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Ritual Calendars and Occasions

Ritual time and the cycles of nature are vital, both within individual rites and in larger liturgical calendars. This course seeks to bring the student understanding of the nature of sacred time, both within ritual and within their lives. It also seeks to begin an understanding of occasions that are not tied to a ritual calendar, but that every liturgist must deal with (Liturgical Writing 3 will delve deeper into this aspect of ritual occasions).

  1. Describe your understanding of the relationship between linear time and cyclical time. (150 words)
  2. Describe a cycle of stories or deities for the eight Neo-Pagan High Days as they might be celebrated in ritual. The cycle of stories must be drawn from a single hearth culture. (50 words per High Day)
  3. Discuss the ritual calendar of one pre-Christian Indo-European culture. Describe how at least eight High Day rituals based on this culture might be celebrated in an ADF context. (150 words for the calendar discussion; 50 words for each ritual)
  4. Describe a possible ritual calendar based on two different natural cycles (such as the daily cycles of sunrise and sunset, seasonal cycles, the cycles of the moon during the month, or the cycles of the sun throughout the year; man-made cycles such as calendrical weeks or months do not count for this requirement) and how you might apply this calendar to your own religious life. (200 words min)
  5. Give an overview of a ritual response for five non-calendrical ritual occasions (such as rites of passage, commemorations, healing rites during surprise hospital visits, troop deployment, rites of protection and healing). (min. 25 words for each)
  6. Describe how your local climate affects the ritual calendar of your hearth culture (150 words min.)


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