Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

Healing the Earth, One Place at a Time

by Anne Fitzgerald

A ritual to bless a place and make it sacred.

Enter with drums, rattles, bagpipes, singing, banners, flowers, branches, ribbons, earth flags, etc. Stand in a circle in the middle of the space. The drums and singing cease.

Opener:

We have come to bless this place, to make it holy, to make it whole.

We open our hearts and our mouths to bless.

We begin here to heal our Mother Earth.

Invoker of nature spirits:

 We invite the spirits of the ground, spirits of the soil,

We invite the spirits of the plants.

We invite the spirits of the animals, the furred and four-legged.

We invite the spirits of the insects, the many-legged.

We invite the spirits of the birds, the winged ones.

We invite the spirits of all living creatures in the web of life.

to be here now with us, to bless this place.

Pause after each line.

Pause with low drum or rattle.

Invoker of ancient spirits:

Pause after each line.

We ask the spirits who have lived, worked, prayed and played in this place to be here now with us, to bless this place.

We ask the spirits of native peoples who were here for thousands of years to be here now with us, to bless this place.

We ask the spirits of peoples who came from other lands to make this their home, who learned to love this place, to be here now with us, to bless this place.

Pause with low drum or rattle.

Invoker of the Divine:

We ask the Holy One, the nameless One called by a thousand names to speak and act through us, to bless this place.

Pause with low drum or rattle.

Pledger:

Pause after each line.

We regret any harm which has been done to this place by our human kind.

We pledge to refrain from harm to this place or any other place on our Earth.

We pledge to teach our children to feel gratitude to our Earth and treat her and all her creatures with reverence.

We pledge to teach that we are all part of the web of life, that all beings are our relatives.

Pause with low drum or rattle.

Earth Blesser:

 

With earth (rock or handful of grain or seed, scattered on the ground )

We bless this place and make it sacred.

Pause.

Air Blesser:

With air (feather or paper fan, waved in all directions )

We bless this place and make it sacred.

Pause.

Fire Blesser:

 

With fire (candle or incense sticks )

We bless this place and make it sacred.

Pause.

Water Blesser:

 

With water (in cup or bottle, sprinkled on ground)

We bless this place and make it sacred.

Pause.

Everyone:

With our hearts, minds, voices and hands we bless this place and make it sacred.

May this place thrive and be protected from harm.

May this place give peace and joy to all who come here.

(holding out hands.)

Pause.

Gifter:

(leaves seeds, flowers, fruit, stones, grain, something natural which will dissolve into the place OR a small rock painted with the words Sacred Place)

We leave these gifts as tokens to the nature spirits, to the ancient spirits, to the Holy One, that this place is sacred and to be honored.

Pause with low drum or rattle.

Disperser:

 We call for blessing upon all who are gathered here.

We ask you to take this blessing to other places.

Go forth and open hearts.

Teach reverence for our Sacred Earth to people everywhere.

(addressing the celebrants and any others who have joined)

Opener:

It is done! This place is hallowed!

Cheer, bang drums, shake rattles, applaud, embrace!

Note: If any onlooker is curious and asks about this ritual, give them your script and ask them to use it, tell them to gather a group to bless some other place. This ritual will be owned by nobody and everybody. It may be changed in any way as long as the intent and effect is to bless a place and bring healing to Mother Earth.

Do you have suggestions or improvements? Contact annefitzg@live.com.