Ritual for New Year

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Bonum felicem faustum fortunatum annum novum MMDCCLXX!

We wish all Nova Romans a very happy and propitious and blessed New Year, the Roman year of II post M. Pompeium Sex. Lucilium cos. MMDCCLXX a.u.c.!

You can perform your New Year ritual to Father Ianus, and to other gods you want to invoke, following the guidelines here. It is written for every Nova Roman citizen: you can use this prayer at your lararium on the 1st of January and during the days until the Ides of January, for praying a happy, successful and propitious New Year of your family and Nova Roma.

This prayer here is a short and simple one, for ordinary citizens of Nova Roma. We wish as many of you as possible use this in your prayer during these days, on the first days of January.

Roman prayers were generally rhythmical, composed as verse of the rhythm of thoughts, repetitions, alliterations, the number of words and accents.

If you are new to Roman rituals, please read our article about simple rituals for starters, before you proceed.

Contents

Preparations to the New Year ritual

Clean your body (you can use the prayer for ablution) and approach the altar capite velato.

Praefatio

This is the "preface" prayer before the main prayer. The section of praefatio may be left out of the ritual if you want to perform a shorter, less formal ceremony. But it is always pious and propitious to use the longer version.

Invocation of Ianus

After these words, burn incense.

Latin English
Iane pater, deus novi initii,
te hoc ture commovendo
bonas preces precor,
ut sis volens propitius
Novis Romanis, amicis meis,
mihi, domo, familiae!
Father Ianus, God of the New Beginning,
by offering you this incense
I pray good prayers so
that you be benevolent and propitious
to the Nova Romans, to my friends,
to me, to my household and to my family.

Invocation of a patron deity

After the words for Ianus, there is "blank text" for other deities you choose to worship. Please fill the empty place with the name of the deity you want, and fix the word "propitius" (male) or "propitia" (female) according to the gender of the deity you invoke. It is strongly recommended to invoke your patron deities and those deities you especially need in the New Year. Each of them must have a new invocation for each section of the entire prayer. In this 15th Anniversary of Nova Roma and Sacred Year of Concordia, we suggest Concordia in the first place, and the following gods and goddesses:

  • Iuppiter Optimus Maximus (in vocative: Optime Maxime)
  • Fortuna
Latin English
__________( name of another deity in vocative),
te hoc ture commovendo
bonas preces precor,
uti sis volens propitius/propitia
Novis Romanis, amicis meis,
mihi, domo, familiae!
____________ (name of another deity),
by offering you this incense
I pray good prayers so
that you be benevolent and propitious
to the Nova Romans, to my friends,
to me, to my household and to my family.

Closing of the praefatio for Ianus

In this section, if you are male, use the variant "precatus" (I, the man, have prayed), if you are female, say "precata" (I, the woman, have prayed). Offer wine after these words:

Latin English
Iane pater, deus novi initii,
ut te ture commovendo
bonas preces precatus/precata sum,
eiusdem rei ergo
macte vino inferio esto!
Father Ianus, God of the New Beginning,
as by offering incense
I have prayed good prayers,
for the very same reason
be thou blessed by this wine.

Closing of the praefatio for patron deity

Again, if you are male, use the variant "precatus" (I, the man, have prayed), if you are female, say "precata" (I, the woman, have prayed). Offer wine after these words for a male deity, milk for a female:

Latin English
__________( name of another deity in vocative),
uti te ture commovendo
bonas preces precatus/precata sum,
eiusdem rei ergo
macte vino/lacte inferio esto!
____________ (name of another deity),
as by offering incense
I have prayed good prayers,
for the very same reason
be thou blessed by this wine/milk.

Main prayer

You could have skipped the previous parts, but this is obligatory. After chanting these words, offer wine and incense:

Latin English
Iane pater, deus novi initii,
custos futuri et praeteriti temporis sanctissime,
his Kalendis Ianuariis anni novi nunc incepti
te precor, quaesoque:
ut laetitiam fortunamque,
omnes eventus bonos fautosque,
fortunatos felicissimosque,
pacem concordiamque
societati Novae Romae
familiaeque meae tribuas;
utique sis volens propitius
Novis Romanis, amicis meis,
mihi, domo, familiae!
Cuius rei ergo macte
hoc vino libando,
hoc ture ommovendo
esto fito volens propitius
Novis Romanis, amicis meis,
mihi, domo, familiae!
Father Ianus, God of the New Beginning,
Most Sacred Guardian of the future and past,
on this first day of the New Year, Kalends of January,
I pray and ask you so
that you give gladness and fortune,
a good and prosperous,
successful and most happy progress of events,
peace and concord
to the society of Nova Roma
and to my own family;
and that you be benevolent and propitious
to the Nova Romans, to my friends,
to me, to my household and to my family.
For this reason, thou blessed
by offering this wine,
by offering this incense
be benevolent and propitious
to the Nova Romans, to my friends,
to me, to my household and to my family.

Piaculum

In this part, you expiate your accidental mistakes, even those, too, which you did not know of. Sacrifice wine:

Latin English
Iane pater, deus novi initii,
__________( names of all other deities invoked in vocative),
Lares, Manes, Penates,
Iuppiter, Iuno, Minerva,
Omnes Di Immortales quocumque nomine:
si quidquam vobis in hac caerimonia displiceat,
hoc vino inferio
veniam peto
et vitium meum expio."
Father Ianus, God of the New Beginning,
__________( names of all other deities invoked),
Lares, Manes, Penates,
Iuppiter, Iuno, Minerva,
All Gods Immortal, by whichever name:
if something in this ceremony was unpleasant to you,
by this wine
I do apogize
and expiate my mistake.
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