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Ceremony of Blessing and Naming a New Child

The altar is prepared on the west wall. The representation of Asar is prominently placed there, surrounded by flowers as an offering to the presiding god. Candles are lit on either side, and incense burns in a brazier to one side. On the floor before the altar are containers of honey and wheat. White candles are placed at the other three cardinal points, as are small bowls that will be used to receive the offerings during the ceremony.

The participants invoke Ast and Nebt-Het, whom they represent during the course of the ceremony. Since the child represents Heru, she remains in the arms of the Ast celebrant.

The ceremony begins with the Opening of the Mouth, the Nebt-Het celebrant intoning the names of the gods of the four winds while the Ast celebrant recites the appropriate verses.

Facing the altar, the celebrants perform the Passion of Ast and Nebt-Het as a prayer to Asar (representing elemental earth). An offering of honey and wheat is made to Asar on the altar.

Ast holds up the child to Asar and recites:

"She shall be ------ (magickal name),
She shall be the beloved Heru,
She shall be nourished at the breast of her mother,
She shall ascend to the throne of her father,
Praise unto the beloved Heru!
Praise unto ------ (magickal name)!

The celebrants turn to the south, facing the candle placed for Djewhty (representing elemental air). Nebt-Het recites this prayer while making an offering of honey and wheat:

"And Djewhty came forth! Djewhty, whose words become ma'at. And He said, 'When the night comes, the dawn follows, and drives it away.' Djewhty, come forth from the heavens to save the child for its mother, to protect the child ever after."

Turning to the east to face the candle placed for Ast (representing elemental water), Nebt-Het makes the offering while the Ast celebrant recites the prayer:

"Come, Ast! Life comes to the one for the other. Protect this child as your own; hide thyself with the child of Asar; nourish and sustain her as you nourished and sustained Heru in the hidden place among the reeds. Her limbs will grow strong, her body and mind; and she shall be placed upon the throne of her father and rule the Two Lands. To us, Ast! You, whose breath is life."

Turning to the north, where the candle has been placed for Nebt-Het (representing elemental fire), the Nebt-Het celebrant makes the offering and says:

"Now rises the flame which is Nebt-Het, and she shines upon the Opener of Eternity. Go behind Asar. Come that you may protect us, and lend your strength to us ever after. Come thou in peace, that we may see the two sisters embrace, and we will embrace you. You restore us even as we suffer."

The ceremony ends with the banishing form of the Opening of the Mouth.

This ceremony was first performed by the Rev. Bantik and his wife Lisa during the full lunar eclipse that occurred on September 26, 1996. It was written for their daughter; thus the use of the feminine pronouns.

All materials copyright 2003, Rev. Dr. Corey Bantik