High Rite: Yule

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Yule Winter Solstice in Baltimore Maryland

This year’s Yule Rite ritual will be December 17th 2016 and is co-hosted by Hallowed Ground ProtoGrove, ADF of Gettysburg, PA. The main ritual starts at 5pm,  but please arrive no later than 4pm so that you won’t miss the pre-ritual brief. All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂

We will not be holding an all night vigil this year.

Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.


Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

This year we are having an Anglo-Saxon Rite, and the deities of the occasion and prayer will be announced soon.

Suggested Offerings

  • Alcohol
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
  • Milk & Honey
  • Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)

Ritual Etiquette

  • Do not honor deities of different pantheons than those being honored at this rite
  • Keep all electronic devices like cellphones and tablets off or turned down. Electrical devices ARE, however, allowed to be used to recite offerings.
  • Offerings will be mainly given in silence as a group, but if you have something you wish to say, sing, or recite, let the Chief Liturgist know ahead of time so they can make time for your offering
  • Do not declare any oaths during the rite without expressed permission from the Chief Liturgist well before the rite.
  • During our Yule Rite, the members of CedarLight have the ability to reaffirm their oaths to CedarLight. This is optional, but is also for members who have signed the book only.
  • If your children are noisy or wandering around the ritual space, please remove them temporarily until they can compose again in the ritual space. We are very children friendly, but we also don’t want them accidentally falling into the ritual fire.
  • Membership Beads may be available for members only. Please do not take a bead if you are not a registered member of CedarLight.
  • If you are sick, we ask that you not drink from the horn or chalice during the Waters of Life. We will make sure to have personal vessels available so you can still drink from the Waters of Life without sharing germs 🙂
  • Do not take offerings off of the altar that are not yours

What to Bring?

Bring a Dish for the Potluck!

Participants who bring a dish to share are welcome to participate in the feast. Your dish should serve approximately 6-10 people. Please label whether your dish has meat or not on an index card or paper for our vegetarians. It’s also a good idea to list the ingredients if available for other food sensitivities.

Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:

  • Chili’s
  • Cookies (gingerbread, but all kinds!)
  • Stews and Soups
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pumpkin Pie (pies in general)
  • Stuffing
  • Loaf of grain bread (no white)
  • Anything Seasonal!

There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for 50 cents each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!

Dress Warmly

The High Rite will be done outdoors, and it may be chilly. So be prepared and bring some warm clothes. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too.

Cost/Donations

All CedarLight events have a suggested donation of $10 per person. This can be contributed to Dagda’s Cauldron either at the Grove, or online via paypal to cedarlightgrove@gmail.com. All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.


Yule Auction to support CedarLight Grove!

We will be having an Auction to help raise money CedarLight Center! We will be auctioning off donated goods to raise money for CedarLight Grove upkeep and future projects. So bring some money with you! (Please remember that if you are not a member, you must pay for any items you won before you leave.) We will have the ability to accept credit card payments for all major credit cards.


Annual Bard-Off!

This year we will be holding our 4th Annual bardic competition after revels. Prizes and judging rules to be announced. We welcome anyone who is interested in singing, reciting poetry, storytelling, or anything of the like to join! Performance pieces should run approx. 5-7 minutes, no longer.


Children and Pets

We do not have children’s activities planned for this rite. Children are always welcome, but it is a long night and there is no guarantee of a quiet or comfortable place to sleep. Please be sure to attend your children at all time. We encourage the teaching of proper ritual etiquette. Pets however, are not allowed.