Beltane: The Coming of Summer
On May 7, 2016, on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, IL, the Sinnissippi Tuath Grove, ADF will present a Beltane Festival. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day with us.
The day will start at 9:30AM with an opening blessing, and then crafts for the kids and workshops in the morning. Workshops will include an introduction to Druidism at 10:00AM, and an introduction to Druid ritual as practiced by our Grove at 11:00AM and includes a song and chant workshop for the ritual for those interested in practicing them.
At noon we will have a potluck lunch – please bring a dish to share (picnic-type foods) and your own place settings, and maybe a picnic blanket to put on the ground to sit on.
At about 1:30 pm we will assemble the Maypole, and Ariana will teach how the Maypole dance is performed. The Maypole dance will be at about 2:00PM.
At 3:00 PM we will have a workshop on Praise Offerings.
Our Beltane Rite will begin at 4:00 PM, after a pre ritual briefing. Our Deities of the Occasion are Danu, Mother of All, and An Daghda, great Father God and God of Plenty. During our rite we will have time for individuals to make offerings, to the Ancestors, Noble Folk, Gods and Goddesses as you are inspired.
There will be ample time during the day for relaxation and fellowship. The closing blessing is at 6:00 PM with clean up and site closing between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM.
All are welcome! See you there!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford
4848 Turner St.
Rockford, IL 61107
Rain site: Margaret Fuller Room in the church.
Please park in the lower lot near the playground. You will see us from there.
Attached are audio of songs and chants we will be using.
- Processional – Come We now
2. Earth Mother
3. Portal Song
4. Manannan Chant
5. Spirit of Inspiration – Hymn to Bridget
6. Ancestors – Mothers and Fathers of Old
7. Spirits of Land and Nature – Fur and Feather
8. Shining Ones – Elder, Teacher
9. Donu Sinnissippi – Spirit of the Mother River
10. Recessional – Walk With Wisdom
The next song is sung as part of the Celebration of Beltane
Hal an Tow