The Evening Temple Rite

The Evening Rite

A ritual for the night time, for when Ra descends into the Duat with Wesir. Gather offerings, and prepare the shrine. Wash hands and face before the rite and wash out your mouth. Bring water, oil, and any offerings you wish to give.

The Chapter of Anointing With Oil
The magician anoints their brow and hands with oil with the words to be spoken:
I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure.
May I be bathed in Your scent, O Gods.

The Chapter of Lighting The Shrine Lamps
The magician lights the shrine lamps with the words to be spoken:
Receive the light, O Gods, receive the light.
Come to the shrine, O Gods, and receive the light.

The Chapter of Lighting the Incense
The magician lights the incense with the words to be spoken:
Sweet is the incense on the flame, O Gods, sweet is the incense on the flame.
Come to the shrine, O Gods, come to the shrine,
Sweet is the incense on the flame.

The Chapter of Pouring Libations to the Gods:
The magician pours libation to Wesir with the words to be spoken:
This libation is for you, Wesir, this libation is for you,
Coming forth from your servant,
Coming forth before you.
I have come and I have brought you the Eye of Heru
That you may be refreshed with it.
I have come and I have brought to you
The liquid which flows forth from you.

Words to be spoken as the libation is raised to the gods:
I bring to you these libations which have come forth from Abu, from the “Place-of-Refreshment”.
Nun satisfies you.
I have brought to you these libations,
so that your heart may be satisfied with them.

All life is with you, all stability is with you,
all health is with you, all joy is with you.

May offerings of every kind come forth in abundance,
like the things which come forth from the mouth of a god.

The Chapter of Establishing the Boat Before the Shrine:
The magician places the boat and an icon of Temu-Ra before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Come to your boat, shining one.
Come to your boat.
You are established in the horizon,
Upon the boat of millions of years.

The Chapter of Refreshing the Offerings:
The magician makes a voice offering to the shrine, with words to be spoken:
An offering which the king gives to Wesir, Lord of Abydos, Foremost of the Westerners, Lord of Djedu, that he may give a voice offering of bread, beer, water, incense, every good and pure thing on which a god lives.

The Chapter of Invocation of the Night Boat:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with words to be spoken:
Greetings to You, Sobek from Crocodopolis,
Ra, Heru-sa-Aset, powerful God.
Greetings to You, Sobek from Crocodopolis,
Greetings to You who comes from the original waters,
Great ancient being, first of His kind, Great Cosmic Creator!
Greetings to You, who escapes the fish-traps,
and escorts Temu-Ra’s barque through the Duat.
Greetings to You, Sobek the Rager,
Who carries off by violence the enemies of Ra.
Fearsome Crocodile, the earth trembles as You draw near,
and all flee in terror at the sight of You.
Make way, for the Night Barque approaches,
Defended by the mighty Sobek,
Who navigates the waters like no other.
Greetings to You, Heru-sa-Aset,
Greetings to You, who holds the rudder steady,
Great Falcon, whose eyes are sharp and bright,
with piercing beak and fearsome talons ready to shred and tear,
His Eye sees all the enemies of Ra,
None can hide from Him,
and they fall, defeated, as the fire of the Eye engulfs them.
Greetings to You, Heru-sa-Aset,
You, who steers the Night Barque with Your Mother by Your side.
Djehuty and Ma’at keep watch beside You.
Come, now, Great Crocodile of the Faiyuum,
Come, now, Great Falcon, and bring Your Eye
For night has fallen, and Temu-Ra has been established.
Be now at His side, and slay all who wish to harm Him.
Grant Him safe passage, Great Sobek,
Navigate the waters safely, Great Heru-sa-Aset,
And guide Him who rises as Kheper-Ra, and sets as Temu-Ra!

The Chapter of the Invocation of Aset-Nut:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with words to be spoken:
Hail to You, Aset-Nut,
Whose star shines brightly.
The Dog Star heralds the New Year,
as You herald a new day.
Great Aset, Great of Magic,
You who knows the secret name of Ra,
Bind Him close to You and protect Him.
Great Eye of Ra, shoot your starfire at all who threaten the Night Boat
Protect Him, Great Eye, so He may rise again.
Aset-Nut, the starry, starry sky,
You fill the sky with darkness,
Diamonds sparkling everywhere with Iah the only light cast on the earth.
The land sings praises to You as the night falls,
Ever enduring, Aset-Nut, endures forever,
Night and day, day and night,
Aset-Nut watches over Ra,
and He is protected.
Aset-Nut, Great Lady,
Lend us Your magics, so the sun might rise again.

The Chapter of Invocation of Temu-Ra:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Homage to You, Ra!
You who are Kheper-Ra when You rise,
and who are Temu-Ra when You set in beauty.
Welcome, welcome, You are to be adored.
Your beauties are before my eyes,
and Your radiance is on my body.
You go forth to Your setting in the Night Boat with fair winds,
and Your heart is glad; the heart of the Day Boat rejoics.
You stride over the heavens in peace,
and all Your foes are cast down;
The stars which never rest sing hymns of praise to You,
and glorify You as You sink to rest in the horizon of Manu.
You who are beautiful at dawn and dusk,
You, Lord who live, and are established, my Lord!

The Chapter of the Recitation of the Hymn of the Descent into Nut:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Ra descends into the veiled darkness,
Fighting once more to rise again.
Nut takes Him into Her body,
and Ma’at embraces Him with Her arms.
He is seated in His boat, He is established,
and all His enemies quiver as He approaches
The Strongest Lord Set stands proud at the helm,
His spear sharp and ready.
Heru sees all with His Eye as He steers.
Djehuty, Great of Magic and Wisdom, stands ready,
Aset, Great Eye of Ra, watches.
Sobek carries off by violence all who would challenge Him
The barque is protected,
The serpent shall be defeated.
Ra will rise triumphant once more.

The Chapter for Extinguishing the Shrine Lamps:
The magician extinguishes the lamps with the words to be spoken:
As the sun sets, so it will rise again.
The spear of Set pierces the heart of the serpent,
Sobek repels the crocodiles.
Heru steers the boat, while Isis, Great of Magic, stands unconquered.
The Eye of Heru will rise again, triumphant over the serpent.

The magician offers henu and removes the foot.

It is done in this way for millions of years.