Summer Solstice Ritual

Needed:

  • White altar cloth
  • White candles
  • Summer flowers/fruits/ect.
  • Cauldron filled with water
  • Aspergillum
  • Extra large candle
  • Horned helmet
  • Bell
  • Offerings

Note: The altar cloth and candles should be white. The Circle may be decorated with summer flowers, fruits, green branches or whatever is felt to be appropriate. In the South quarter stands a cauldron filled with water, with an aspergillum beside it. On the altar is an extra, large candle, unlit. Beside or on the altar is the Priest's Horned Helmet.

The Erecting the Temple is performed. The Bell is rung three times.

Covener: "Cease all sorrows!"

Covener: "Cease all strife!"

Covener: "This day is for living."

Covener: "For living this life."

Priest places Horned Helmet on his head and stands in front of altar. He takes extra candle, lights it from regular altar candle and then raises it high in his right hand. Coveners raise both hands high and cry:
All: "Hail, Lord! Hail the Sun God! Hail the light!"

While Priest remains in the center, Priestess goes to stand beside the cauldron. Coveners join hands and dance around the Circle, deosil. As they move around, Priestess sprinkles them with water from the cauldron as they pass. All (including Priest and Priestess) sing:
All: "Comes the Lord of the Greenwood, Greenwood,
Comes the Lord of the Greenwood, Greenwood,
Comes the Lord of the Greenwood, Greenwood
To court the Lady fair.
In the heat of their passion, passion,
In the heat of their passion, passion,
In the heat of their passion, passion
The grain shall rise again.
Comes the Lord of the Greenwood, Greenwood,
Comes the Lord of the Greenwood, Greenwood,
Comes the Lord of the Greenwood, Greenwood
To court the Lady fair."

At the end of the song the bell is rung seven times. Priest replaces lit candle on the altar then he dances slowly twelve times, deosil, around the Circle. As he goes, he says the following, which coveners repeat after him (line by line):
Priest: "I am He who is the Lord and the Light."

All: "You are He who is the Lord and the Light."

Priest: "I am He who is the Sun."

All: "You are He who is the Sun."

Priest: "Let your love shine as does my radiance."

All: "We let our love shine as does your radiance."

Priest: "Let your love spread throughout the world, as does my light."

All: "We let our love spread throughout the world, as does your light."

Priest: "Together with the sun we must also know rain."

All: "Together with the sun we must also know rain."

Priest: "So together with joy we must also know pain."

All: "So together with joy we must also know pain."

Priest: "I am the Life and I am the Hope."

All: "You are the Life and you are the Hope."

Priest: "I am the Death and the Life anew."

All: "You are the Death and the Life anew."

Priest: "Without me there can be nothing."

All: "Without you there can be nothing."

Priest: "With me, you can have all that you desire."

All: "With you, we can have all that we desire."

Priest: "I am He who is the Sun."

All: "You are He who is the Sun."

Priest: "I am He who is the Lord and the Light."

All: "You are He who is the Lord and the Light."

Priest: "As I give light and life to you, so is it meet that you should give to others. Let us all share all that we have with those who have nothing."

Returning to the altar, Priest assumes the God position. Led by Priestess, Coveners move around to bow before Priest and to lay an offering at his feet.

Priest: "Now may you know the true joy of giving. So be it."

All: "So be it."

Priest/ess: "We Wiccans give thanks to the Mighty Ones
For the richness and goodness of life.
As there must be rain with the sun,
To make all things good,
So must we suffer pain with our joy,
To know all things.
Our love is ever with the Gods,
For though we know not their thoughts,
Yet do we know their hearts —
That all is for our good.
Mighty Ones, bless us now.
Keep us faithful in thy service.
We thank you for the crops;
For life; for love; for joy.
We thank you for that spark
That brings us together — and to you.
Help us to live with Love
And with Trust between us.
Help us to feel the joy of loving you
And of loving one another."

All: "So be it!"

The bell is rung three times. Then shall follow the ceremony of Cakes and Ale. After that the Clearing the Temple is performed so that there is plenty of room for fun, games and entertainment. The evening concludes with a feast.