persephone was quietly attended by both myself and one other person. I was thrilled to see said person come back, because they have been a faithful attendee of the Proto-Demos’ events. Thank you to Z for coming out! A friend of mine on the Hellenion forums helped construct the ritual retelling of the Myth of Persephone and Hades, so I send a hearty thanks to Alexeigynaix of Hellenion for allowing me to use their poem ‘Queen of Darkness.’

I wasn’t nervous at all this time, and I think things went even smoother.

The ritual went as follows:

Ritual cleansing with Khernips

Call to Hestia

Invocation of Demeter and Persephone

Orphic Hymn #40 to Demeter with libation

Orphic Hymn #29 to Persephone with libation

‘Queen of Darkness’ by Alexeigynaix

Personal prayers and offerings

Final Libation to Hestia

Ritual closure with farewell to Demeter and Persephone

If you wish to join in the ritual to honor the Hellenic Deities, come join us at Pagan Pathways Temple in Madison Heights on the 2nd Saturday of the month. I will post a notice here when the date comes closer.

-Lyssa Little Bear

Demarkhos, Apple Blossom Proto-Demos of Hellenion

 

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Report on the August Libation to Hermes

The August libation to Hermes has come and gone, and it went a lot better than the July libation went. I was incredibly nervous my first time but this time it went smoothly. We had a total of ten people in attendance, and we started the ritual with cleansing using khernips (sacred lustral water). I had offerings of apple juice available for everyone to use should they have not brought their own offering.

The format of the ritual was as follows:

Invocation of Hestia after ritual washing

Call to Hermes

Homeric Hymn 18 to Hermes with libation

Tale of Hermes’ Birth, with the Theft of Apollon’s Cattle

Orphic Hymn 28 to Hermes with libation

Community members made offerings to Hermes, including personal prayers and offerings of apple juice

Hestia Farewell

Ritual closure with Farewell to Hermes.

If you wish to join in the ritual to honor the Hellenic Deities, come join us at Pagan Pathways Temple in Madison Heights on the 2nd Saturday of the month. I will post a notice here when the date comes closer.

-Lyssa Little Bear

Demarkhos, Apple Blossom Proto-Demos of Hellenion

The Beginning of the Proto-Demos

Hello! Thank you for finding your way to the Apple Blossom Proto-Demos’ web home. We are members of Hellenion, a group based around Hellenismos/Hellenic Reconstructionism, in Southeastern Michigan. Anyone is welcome to come to our meetings and services! As events arise they will be cross-posted both here and our Facebook page. This page is still under construction as we get off the ground, but stay tuned for events to come!

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