Water Communion: A Liturgy for reconnection with the waters
This communion can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like it to be. This liturgy is intentionally kept simple so as to increase accessibility.
For this ritual you will need:
1 Cup or Vessle for Water and Potable (safe for drinking) Water
Optional: A potted plant or bowl of Earth and Non-Potable waters collected from a sacred site, holy well, or polluted river and candles, an Altar, or other Ritual Items from your tradition
- Begin by gathering in a circle and taking some breaths in silence together. You could add opening words, a poem, and/or a song here if you want to create a more elaborate ritual.
- Pour the potable water into the cup. One person will lift up the water towards the sky or ceiling. Imagine the rains falling down onto the earth as you do this.
- Offer a prayer or blessing into the water. This person will then lower the glass and speak their prayer or blessing into the water in the cup. This can be offered with words, song, or in silence. Connect with gratitude for the waters of the earth and the waters inside your body as you do this.
- Pass the Cup to the person to your left. The next person will lift the water to the sky and then offer a prayer or blessing into the water as described in the previous steps. Pass the cup around the circle until all participants have offered a blessing.
- Drink or Anoint with the Water. Each person should take a small sip of the water or anoint their body with a drop of water. As you drink or anoint your body with the water, I invite you to feel your human connection with water through the water that is inside your body and your human dependence upon water for survival.
- Offer the water to the Earth. Take the remainder of the water and pour it onto the earth. You might have a potted plant or a small bowl of dirt that is inside the circle with you that you pour the remaining water into symbolically representing a return of the waters to the earth. You may want to perform the ritual outside where you can directly pour the remaining water onto the earth. Or you may want to as a group walk outside together, gather again in a circle and pour the water on the earth together. Here would be another good place to add closing words, a song, or a prayer or blessing from your tradition. If you have non-potable water that you would like to add to the ceremony, you can add this water to the glass before you return the waters to the earth.
I invite you to consider changing this ritual adding elements that may make it feel more resonate for people in your circle. Perhaps adding prayers or songs from your religious or cultural tradition would make it feel more powerful for people in your circle. Perhaps passing around the cup and only a silent breath of gratitude would make this ritual feel accessible for your community. The ritual actions can all be completed by one person or they can be shared by many. Please don’t be afraid to modify and share this ritual widely. Please Share your Visions, Experiences, and Prayers in the comments below!
Blessed Be the Rains
Blessed Be the Oceans
Blessed Be the Waters.