Home Blessings, Seasonal Rituals & Milestone Celebrations
Prayer for a New Home
We ask blessings on this house and those who dwell in it. May the strength of its walls provide safety, keeping strife and trouble outside, but may the door always be open wide to welcome friends and family. May this home be a place of rest and comfort, and may it always provide sustenance to all who gather here, filled with love and peace and an abundance of goodwill. And so it is, blessed be.
I do not have to go
To Sacred Places
In far-off lands.
The ground I stand on
Here, in this little garden
My pilgrimage ends.
The wild honeybees
The hummingbird moths
The flickering fireflies at dusk
Are a microcosm
Of the Universe.
Each seed that grows
Each spade of soil
Is full of miracles.
And I toil and sweat
And watch and wonder
And am full of love.
Living in place
In this place.
For truth and beauty
~ Mary de La Valette
Excerpt from a Home Blessing
You stand now at the threshold of your lives, and not just in the literal stepping through of this doorway. It is here, in this house, that you will braid together the strands of love and support you have received from your families, with awareness and respect for the foundations upon which you'll build. Your parents have provided firm roots for you; your siblings have grown alongside you; your friends have supported and stood by you. When you cross over the threshold into your new home, you will also be crossing over into your new lives as Tristan and Philip Vance, mature adults and homeowners.
To everything there is a season
And a time to every purpose under the heavens
A time to be born, a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to tear apart, a time to sew together;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to give, a time to receive;
A time to hold, a time to let go;
A time to keep silence, a time to speak;
A time to love, a time for anger;
A time for war, a time for peace.
To everything there is a season,
And a time to every purpose under the heavens.
~ Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
Excerpt from Milestone Birthday Celebration
With glad hearts we raise our voices in thanksgiving today, with gratitude for eighty years of love and friendship which Carol has been blessed to have, and to share with us. She inspires us with her great generosity of Spirit, her delight in life, her wonder at the world and her kindness toward all those that dwell therein. Carol shows us how to live fully, to greet each day as another chance to learn and grow, ready to awaken the spirit of joy, gratitude and love in others.