[Originally posted here at the Treasury of Apollon’s blog, October 9, 2014]
Dearest Apollon, we thank You for Your presence in our lives and in our homes these past nine days. We thank You for Your love and guidance. You are the well-spring of truth, and Your gentle hand leads us to be purified.
In all the days of our lives, You are here, distantly shining out upon the world, which is ours to behold, to love and to cherish. You are present in everything we hold dear and beautiful. Even as You have traversed the world, even as You now depart from the world, You rest within us.
Though we must prepare for the distance, we celebrate the nearness that shall exist, always, between us. We are Yours, from this moment and all moments after, and there is no separation that can diminish our love.
Blessed Lord, take with You our fond wishes, take with You our stalwart reverence. Take with You our assurance of home and hearth when You return. Take with You these offerings of the gifts given to us by You, and all the Gods. Blessed Lord, take with You our love.
Farewell, Dearest Apollon, Hyperboreios, Ageletes, Anax, and may we meet You again fondly, in the Spring flowers.