Ritual Chants

Here you will find lyrics and other resources related to our ritual chants.  Much of this page consists of links to other websites, notably Muin Mound Grove in Syracuse, NY.  They have recorded many popular ADF chants so that you can hear how they sound.  We have decided to only include the chants that we have used in our rituals.

Processionals

Blessed with the Waters of Life – by Alex DelBusso (MP3 here)

We are blessed with the waters of life
And the air that we breathe
Will bring us freedomAnd the fire that we kindle tonight
On this sacred earth
Will bring us together
Spirits together

Come We Now as a People – by Ian Corrigan (audio here)

Come we now as a people
To gather at the sacred well.
Come we now as a people
Together in the warmth and the light of the flame.

I Am Walking – by Phoenix (MP3 here)

I am walking, walking, walking.
I am walking, walking, walking.
I am walking home.
I am walking home.
We Approach the Sacred Grove – by Sean Miller (MP3 here) (additional audio here) (sheet music here)

We approach the Sacred Grove
With hearts and minds and flesh and bone
Join us now in ways of old
We have come home.

Earth Mother Chants

Earth Mother – author unknown (MP3 here)

Earth Mother, we honor your body
Earth Mother, we honor your bones
Earth Mother, we sing to your spirit
Earth Mother, we sing to your stones

We All Come From the Goddess – by Z Budapest (audio here)

We all come from the Goddess
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean.

We Are of the Earth – by Grey Catsidhe

We are of the Earth
We are of the Earth
We are of the Earth
Oh, we are of the Earth!

Gatekeeper Chants
Gatekeeper Open the Portals – by Richard MacKelly (MP3 here)

Gatekeeper open the portals,
Between the Gods and mortals,
Power freely flows,
As our magic grows.


Three Realms and Three Hallows

Fire Bright Fire – by Pandora (MP3 here)

Fire, bright fire
Gate to the Shinning Ones
Fire, bright Fire
Our passage to the Sky
Fire, bright Fire
Warmth of our Community
Spark of Life
We honor you now

Well, deep Well
Gate to the Underworld
Well, deep Well
Our passage to the Sea
Well, deep Well
Wisdom of the Ancestors
Waters of Life
We honor you now

Tree, great Tree
Gate that reaches everywhere
Tree, great Tree
With you we share the Land
Tree, great Tree
Our passage to the Otherworld
Source of Life
We honor you now

Portal Song – by Ian Corrigan (MP3 here) (additional audio here) (sheet music here)

Come we now to the well
The eye and the mouth of earth
Come we now to the well
And silver we bring
Come we now to the well
The waters of rebirth
Come we now to the well
Together we sing

Chorus:
By fire and by water between the earth and sky
We stand like the world tree ,
Rooted deep, crowned high
By fire and by water between the earth and sky
We stand like the world tree ,
Rooted deep, crowned high

We will kindle a fire
Bless, all and with harm to none
We will kindle a fire
And offering pour
We will kindle a fire
A light neath the moon and sun
We will kindle a fire
Our spirits will soar

Chorus

Gather we at the tree
The root and the crown of all
Gather we at the tree
Below and above
Gather we at the tree
Together we make our call
Gather we at the tree
In wisdom and love

Chorus

Nature Spirits Chants

Fur and Feather – by Sable (MP3 here)

Fur & Feather & Scale & Skin

Different without but the same within.

Many of body but one of soul

Through all creatures are we made whole.


Hoof and Horn – by Ian Corrigan (MP3 here)

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn.
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls shall raise again.

Ancestor Chants

Ancient and Strong by Phoenix of Muin Mound Grove, ADF (MP3 here)

Ancestors calling to me
Power ancient and strong
Elders, sage, wise ones be
We have known you all along

General God and Goddess Chants

Hail All the Gods– author unknown (MP3 here)

Hail all the Gods
 Hail all the Goddesses
Hail all the Holy Ones
We dwell together

Specific Deities
Birgita – by Lisa Theil (MP3 here)

Birgita, Birgita, Goddess of the flame
Birgita, Birgita, Goddess of the flame
Awaken the flame within my being
Awaken the sacred fire within my being

Hymn to Brighid (English Only) – by Isaac Bonewits (audio here) (additional audio here)

O Bridget, our heart, o brightest Queen;
cast your blessings unto us.
We are your children, you are our mother;
so hearken unto us.
You are the cauldron, now in our grove;
Wise Woman inspire us.
O fire of love, o fire of life;
please Bridget, come to us!

An Dagda Chant – by Grey Catsidhe

An Dagda is the Good God
An Dagda is the Good God
The laughing God, the lusty God
The God of plenty!

Omen Chants

Speak to Me – by Phoenix (MP3 here)

In this chant, “Goddesses” and “Gods” often becomes replaced by a variety of other Kindreds, specifically named deities, spirit guides, etc.  Everyone may be saying different names, and the chant continues until the seer has finished taking the omen.

Speak to me,
Speak to me Goddesses.
Speak to me,
Speak to me all the Gods.

Ritual Ending Chants

Celtic Blessings – author unknown (MP3 here) (midi here)

May the road rise with you,
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again
May They hold you in the hollow of Their hands

Now the Rite is at an End – by Paul Kershaw and Marae Price (midi here)

And now the rite is at an end, again we’re parting ways
May truth and honor be your friend and lucky be your days
I’ll hold you dearly in my heart, I’ll hold you in my mind
And though our branches grow apart, our roots shall be entwined.
Walk With Wisdom – by Sable (MP3 here) (more audio here) (sheet music here)

Walk with wisdom, from this hallowed place.
Walk not in sorrow, our roots shall ere embrace.
May strength be your brother, and honor be your friend,
And luck be your lover, until we meet again. 

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