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Blessing and Consecration

Blessing and Consecration

Blessing and consecration

 

Blessing and consecration are actions which are both used in the practice of Druidic religion and though these actions and terms are often confused there are some very important ontological and liturgical differences between these acts. Each action has a specific formula and spiritual goal and so these terms are not actually interchangeable. The primary difference between the two terms is in the fact that while a blessing brings a special virtue to an object, person, place or event the thing being blessed in essence remains the same while in a consecration the object, person or place is seen to actually be changed and enter a new state of existence. A secondary difference between our terms is in the fact that while both blessing and consecration may be performed on items, objects, people places things and even artistic works and certain types of conceptual ideas which can be said to exists in a given state, only blessing may be applied to events, endeavors, actions and concepts which only have the potential to exists but cannot yet be said to exists. Though our terms have been, through confusion of meaning, used nearly interchangeably by those who are not clear on the exact denotation of the words we can see that despite the terms being related blessing and consecration are two specific, separate and clearly defined actions.

Adherents to faith generally have a desire to sacrilize and validate life and their own role and relationships within the larger scope of existence. Blessing and consecration both serve in the processes of sacrilization and validation and help to give a spiritually contextualized meaning to events and objects. By applying a special identity or virtue to a thing or action that thing or action is given a specific function or special intention and so in it is recognized a meaning relative to the other things or actions of life. The finding of spiritual meaning is certainly not confined to blessing and consecration, yet through blessing and consecration we are able to specifically and in a very direct manner give meaning within a sacred or absolute context. While not the only liturgical vehicles to serve the need of the faithful to find spiritual meaning, blessing and consecration are both very strong tools for achieving these goals within the practice of religion.

In blessing an object, person, place or event one is investing or facilitating the investiture a special sacred attention and spiritual virtue. Blessing is generally done through prayer which is accompanied by an appropriate offering or gift made in exchange for the special sacred virtue being requested. A blessing is bestowed, not by the person requesting or liturgically performing the blessing but by the deity, deities or ancestors to whom the request is made and which will be the source of any special sacred virtue being granted to or invested in that which is being blessed.

Consecration is a liturgical act that facilitates or recognizes a change in ontological condition or state of being. Through consecration a time, place, person or object is intentionally transformed and so it is remade in another state. We often see fire associated with the act of consecration in that fire symbolizes the cooking of the raw into a new state. When a thing is consecrated it is itself, at its very essence, changed; remade and brought or passed into a new state of being. This remaking or changing to a new form is the defining principle which differentiates consecration from blessing or other liturgical actions.

Appropriate use of blessing and consecration within the context of the spiritual life of a person or community can greatly enhance the spiritual relationships between people and their world. For the person who acts in the capacity of clergy serving as a member of the Druidh knowing where these two liturgical acts fit is important when giving a rite meaning or when helping others to establish meaning for events or activities. Properly identifying which of these if either one or the other is called for in any given situation requires a firm understanding of the purpose of each act. Vital to the proper performance of these acts is a clear understanding of how to perform them when called upon to do so, or to help guide others in the performance of these actions.

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