In discussing last week’s ritual of Anagantios, a common theme came up several times: this ritual made us feel somewhat more mature than most of our rituals have in the past. There was something about the idea of the Grove Priest traveling from house to house, receiving hospitality from each of our members and then offering a blessing in return that deepened our connection to each other, even though we were apart, each in our own homes.
As the Priest that did the traveling, I really feel that this sentiment went the other way, too. The process of going from house to house, from Grove member to Grove member, was a deeply moving experience. It was intimate, quiet, and natural. In this ritual, I felt professional, which is a feeling I have really gotten only when doing prison ministry before.
The act of crossing so many thresholds may have something to do with this: at each house I was warmly welcomed, and every step I took through the door was a step that brought ritual space into the house with me. The house became the center of the cosmos, and each room was a center that aligned with the rest of the house.
Some mentioned that their house feels more relaxed, and that those within the house experience less anxiety since the blessing. Nearly everyone mentioned that, as a Grove, we are becoming ever closer as a result of the monthly rites, and this one seems to have been particularly good for us as a group.
This is the sort of thing that our Priests can and should do for the Folk. We should be bringing the Old Ways into the houses and hearts of those who seek to follow them, and blessing their daily work and lives when they need it most. As we grow in this religion, we will cross many more thresholds, but none are so important as the thresholds of our homes.
Fortunately, it’s what we appear to be doing here in Three Cranes. And that is just as it should be.
-Rev. Michael J Dangler