Ktistesia, the Treasury of Apollon’s founding anniversary, and day for the purification of altars. It derives its name from Ktistes, the title of the hero-founder, one who would have founded a city, dynasty, or institution in times past. And the One whom we focus this adoration upon, as our Founder, is of course, Apollon, who rules the family that is our Sisterhood. Ktistesia provides a time for us, as Sisters, to come together, no matter how far apart, to take our places as the first roots in a system that may yet stretch deep and wide across time and distance, should that remain Apollon’s will.
Today is a busy day, so the ritual of Ktistesia is a simple one, which leaves plenty of time for the work of dusting, washing, and wiping altars, shrines and statues. It is advised that the general house cleaning be taken care of previously, so that your mind may be focused solely upon the spiritual work ahead. You will need only a small altar, and whatever items bring you closer to Apollon, as well as offerings, incense, and a libation. You will also utilize your own bodily energy, and sincere adoration of Apollon.
If you are in a group, each person will take another by the wrist of their adjacent arm, as they stand next to one another. Close the gap to form a circle around your altar (representing unity), whereupon you have laid offerings and burned incense. If you are alone, you will grasp your own wrists, holding your arms out in front of you, in a kind of circle, as you stand before the altar. The Ritual Facilitator lets out a cry of longing, and begins to evoke Lord Apollon, in whatever way is appropriate and agreed upon.
The crying out must not be skipped. This ritual, though brief, is designed to evoke emotion and familial attachment between us Sisters, and between our Sisterhood and Apollon, present and future. We are emotionally attached to our families, therefor we must demonstrate this with authenticity. I genuinely love and care for all of you. I genuinely want all of you to succeed. And like any dynasty, we should be concerned with the excellence we leave in our wake. And if we are lucky, as well as persistent, it will build upon each successive generation.
As that is our hope, in this ritual we offer these future generations solace and care, and a place and family with which to unburden themselves, along side us here and now. We are their foundation. Let them lean upon us. Let us be solid, yet flexible within the shifting ground.
After the evocation, and Apollon has revealed His presence, comes time for standing firm. At this stage of the ritual, still in our circular stance, we simply pledge to be the strength of the Treasury, to uphold its foundations, and to strive toward excellence, in Apollon’s name. We pledge to hold our Sisters in their burdens, and to keep compassion and tenderness in our hearts. We pledge to be the firsts roots of the great tree, soaking in the nutrients needed to sustain our Treasury in the years to come. And we pledge to tend this tree, and to help it to grow tall and outward stretching, as our Lord sweeps across the world. We are the roots, intertwined. We are the system than endures. These pledges may be uttered spontaneously, or memorized as you please. What matters is that they are heartfelt.
Once the pledges are made, we release our/each others’ hands, raising them to the heavens, in the traditional pose, as the Ritual Facilitator entreats Apollon for His blessings in this endeavor. And other offerings from the Sisterhood may be laid upon, or around, the altar at this time. Ritual Facilitator then offers thanks to Apollon for His presence and blessings. A final libation is made at this time, with all Sisters expressing our gratitude, and hope for our Treasury’s future. Again, we thank our Lord, Apollon Ktistes (Apollon the Founder), concluding the ritual.
Afterward, get to breaking down all altars that you wish to be cleansed, and start the important work of the day. Blessed Ktistesia, Sisters!