NOTE: This libation ritual was written specifically to honor Athene in Athens, GA.  We chose epithets that mostly related to Her wisdom aspects in honor of the college and city aspects in honor of asking Her protection of the city/town.  For other Athene rituals, the text may be different.

 

 

Libation to ATHENE

For Athens, GA.

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Sponsored by the Artemis Mounykhia Proto-demos and Eranos

 

Held on 03/24/07

 

 

Officiate 1: 

“Koimeson stoma!"

 

Officiate 2: 

“Silence your lips!”

 

Officiate 1: 

“Hekas o hekas este bebeloi!”

 

Officiate 2:

"Let the profane ones depart!"

 

Officiate 1:

"Hear us on this day, great Athene."

 

Everyone:

"Hear us"

 

Officiate 2:

“I begin to sing of Pallas Athene, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, savior of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia.

From his awful head wise Zeus himself bare her arrayed in warlike arms of flashing gold, and awe seized all the gods as they gazed.

But Athene sprang quickly from the immortal head and stood before Zeus who holds the aegis, shaking a sharp spear.

Great Olympos began to reel horribly at the might of the gray-eyed goddess, and earth round about cried fearfully, and the sea was moved and tossed with dark waves.

While foam burst forth suddenly, the bright Son of Hyperion stopped his swift-footed horses a long while, until the maiden Pallas Athene had stripped the heavenly armor from her immortal shoulders.

And wise Zeus was glad.

Hail to you, daughter of Zeus who holds the aegis!”

 (From the Homeric Hymn to Athene)

 

Everyone:

"Athene, we sing your praises"

 

Officiate 2:

"May our libations today reach your lips"

 

Officiate 1 (with Officiate 2, Officiate 1, and anyone else alternately pouring):

A libation in your honor, Athene Poliás, “of the city”

 

Everyone:
”Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Athene Agoraîa, “of the market”

 

Everyone:

”Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Athene Glaukôpis, “owl-eyed”

 

Everyone:

“Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Pallás Athene, “young woman”

 

Everyone:

”Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Athene Athene Ergáne, “workerwoman”

 

Everyone:

“Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Athene Sotéria, “savior”

 

Everyone:

“Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Athene Sophia, “wise”

 

Everyone:

“Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

And finally, a libation in your honor,  Athene Prómakhos, “champion”

 

Everyone:

“Athene, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

“Revered Pallás, you alone great Zeus bore by himself,

noble and blessed goddess, brave in the din of war.

Renowned and cave-haunting, you may and may not be spoken of.

Your domain is on wind-swept hilltops

and shaded mountains, and dells charm your heart.

Arms please you, and you strike men's souls with frenzy, O maiden vigorous and horrid-tempered.

Slayer of Gorgo, blessed mother of the arts, you shun the bed of love

and, O impetuous one, you bring madness to the wicked and prudence to the virtuous.

Male and female, begetter of war, counselor,

she-dragon of many shapes, frenzy-loving, illustrious,

destroyer of the Phlegraian Giants, driver of horses,

Tritogeneia, you free us of suffering, O victorious goddess.

Day and night-- ever into the small hours--

hear my prayer and give me a full measure of peace,

of riches, and of health accompanied by happy seasons,

O gray-eyed and inventive queen to whom many pray.”

 (Orphic hymn, translation by A. Athanassakis)

 

[Any personal devotions, requests, stories, poetry or songs are made/read at this time.]

 

Officiate 2:

“Hail to you, Athene, child of Zeus, protector of the ancient city of Athens as well as our modern city here.  We shall assemble in your honor again.”