Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Devotional to Athena

This is a daily devotional to Athena that I designed. I have had a couple people make requests for devotionals and stuff, so this is the first one I have decided to make available.I would also like to note that all this was/is hand-written in a blank journal so I can't just copy/paste things for y'all. I feel that writing it down in a journal first is a great thing, because it makes you think very carefully about what you have written and selected to include in the devotional.

A few more notes, as I have typed this as I have it written a few personal assumptions are made, because I wrote it myself. This is mainly evident in the THUSIA section. I assumed that incense would be burned, and libations would be made. Also be aware that this is designed to be performed at a personal shrine, hence why there is no procession and why the purification is more simple. I have not designed it to be performed at a blazing altar, but it could easily be altered (see what I did there?) to be done as so.

PURIFICATION:
Wash hands and face with khernips. Sprinkle water around shrine.

HYMNODIA:

Homeric Hymn to Hestia:
Hail, daughter of Kronos, Now I will remember you, and another song also.

Homeric Hymn to Athena:
Of Pallas Athena, guardian of the city, I begin to sing. Dread is she, and with Ares she loves the deeds of war, the sack of cities and the battle. It is she who saves the people as they go to war and come back. Hail, goddess, and give us good fortune and happiness.

Orphic Hymn to Athena:
Only-begotten, noble race of Zeus, blessed and fierce, who joyest in caves to rove
O warlike Pallas, whose illustrious kind, ineffable and effable we find
Magnanamous and famed, the rocky height, and groves, and shady mountains thee delight
In arms rejoicing, who with furies dine and wild souls of mortals dost inspire. Gymnastic virgin of terrific mind, dire Gorgon's bane, unmarried, blessed, kind
 Mother of arts, impetuous; understood as fury by the bad, but wisdom by the good. Female and male, the arts of war are thine, o much-formed Drakina, inspired divine
Over the Phlegraion gigantes, roused to ire, thy courses driving dire. Tritogenia of splended mien, purger of vils, all victorious queen. Hear me, o Goddess, when to thee I pray, with supplicating voice, both night and day, and in my latest hour give peace and health, propitious times, and necessary wealth, and ever present be thy votaries aid, o much implored, art's parent, blue-eyed maid.

Homeric Hymn to Athena:
I begin to sing of Pallas Athena, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, savior of cities, courageous, Tritogenia. 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 Athena 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 grey-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 Athena had strippede the heavenly armor from her immortal shoulders. And wise Zeus was glad. Hail to you, daughter of Zeus who holds the aigis

Orphic Hymn to Hestia
Daughter of Kronos, venerable dame, who dwellest amidst great fire's eternal flame; in sacred rites these ministers are thine, mystics much blessed, holy and divine. In thee the Gods have fixed their dwelling place, strong, stable basis of the mortal race. Eternal, much formed, ever florid queen, laughing and blessed, and of lovely mien; accept these rites, accord each just desire, and gentle helath and needful good inspire.

PRAYERS:
Give thanksgiving and prayers to Athena

THUSIA:
'Athena! Come now and accept my offering!'
Give to Hestia the first, then to Athena, then to Hestia the last.

CLOSING:
Sit, contemplate, and then leave silently

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A young man living in North Texas. He is an actor, a Hellenistos, and a proud member of Hellenion.