Temple of Aphrodite Monthly Liturgy

I. Processional of our statue of Aphrodite while singing the opening hymn:

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Chorus:
Aphrodite
I call unto thee
Aphrodite
Come unto me

Verses:
You are serenity
A perfect wonder
You pull me under
I surrender

You are clarity
Inner vision
Source of wisdom
I listen.

You are prosperity
Source of riches
Fulfiller of wishes
Giver of kisses

You are security
Queen of love
Below and above
I give & receive

You are fertility
Seed and birth
The fruit of the Earth
I revel in mirth

You are Mystery
Unquenchable fire
The lust that won't tire
I desire

II. Light Lamp:

"To you, O Aphrodite, we light this lamp. May it burn brightly, like the love in our hearts."

III. Light incense, and put it out immediately in water (combining all four elements in a single gesture)

"To you, O Aphrodite, we light this incense. May your sacred waters heal and quench us."

IV. Orphic Hymn to Aphrodite. This version is from The Sibylline Order

Aetherial, Illustrious, Laughing Queen,
Born of the Sea and Lover of the Night,
Mother of Longing,
All-Connecting, who joins the world in harmony,
All things spring from You, Oh Divine Power.
The Triple Fates are ruled by Your decree,
All the works of craft and love yield to Your hand,
With a smile, Oh Aphrodite,
you sway the all-encircling heavens,
the fruitful Earth and the Storming Oceans.
All obey You, all are awed by You.
Companion of the Brumal God,
Beautiful Goddess of Marriage,
Mother of Love, Lover of the Banquet,
Source of Persuasion who grants secret favors,
Illustrious born, seen and unseen,
Gentle Lover, Lupercal, who smiles upon mortals,
Prolific, Most-Desired, Life-Giver, Kind Goddess,
wielder of the scepter of all the Immortals,
You bind mortals and every tribe of beasts in magic chains of mad desire.
Come, Lovely Kyprian, and bless these rites,
Whether radiant in the heavens,
Or presiding in the temples of Syria,
Guiding Your golden chariot over the sacred floods of Egypt,
Or dancing on the azure shores by billowing seas,
with circling choirs of mortals and beauteous Nymphs with cerulean eyes,
Or riding out along the dusty banks renowned of old,
Or if in Kypris with Your fair Mother, where married women yearly come to praise You,
and the pure virgins sing hymns to You and to Adonis,
Come, Divine Union, for You I call with holy, reverent mind.

V. Food and Drink Offerings (facilitated by Priestess)

To you, O Aphrodite, we offer the gifts of substance. Eat, drink, and may all be whole and well.

VI. All attendees share Gratitudes and Requests (spoken aloud as we anoint the statue with red powder, symbolizing the life force and power She brings for our benefit.)

VII. 15-20 minute flexible working, offered by Temple Priest/ess 

VIII. Oracle Offering using the Vintage Erotica Tarot (each person picks a card or three)

IX. Final word from Facilitating Priestess

X. Recessional with statue

Aphrodite of the sea
Friend of dove and sacred bee
Queen of sensuality
Lay your blessing upon me
That I may walk in love and beauty

*Liturgy and original hymns by Temple Priestess Yeshe Rabbit