The Sacrament

by Ravemore

The Sacrament Ritual is performed during the Sabbat ceremonies. It is a rite that through deep symbolism connects us more intimately to Deity. Within the confines of a ritual circle and consecrated space we invoke, we intone prayer, and we offer thanks for life, will, and power.

The energy that flows forth from the Greater Gods and Goddesses infuse everything. We consume food, which is in turn broken down and transformed into energy for our bodies. The symbolism here cannot be ignored in the Sacrament. Our Great God Lugh gives his life each Autumn to provide for the growing season the following year, therefore the stalks of grain also hold great significance. His flesh is ground and he is consumed in body and blood as bread and ale, so that by his sacrifice we may live on. We rejoice at his rebirth and the continuation of the great cycle. We take the essence of the Gods into ourselves, and we celebrate and contemplate this during the Sacrament.

The cup that holds the ale also has great symbolic meaning. When being blessed it accepts the ritual knife as the woman accepts the phallus, the male form attracted and bewitched by the wiles of Bridgit. When filled with ale it is ripe like the womb of the Mother Danu, holding life-giving substance within it. When empty it represents the underworld and Morrígan, waiting to receive the souls of the dead on the journey from the Low Road. It represents both procreation and death… the cycle of life.

– Cast The Circle.

– Upon the alter place a wooden bowl holding a piece of whole grain bread, an empty cup, and a bottle of dark ale.

-Kneel on both knees and bow before the alter and say:

Great God Lugh, you thrust yourself upon Areadbhar each cycle and your lifeless body returns to the ground to ensure the fields are fertile. You warm us and deliver us from darkness. I thank you for your sacrifice.

-Raise yourself up and remain in a kneeling position before the alter. Pick up the ritual knife and touch the tip of the blade to the bread and say:

I consecrate this bread, symbol of your body, and by consuming it I take within me your essence. You warm us and deliver us from darkness. I thank you for your sacrifice.

-Place the ritual knife on the altar. Take a piece of the bread and eat it, taking a few moments to ponder the meaning of sacrifice. When done, pick up the ritual knife again and dip the tip into the cup and say:

Great God Lugh, you thrust yourself upon Areadbhar each cycle and your blood flows into the ground to ensure the fields are fertile. You warm us and deliver us from darkness. I thank you for your sacrifice.

-Place the ritual knife on the altar. Pour the ale into the cup and consume about half of the contents in one long draught, taking a few moments to ponder the meaning of birth, life, and death. When done, place the cup back on the altar, reserve the leftover bread and ale for the Fey, and say:

Gods and Goddesses, witness this holy sacrament taken in remembrance of the sacrifice of Lugh. Bless me and mine, empower my art, and be with me this sacred night.

-After the Sabbat Ceremony is complete and the circle has been opened, an offering of the remains of the Sacrament is put outside for the Fey.