Daily Rituals (Nova Roma)

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These are modern rituals for Cultores of the Religio Romana to perform daily at their Lararium.

You may find information on Household Worship in Roma Antiqua here: Household Worship

Contents

Morning ritual

This ritual is performed in clean clothing; if possible, a clean tunica and toga are best, even better if they are white. The toga should be draped in capite velato, so as to veil the performer from any and all ill omens that might present themselves in the course of the ritual.

  • Wash both hands in clean water and pray:
May this water cast out all impurities from my substance as from lead to gold.
Haec aqua impuritates a corpore velut plumbo ad aurum mutando eluat.
  • Place both hands upon your head and pray:
Purify my mind.
Purga mentem.
  • Bring the arms down to your sides with hands in gesture to your body and pray:
Purify my body.
Purga corpus.
  • Place both hands on the chest, over the heart and pray:
Purify my heart.
Purga animum.
  • Take a moment to focus and become fully present and affirm:
It is so.
Ita est!
  • Approach the Lararium in capite velato, adoratio, and ignite the lucerna, then pray:
Be Thou well, Mother Vesta. May Your flames always guide us to the Gods.
  • Ignite the turibulum and burn some incense, with the right hand over the heart, pray:
Mother Vesta, may all be well this morning in the House of __Family Name__.

Arise Father Janus, God of Good Beginnings. Arise, Janus Matutinus, Gate Keeper of the Morning Light.
  • Burn incense in the turibulum and pray manu supina:
Janus, Opener of the Way, may this incense find favor with You that all things beneficient and auspicious may be with us this day.
May You be honored by this cake that You may be kind and favorable my family.
  • Honor the Family Gods with some incense and pray:
(adoratio) Hail Lar Familiaris! May You bless and watch over our family this day.
(adoratio) Be ye well, Divine Penates, may You always preserve and maintain our house and household.
(anoint with olive oil) Be Thou well Genius/Iuno of the Pater/Materfamilias, may You guide us to all things joyous and fortunate.
  • Make an offering of bread drizzled with olive oil and pray:
With this offering of bread and oil, may our family and house be blessed with health and long life.
  • Pour a libation of wine to the Lares and pray:
May this wine find favor with You venerable Lares.
  • Adoratio while praying: [2]

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I pray by the Gods that everything will be made fortunate.
  • Burn some incense while praying manu supina: [3]

Be well ye Immortal Gods, if I have done anything to violate this rite may You kindly receive this incense in expiation of my mortal error.
  • Adoratio to the altar and announce:
It is done.
Illicet.

Evening ritual

This ritual is performed in clean clothing; if possible, a clean tunica and toga are best, even better if they are white. The toga should be draped in capite velato, so as to veil the performer from any and all ill omens that might present themselves in the course of the ritual.

  • Wash both hands in clean water and pray:
May this water cast out all impurities from my substance as from lead to gold.
Haec aqua impuritates a corpore velut plumbo ad aurum mutando eluat.
  • Place both hands upon your head and pray:
Purify my mind.
Purga mentem.
  • Bring the arms down to your sides with hands in gesture to your body and pray:
Purify my body.
Purga corpus.
  • Place both hands on the chest, over the heart and pray:
Purify my heart.
Purga animum.
  • Take a moment to focus and become fully present and affirm:
It is so.
Ita est!
  • Approach the Lararium in capite velato, adoratio, and burn some incense, then pray:
(adoratio) Hail Lar Familiaris! May You bless us with a restful sleep this night.
(adoratio) Be ye well, Divine Penates, may You watch over us this night.
(adoratio) Be Thou well Genius/Iuno of the Pater/Materfamilias, may You bless us with fortuitous dreams of the coming day.
  • Adoratio to the lucerna and pray:
Be Thou well, Mother Vesta, may Your flames always warm our home and our hearts. May all be well this night in the House of __Family Name__.
  • Extinguish the flame of the lucerna, and then cover the lucerna with a dark cloth.
  • Burn some incense while praying manu supina: [4]

Be well ye Immortal Gods, if I have done anything this day to offend You, may You kindly receive this incense in expiation of my mortal error.
  • Adoratio to the altar and announce:
It is done.
Illicet.

Info About the Rituals

You will find above, in parenthetical notations, the primary sources of directly quoted or otherwise inspired prayers.

Both the Morning and Evening Lararium rituals are written by T. Iulius Nero,

MMDCCLX a.u.c.

References

  1. Carmen Salii in Varro Lingua Latina 7.26
  2. Afranius Fabula Togata fr. 11
  3. Plautus Rudens 1338-49
  4. Plautus Rudens 1338-49

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