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September 1st, 2006


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09:55 am - The Consecration
As most of you know, I was consecrated as a Dedicant Priest in Ár nDraíocht Féin last weekend at Summerland.

Here are some things that stand/stood out about the whole event:
  • My parents came. This doesn't really sound like a big deal to most people, I imagine, but the fact is, I was able to share something like this with my family, a luxury that not everyone has in this community (in fact, few people do). My father called it, "fascinating. . . in a good way," while my mother noted it was "cool." We will count this as a smashing success.
  • My Grove was able to attend. Not just a couple of members, but a large number of members. My theological reasoning for wanting to be consecrated at Summerland was because that's where I took my Dedicant Oath. But really, I wanted to be where my Grove could come, where they could stand beside me.
  • The rite was embarrassingly about me. Of all the things that happened, this really weirded me out the most. I thought I was showing up to a Unity Rite, but it seems like every invocation mentioned me. I was, I think, too confused by this to be anything else. But I was completely startled by invocations asking the Nature Spirits to guide "this young man being consecrated as priest today" and such things.
  • To an extent, the ritual got in the way. Around noon on Friday, something happened in a conversation that sent me into my usual working defense, and I started working on study programs for ADF. I mostly failed to fret about the ritual, bought my sacrifices at the last minute, and didn't script a thing. I wanted to work, not be recognized.
  • But damn, the ritual was good. The ritual was a very good ritual: well put-together, well-run, and amazingly clean. I got a lot out of it, and I felt again like I did in that first rite with 6th Night, and like I have at the Summerland Rites in the past.
  • I saw my name with the word "Reverend" in front of it for the first time. This actually happened two days before the main rite. What most people don't understand is that I've never seen a title appear before my name. Not once in my entire life. To see the word "reverend" written out and placed deliberately in front of my name was. . . amazing. I cannot possibly describe what I felt when I saw it.
  • I found a picture that says it all. There are several good pictures on my camera from the rite, but one in particular shows me everything. I can barely look at it without thinking about it and how amazing it is to me.
  • I realized that I haven't done much. It sounds silly to say, but as I was being told to look at what I've done with this Grove and in ADF, all I could think was, "I did nothing without you. I did nothing without the Kindreds. I did nothing alone." I'll stand by that.
  • A Grove is not a list in the ADF Office; it's written on our hearts. I cannot stress that enough. I know what my Grove is, and I know it deeply and desperately.
  • There is more work to be done. I thought a lot about this: I'm busier than I ever was before, and I can feel it gearing up for more. And I look forward to it more than I ever have before, too.
On a related note: the Study Program stuff I'm working through is going well.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: "Tin Cup Chalice", -JB

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From:tesinth
Date:September 1st, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Sorry I didn't bring my camera, coulda got some better shots... I did think about bringing it, but not until Sat. morning, which wouldn't have given the batteries a good enough charge.

Also, has anyone expressed an interest in videoing these things? You'll only need a couple well-placed (and out-of-the-damn-way) medium-grade cameras and a decent edit guy to come out with a nice recording. Of course, I haven't started burning DVDs yet, so there may be some of that on there (just got the blank DVD+Rs last night).
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
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There is a lot of thought about recording. In fact, it's high on the list to start doing. Problem is, few people have the equipment.

Though even a ritual from a single angle would be useful, honestly.

Interested in possibly recording a full ADF rite with me? Maybe start with a solitary ritual at my altar?
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From:singingwren
Date:September 1st, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
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*warm fuzzy feelings*

Thanks for being there today when I called. I'm glad I didn't need you for the priestly services of a funeral. Because, if I called you and ask you to bury me, I bet you would be very annoyed... :P

Also congratulations, which I now have license to says as often as I want. :D It's pretty sweet that you have the title Reverend, although I think Curtain-Tamer would be acceptable too. I had never really thought about the importance of titles since High School got me very used to 'identification' titles -- you know, dorky stuff like "Managing Editor Messinger." I was called "Miss Messinger" instead of Anna for virtually forever, too, and while "Miss" ain't a title, I probably get/got called "Miss Messinger" even more than you get addressed as "Mr. Dangler." People have a thing with calling interns "miss." Even when they know your first name, they'll still call you something assinine like "Miss Anna" -- which I hate. Way better to be Reverend Michael J Dangler.

As for work to be done... of course. Quit shitting around on LJ and do something useful. ;D


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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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"Mr. Dangler" isn't my name, it's my father's. So while that has appeared, I've always corrected it. So I've never seen *my* name with a title in front of it, in my way of thinking.

Re: getting stuff done, I'll have you know that I just updated the ADF site again. . . Not an article this time, though. But I'll do a few more of those soon.
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From:acousticdryad
Date:September 1st, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry I missed it.
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From:tlachtga
Date:September 1st, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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So can I call ya Padre now?
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
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You can, but only because you were the first person to ask. No one else is allowed. :)
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From:tlachtga
Date:September 1st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
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BTW--I'm lazy, and started a flick account instead of trying to upload pics to my site and create a whole new page, etc. You'll see a couple shots from Saturday's ritual.
From:ceolnamara
Date:September 1st, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
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My favorite part of the whole rite was when I was really focussed, and then looked at Monika, and she gave me a "get over here" glare. Then I ran (ran!) over, and felt very embarassed because of how loud the gravel was.

No, I'm only joking. My favorite part was the whole thing. It was ... Well, I don't remember more than bits and pieces because I was in the zone. Which is good, I think.

I understand the thing about family. Especially in the thoughts I've been having about the future lately, that involve a much bolder step than I am currently comfortable with. I'm not gonna worry about the future, though, 'cause however it pans out it'll be ok.

Glad I was able to be there.
From:bloodlikerain
Date:September 1st, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Congrats mike, everyone is very proud of you.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I know, and thank you.
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From:khep
Date:September 1st, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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It's *so wonderful* that your parents were there and so receptive. Congratulations and best wishes for your priesthood.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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I agree. They're good folks. Love 'em to death :)
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From:prophet_maid
Date:September 1st, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Congrats, Reverend Mike. :) Sorry, wanted to say that.

I really wish I could have been there.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
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*laughs* No worries. Missed ya, but I completely understand.
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From:primaleph
Date:September 1st, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Much congratulations.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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Thank you :)
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From:deedeehopskotch
Date:September 2nd, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
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Congrats, can you still ordain me through the discordian rites. i have a hankering to be a discordian minister of something. perhaps glitter.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
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I can, indeed, ordain you through Discordian rites.

*poof!*

You're a Discoridan HighBulp!
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From:mayden_dor
Date:September 4th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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Wow, that's awesome. Good for you!
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
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Thanks. More work to be done!
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From:lillassea
Date:September 5th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
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It was a lovely rite, and I was so happy to be there. Blessings on you and your path, and congratulations!
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you were there, too! Wish I could have gotten a chance to hang out with you. The strawberries and whipped cream were in the walk-in. . . Damn that we didn't get to use them.

Next year?
From:fred_smith
Date:September 10th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I am so glad to hear this happened. Sorry that I didn't see this thread earlier. I am proud to hear that you have done it.

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