Irish Handfasting

by Tuatha Dea and Damh the Bard

Side by Side/ Ties that bind
Your hand/ My hand/ Hearts intertwined

My best friend Til the end
As long, As long as love shall last

Bride and Groom jump the broom
One heart, two hearts/ Two become one

I will love you (repeated)
I will love you (repeated)
Hearts and Hands (repeated)

Take me as I am
My heart is in your hands
I’ll follow
(repeated)

Join Together (The Handfasting Song)

music & lyrics © Deborah Ann Taylor Nielsen (ASCAP) 2018

https://pagansong.com/seasons/join-together-the-handfasting-song/

Fire and Air come together tonight making the world a most beautiful sight;
Fire and Air join together as one in the light of the moon and the sun.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate the love.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate with us.

Dance with us in the circle tonight! Join in the healing we create in this rite.
When we’re together we connect to the light as we rejoice in the pleasure of love.

Fire and Air come together tonight making the world a most beautiful sight;
Fire and Air join together as one in the light of the moon and the sun.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate the love.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate with us.

The beauty of Earth, the white Moon and her Stars call upon you to celebrate all
The compassion and power of the joy we have found In the ecstasy of Spirit and the wine of life

Fire and Air come together tonight making the world a most beautiful sight;
Fire and Air join together as one in the light of the moon and the sun.
    

LISTEN

Ring Out, Solstice Bells

(Jethro Tull – 1976)

Now is the solstice of the year,
winter is the glad song that you hear.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Have the lads up ready in a line.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Join together beneath the mistletoe.
by the holy oak whereon it grows.
Seven druids dance in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.

Praise be to the distant sister sun,
joyful as the silver planets run.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out those bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.

LISTEN

Song to Brighid

by Lisa Thiel

Blessed Woman come to me
Woman of the Fires,
Woman of Poetry
Blessed Woman come to me
woman of Healing,
Woman of Skillful Means

Blessed woman of the land
Guide my heart and guide my hand
Blessed Woman of the streams
Guide my soul and guide my dreams
Blessed Woman come to me
Woman of the fires
Woman of Poetry,

Blessed Woman come to me
Woman of Healing
Woman of Skillful Means.
Blessed Woman of the hills
Heal all wounds and heal all ills
Blessed Woman of the flame
Awaken me to renew again

 

LISTEN

Festival of Light

by New Troubadors

(Words by David Spangler; Music by Milenko Matanovic)

LYRICS

This is the Festival, the Festival of Light

Sing for the candles burning brightly through the night

Sing for the light abroad that guides our destiny

Sing for the light of love that builds community

 

Sing for the wise ones, men and women who

Light up our way with visions that are true

Sing for our children who are candles of the dawn

Giving us the promise that our light will carry on

 

This is the festival, the festival of light

Sing for the love that shall make this world ignite

A flame with a beauty that awakes in every heart

Sing for the will that can make that fire start

 

Follow the light that leads within us to the birth

Of love and harmony, and peace for all upon the earth

 

We are the festival, we are the light

We are the candles burning brightly in the night

 

We are the festival, we are the light

We are the candles burning brightly in the night

 

We are the festival, we are the light

We are the candles burning brightly in the night

NOTES

Used many times for the Annual Winter Solstice Service.  Esp the first one in 1994.

http://lorianpress.com/troubs.htm

 

Responses for a Cremation

by Ruth Burgess

Into the freedom of wind and sunshine
We let you go
Into the dance of the stars and the planets
We let you go
Into the wind’s breath and the hands of the star maker
We let you go
We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy
Go safely, go dancing, go running home

Responses for a Burial

by Ruth Burgess

Into the darkness and warmth of the earth
We lay you down
Into the sadness and smiles of our memories
We lay you down
Into the cycle of living and dying and rising again
We lay you down
May you rest in peace, in fulfillment, in loving
May you run straight home in God’s embrace