Libation to HEPHAISTOS

Sponsored by the Artemis Mounykhia Proto-demos and Eranos

 

Held on 03/10/07

 

 

Officiate 1: 

“Koimeson stoma!"

 

Officiate 2: 

“Silence your lips!”

 

Officiate 1: 

“Hekas o hekas este bebeloi!”

 

Officiate 2:

"Let the profane ones depart!"

 

Officiate 3:

"Hear us on this day, great Hephaistos."

 

Everyone:

"Hear us"

 

Officiate 3:

“Hephaistos, famed for inventions, with bright-eyed Athene you taught mortals glorious gifts throughout the world, mortals who before used to dwell in caves in the mountains like wild beasts.  But now that we have learned crafts through you, Hephaistos the famed worker, easily we live a peaceful life in our own houses the whole year round. Be gracious, Hephaistos, and grant us success and prosperity!” 

(From the Homeric Hymn to Hephaistos)

 

Everyone:

"Hephaistos, we sing your praises"

 

Officiate 3:

"May our libations today reach your lips"

 

Officiate 1 (with Officiate 3, Officiate 2, and anyone else alternately pouring):

A libation in your honor, Hephaistos Periklutós, “very famous”

 

Everyone:
”Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Hephaistos Klutómetis, “famed for skill”

 

Everyone:

”Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Hephaistos Amphiguéeis, “the lame one”

 

Everyone:

“Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Hephaistos Aithalóeis Theos, “sooty”

 

Everyone:

”Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Hephaistos Polúphron, “ingenious”

 

Everyone:

“Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Hephaistos Klutotékhnes, “famous artist”

 

Everyone:

“Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

And finally, a libation in your honor,  Hephaistos Kullopodíon, “of the dragging feet”

 

Everyone:

“Hephaistos, we honor you”

 

Officiate 2:

Powerful and strong-spirited Hephaistos, unwearying fire

that shines in the gleam of flames, god bringing light

to mortals, mighty-handed and eternal artisan.

Worker, cosmic part and blameless element,

highest of all, all-eating, all-taming and all-haunting,

ether, sun, stars, moon and pure light;

for it is a part of Hephaistos all these reveal to mortals.

All homes, all cities and all nations are yours,

and, O mighty giver of many blessings, you dwell in human bodies.

Hear me, lord, as I summon you to this holy libation,

that you may always come, gentle, to make work a joy.

End the savage rage of untiring fire

since, through you, nature itself burns in our bodies.

(Orphic hymn, translation by A. Athanassakis)

 

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

 

Officiate 3:

“Hail, Hephaistos, god of fire and crafts!  Grant us your blessings, and we shall assemble in your honor again.”