Blessings on this day, the Megala Antinoeia!
Today is one of the more prominent festivals in the yearly calendar of Festivals for the Ekklesía Antínoou. In some ways, this festival can be seen as a collection of several festivals and observances and draws inspiration from several sources. As such, there are many different opportunities and options on how one chooses to observe this greater festival day. Read more about the Megala Antinoiea at the main festival page here.
In honor of the day, we’re sharing a new piece of ritual poetry written by one of the Magistrates of the Ekklesía, Merri-Todd Webster. Enjoy!!
Praise to Antinous, the Bithynian Boy, the Man God, the Emperor of Peace!
Praise to Antinous, the Liberator, the Navigator, the Lover!
Praise to Antinous, the beloved of Hadrian, beautiful, just, benevolent!
Praise to the Liberator who frees us from our bonds,
who loosens inhibitions, unties the knots of memory,
and strikes down the archons who would hold us thrall!
Praise to the Navigator who crosses the heavens,
who shows us the way, who guides us across!
Praise to the Lover who is lovely and loving,
beloved of an emperor, passionate and loyal!
Praise to Antinous Osiris, Wesar-Antnus,
deified by the Nile, enthroned with the gods
of Egypt, ruler in the Am Duat!
Praise to Antinous Dionysus, the god who comes
dancing, the god who comes singing, the god
who comes rejoicing!
Praise to Antinous Hermes, herald of the gods,
speaker for mortals, host of the eternal banquet
where gods and mortals mingle!
Praise to Antinous Apollon, leader of the Muses,
giver of true prophecy, accurate of aim!
Praise to Antinous Dionysus, loosener of bonds,
bestower of freedom, giver of the vine!
Praise to Antinous Hermes, giver of meaning,
god of interpretation, loosener of the tongue!
Praise to Antinous Apollo, the cleanser,
the purifier, the laser light of truth and freedom!
Praise to Antinous Dionysus, the one who
went into the underworld and returned!
Praise to Antinous Hermes, the reliable guide
Praise to Antinous Apollo, who shines his beams
upon the road!
Praise to Antinous Dionysus, lover of women
and men, who deified Ariadne!
Praise to Antinous Hermes, father of Pan,
father of Evander, lover of Krokos!
Praise to Antinous Apollon, father of Aristaios
and Asklepios, tender to those who yield!
Praise to Antinous with Hadrian, eromenos
and erastes, lover and beloved, emperor
and favorite, deus et divus!
Praise to Antinous with Sabina, wife of
Hadrian, the new Ceres, mother of
Roma and of Amor!
Praise to Antinous with Serapis,
Wesar-Hapi-Ankh, spouse of Isis,
meeting place of many gods!
Praise to Antinous with Diana,
the shining huntress, the mistress
of Lanuvium, guardian of the grove.
Praise to Antinous with the Tetrad++,
his children, his grandchildren,
defenders of his people!
Praise to Antinous with the Treiskouroi,
praise to Antinous, Lucius, Polydeukion,
god, sanctus, and hero!
Praise to Antinous with Mantinoe,
his mother, beloved of Hermes,
nurturer of the god and of his people!
Praise to Antinous Agathos Daimon,
the good spirit, the god friend,
the divine potential within us all!
Praise to Antinous Heros,
the beautiful boy who died too soon,
his beauty eternally remembered!
Praise to Antinous Homo Deus,
the man become god, the divine boy
with a mortal memory, the accessible god!
Praise to Antinous Imperator Pacis,
Emperor of Peace, supreme in Antinopolis,
city of peace and friendship!
Praise to Antinous Deus Amabilis,
the lovable god, the lovely one,
beloved and loving to his worshipper!
Praise to Antinous Deus Frugiferus,
the fruitful god, bringing forth
the sweetness of life!
Praise to Antinous! Ave Antinoe!
Praise to Antinous! Vive Antinoe!
Praise to Antinous! Ave Antinous!
This, haec est unde, this is where
life comes from: Haec est unde vita venit!