Today we launch the very first SDF liturgy, celebrating the 2012 Winter Solstice. It is a joyous moment for all who’ve committed their time and energy to bring this project to life. Many thanks to the clergy of ADF who’ve inspired and guided this work, and to each and every solitary who reads these words.
This liturgy was created for solitaries, it is designed to be used and customized by solitaries, and, most importantly, it is only the beginning of our journey together. I trust that these liturgies will evolve, shift and change as we grow in fellowship. The words will feel new on our lips, new in our hearts, but in time we will grow close to them. We will find comfort in their rhythm, their regularity, their consistency. Reciting the words alone in our spaces, we will remember that across the land, in houses and under open skies, there are others who are doing the same. They are reading the words,
I am one and we are many.
Fellowship, in solitude.
And those words are both a reminder, and an affirmation. Speaking them aloud is a way of knowing that this Druidry of ours, this tradition that
has been built for us that we build for ourselves, is just as relevant when experienced in solitude as when in a grove. We are a part of something; we are a congregation in solitude.
I have the feeling that some of you will find the experience of a shared practice to be profoundly meaningful, and for others it may seem a bit foreign or uncertain. Regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum, we want to hear about your experience.
Next week, after you and all of the SDF participants have received, personalized and performed your Solstice observance, I invite you to return to the SDF blog and join in a dialogue and discussion about what the experience was like for you. The intention of this session is to voice our subjective and completely valid experiences with the SDF liturgy, and to do so in the spirit of fellowship.
If you find yourself inclined to blog about your experience with the liturgy, please share a link either on the SDF Twitter or in the comments of the post. I assure you that others will want to read about what it was like for you. And if you haven’t already, be sure to follow the Solitary Druid Fellowship’s RSS feed, so that you’ll know when the dialogue about the Winter Solstice liturgy has begun.
Bright blessings to you all. In the darkness of the Solstice, the darkest moment of the year, may you remember that the light returns, that there is goodness in the world, and that while you walk alone, you are not alone on this journey.
The Solitary Druid Fellowship liturgy for the 2012 Winter Solstice was available from Monday, December 17th through the early morning of Sunday, December 23rd. There were over 450 people who requested the liturgy from SDF in that period of time. The Winter Solstice liturgy will be made available again later in 2013 for those in the Southern Hemisphere who wish to join in our shared practice.
The next liturgy to be published will be the February Cross Quarter High Day liturgy. It will be available on Monday, January 25th.
If you participated in the SDF observance of the Winter Solstice, visit this post to share what your experience was like!
Thank you to all who joined in this shared practice. May you continue to pray with a good fire!
The liturgy is here or on the Our Shared Liturgy page.Download