Dip your hand into water, touch your forehead and say: “May I be pure that I might cross through the sacred.”
Dip your hand again, touch your lips: “May I cross through the sacred that I may attain the holy.”
Dip your hand again, touch your heart and say: “May I attain the holy that I might be blessed in all things.”
Sit or stand in front of the deity Altar/Shrine and say a blessing for the three realms:
The Waters support and surround me.
The Land extends about me.
The Sky reaches out above me.
At the center burns a living flame.
Light the candle or flame at the center of the Altar/Shrine. Say:
I light this fire to carry my prayers to the Gods of my ancestors.
Now you ask the gods, nature spirits and ancestors to join you.
I ask the gods of my ancestors to join me in my ritual, I ask my ancestors to guide me, and I ask the land spirits to aid me. I ask all to be a witness to my endeavor.
"Hail Manannan, son of the sea, and father of mist. I come to you with an open heart."
Purpose of the Ritual:
I call on to you humbly, Manannan Mac Lir, to accept me as a student on your path for the next year. I will make offerings to you at midday, each day and honor you on Midsummer's day.
Now it is time to make the offerings:
Pick up the offering for Manannan and raise it above your head and say:
To Manannan, I honor you. I offer you my hospitality and give thanks for your blessings on my endeavors.
Now thanks the gods, nature spirits and the gods for listening to you.
I thank the gods of my ancestors for joining me in my ritual, I thank my ancestors for guiding me, and I thank the land spirits for aiding me. I thank you all for being a witness to my endeavor.