This Week's Festival
On Sunday, 11 Therapeion/August 18 we celebrated the HTAZP Founders Festival, the Temple's 8th birthday since its founding in 2005.
The Patrons of the Temple were honored specifically with offerings and prayers.
And the Goddess of the month, Artemis, was honored as well. Her message, "It is necessary to labor; change will be admirable," seems fitting in the context of reviewing the Temple's history and planning its future.
After thusia and during theoxenia, we took a trip down memory lane, viewing pictures of the Temple going back to its start as a portion of a room to a dedicated but small room to its current location and size.
We also discussed the ways the Temple group has grown over the years, particularly the exciting seminary group that will be ordained at the beginning of September and installed at the Temple on the Noumenia of Panagonion. We acknowledged also the connections the Temple has been making in the larger Pagan community, symbolized by the offering ribbons still adorning Hestia and Her shrine from Rhode Island Pagan Pride.
|1 Panagonion/September 6 (eve)||Installation of the Newly Ordained Priests and Priestess|
|9 Panagonion/September 15||Panagon|
|23 Panagonion/September 29||Fall Festival|
|22 Pyanepsion/October 27||Puanepsia and Oskhophoria|
That's it for now. Have a wonderful rest of August, and see you in September!