Your Ritual Welcome and History
Never assume that anyone knows what’s going to happen. Being a good leader is being a good teacher. Also, even if your crew knows what’s up, it’s always a good habit, to remind everyone out loud.
Leader introduces himself-herself and others in group if they do not already know each other. Then proceed with the welcome greeting below:
“Welcome all and thank you for coming. The outer forms of what we do tonight are less important than the inner visualization that we have and the change it can prepare us for. And in preparation for this, I will explain some of the symbolism we will use tonight.
“Once upon a time, men and women didn’t have TV, radio, big screen movies, or even New York Time’s bestsellers, to distract them. They had the earth, the sun and moon and stars to entertain them. They watched the passing of seasons with great interest and celebrated the cycles of life, change and renewal along with the earth.
“Fables and parables developed around these celebrations which taught moral and life lessons. Benevolent seasonal rituals were also practiced.
Leader (or someone) always tells the story of the Holy Day or Sabbath being celebrated… It’s often called “talk story” (borrowed from the Polynesian culture)
[REFER TO THE INDIVIDUAL SABBATH HISTORY]