The Weekly Shrine Rite

The Weekly Shrine Rite

Notes:
This is to be done on Fridays after cleaning out the shrine and washing the statues. The statues will be cleaned properly to remove oil residue, and everything will be dusted and cleaned and put back in its place.

This is primarily a libation rite, done to offer to the gods once the shrine has been cleaned. The Rite of Purification is optional; if you’re physically clean and feel you don’t need any extra ritual for it, you can skip it. Otherwise, proceed with the Rite of Purification and ensure you are properly purified before the rite begins.

Ritual dress is required. This is the most formal rite of the week, and it should be given appropriate respect. The normal daily rites are not done on Fridays to make room for the time and energy needed to clean and reconsecrate the shrine.

Things You Will Need:
1) Salt and water, for purifications both of body and of the shrine
2) A libation of water and a bowl
3) Small figure or image of Ma’at
4) Purification oil
5) Incense and censer
6) Shrine lamps
7) Matches
8) A bowl large enough for the statues to be washed in, some water, and a towel to dry them with.

Rubric:
A rite to offer to the gods as the shrine is cleaned out and purified. To be performed on Fridays, with an offering of incense, water, and all good and pure things on which a god lives.

The Chapter of The Rite of Purification (optional):
The magician blesses ten grains of salt with the words:
My natron is the natron of the Netjeru
May it purify me of all that is impure

The magician blesses a bowl of water:
My water is the water of the Netjeru.
May it purify me and wash away all illness

The magician mixes the two together, and proceeds to purify his body and mind, and all orifices of the body.

The Chapter of the Presentation Before The Shrine
After the washing of the body, and the dressing in clean linens, the magician stands before the shrine as the words are spoken:
I have bathed in the pure waters,
I have clothed myself in white linen,
I have eaten the natron of the Netjeru,
I bathe myself in your scent,
that I may be purified.

The Chapter of Offering Reverence Before The Shrine
The magician offers henu to the shrine. The magician anoints his forehead with sacred oil as the words are spoken:
O Isis, O Heru,
O Wesir, O Sobek,
Bathe me in your scent, O Gods.
I have purified myself with the eye of Heru
so I can make these rituals with you.

The magician speaks the opening prayer:
Hail to you, Isis,
Hail to you, Heru,
Hail to you, Wesir,
Hail to you, Sobek,
Hail to you, gods,
who come forth from Shedet
I come before you purified,
bathed in the scent of the Gods,
to make these ritual with you.

The magician opens the shrine.

The Chapter of Lighting The Lamps
The magician lights the shrine lamps as the words are spoken:
Come in peace, O Gods,
You who reside in Shedet,
and receive the light.
I am purified.

The Chapter of Lighting the Incense
The magician lights the incense as the words are spoken:
Hail, censer of the Gods,
May the scent of the gods purify and bless me.
I am purified.

The Chapter of Offering Ma’at
The magician offers Ma’at to the shrine as the words are spoken:
Hail to you, O Gods
You who reside in Shedet
I am Djehuty, and I bear Ma’at before you.
May She be with you in all places where you are.

The Chapter of Returning To Zep Tepi
The magician asperges the shrine with the blessed salt water with the words to be spoken:
Hail to you, O Gods,
Hail to you, who reside in Shedet,
The waters of Nun surround You,
This is the moment of the First Time,
When Sobek emerges from the waters,
With Ra upon His back,
Where the temples first stood,
Where the bones of the gods first formed,
Where everything is purified by Zep Tepi,
It is pure, it is pure,
It is pure, it is pure.
You are purified in the waters of Shu,
Ma’at exists everywhere you are.

The magician washes the statues with the water and returns them to the shrine.

The Chapter of Reciting The Litany of Shedet
The magician recites the Litany of Shedet with the words to be spoken:
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, your child calls to you now.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, you shine bright with radiance.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, receive the light.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, the incense of the gods draws you near.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, come, the offering tables are full.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, your priest is come to the temple.

Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Isis, Renenutet, Lady of snakes.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Isis, the throne is the foundation of the Kingdom
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Isis, mother of the gods, whose milk is sweet.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Isis, who endlessly searches for Wesir.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Isis, the Lady of the Beautiful Arms.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Isis, who is welcomed with the scent of roses

Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Heru, mighty King, who protects His father.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Heru, warrior, avenger, and rightful heir.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Heru, who soars above the marshes.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Heru, who shines with radiance in the darkness.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Heru, bright falcon, who soars across the horizon on the Day Boat
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Heru, who rises victorious as His enemies lie defeated.

Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Sobek, Great Crocodile, who rises from the lake like Ra.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Sobek, Lord of the Marshes.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Sobek, who repels the crocodiles.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Sobek, who gathers the bones of His father, Wesir.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Sobek, who carries Ra safely through the Duat as the Night Boat.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Sobek, who lives in the horizon at Bakhu forever.

Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Wesir, Lord of the Duat.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Wesir, gentle lord, who offers patience and comfort
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Wesir, Great King, Lord of the Two Lands.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Wesir, who cares for the stars that never rest.
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Wesir, the Foremost of the Westerners
Hail to you who resides in Shedet, Wesir, who knows the mysteries of Death.

Hail to you who reside in Shedet, O Gods, come to the shrine.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, O Gods, come to the shrine.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, O Gods, come to the shrine.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, O Gods, come to the shrine.

Hail to you who reside in Shedet, your child calls to you now.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, you shine bright with radiance.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, receive the light.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, the incense of the gods draws you near.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, come, the offering tables are full.
Hail to you who reside in Shedet, your priest is come to the temple.

The magician offers henu before the shrine.

The Chapter of Making Offerings Before the Shrine
The magician makes a voice offering before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
I come to make an offering which the King gives to Shedet, to Isis who commands the stars, to Heru who knows the skies, to Sobek who knows the waters, and to Wesir who knows the land, so that he may give a voice offering in bread, beer, water, ox, fowl, alabaster, linen, and everything good and pure on which a God lives. May your hearts be satisfied with these offerings.

The magician pours a fourfold libation to the gods with the words to be spoken:
This libation is for you, Isis.
This libation is for you, Heru.
This libation is for you, Sobek.
This libation is for you, Wesir.

The magician lifts the libation bowl with the words to be spoken:
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 hearts 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 magician offers bread to the gods with the words to be spoken:
Hail to you, O Gods,
I bring to you the bread upon which a god lives,
Which satisfies your heart,
May you be strengthened with the bread of the gods.

The magician reverts part of the food and water offerings, and sets them aside to be consumed at the end of the rite.

The Chapter of Receiving the Wisdom of the Gods
The magician sits in the silence in the presence of the gods, to make prayers of his heart, and to seek the wisdom of the gods in answer to his questions.

The Chapter of Closing the Rite
The magician recites the closing prayer with the words to be spoken:
Hail to you, gods of Shedet,
Isis, whose face is beautiful,
Heru, who comes forth with His mother,
Sobek, who collects the bones of His father, Wesir.
Wesir, who is established in this place forever,
I have come before you purified
to make these rituals with you.
I have offered praise to you, O Gods of Shedet
I have offered ma’at to you,
I have offered water and bread to you,
I have bathed in your scent, O Gods of Shedet
I thank you, O Isis
I thank you, O Heru
I thank you, O Sobek,
I thank you, O Wesir.
I thank you, o gods, who have come forth from Shedet
I am Djehuty who has completed the rites in their correct form.
Ma’at is established in this place forever.

The magician closes the shrine, and extinguishes the shrine lamps.

The magician offers henu before the shrine.

The magician removes the foot to end the rite.

It is done in this way for millions of years.