WHAT WE DO

Function Hall, Books, Texts and other actions.

LABRYS Religious Community, since its establishment, implements a series of actions to fulfill the restoration of the Hellenic religious tradition and thus the Hellenic worldview and lifestyle in the place it deserves, a fully legally recognised and functional spiritual path.

 

 

LABRYS Function Hall

 

LABRYS Religious Community, in the context of its actions, on November 26, 2016 with great pleasure opened a function hall, one more project that will contribute to the objectives set and has to do with a room of culture and knowledge. A room that will be a beacon of the Hellenic culture in which anyone can seek and discuss all issues around Hellenism.

 

LABRYS Function Hall is located in Athens, Greece. Open events usually take place every Saturday at 8:00 pm, for more details and information contact us or check our events calendar in our Greek homepage.

 

Function Hall Information

 

  • Address: 98 Lenorman str., Athens Greece
  • email: info@labrys.gr
  • Telephone: +30

 

How to get to the Function Hall

 

  • Metro: M2 Ag. Antonios - Ag. Dimitrios
    station "Metaxourgio"
    15 minutes walking distance.
    Route and stations
  • Bus: A13 Omonia - Kipoupoli
    station "Scholia" (transl. "Schools")
    just outside the hall.
    Route and stations
  • Trolleybus: 12 Zappeion - Peristeri
    station "Scholia" (transl. "Schools")
    just outside the hall.
    Route and stations

 

 

Books - Library

 

LABRYS Religious Community, in the context of its aims, studies, researches and publishes texts and books concerning the Hellenic (polytheistic) religion.

 

Hellenic Polytheism : Household Worship

We are very happy to present you, a few months after the original Greek publication, our first book in the English language (2015). A long awaited effort to make available for the first time abroad, the realities of Hellenic worship as practiced in the birth place of our religion. Our hope is that with this publication newer but also older followers of Hellenismos will find all the basic information to practice household worship in a traditional manner.

 

Authored by mr Christos Pandion Panopoulos, mr Panagiotis Meton Panagiotopoulos, mr Erymanthos Armyras. Edited and translated by mrs Lesley Madytinou, mr Mano Rathamanthys Madytinos. Prepared for publication by mr Vasilios Cheiron Tsantilas.

 

Within this publication, the reader is presented with explanations for the central concepts and basic guidelines to the ceremonies that form a part of Hellenic Household Worship as has been established and is currently practiced by the LABRYS Religious Community in Hellas (Greece).

 

It serves as a useful introductory manual for the newcomer to contemporary Hellenic Polytheism as they take the first steps on their journey to worship the Hellenic Gods in a traditional manner. See the Table of Contents.

 

How to Order the Book

The Hellenic Polytheism : Household Worship is available on Amazon store (both US and UK) but purchasing directly through our CreateSpace online store will be appreciated since that will give the LABRYS Religious Community a higher portion of the royalties, which in return will help us fund our second publication that is currently in research/writing stage concerning the public aspects of worship with all the major city/community celebrations etc.

 

Book reviews

 

 

Library

LABRYS Religious Community started the creation of a digital list/library for all serious students of the Hellenic religion.

All books that are in our personal libraries will be added to the digital list/library site Librarything. Our aim is to be able to list the most important books/studies on the Hellenic religion.

Additionally, LABRYS Religious Community might provide information and references to any interested party on the books that are on our list after an inquiry or request.

Any inquiry about a book will be forwarded to members who own the work, hoping to create a knowledge network based on valid and documented works by foreign and Greek scholars.

 

If you want you can participate and help us expand our community's library in the following ways:

  • Donate a book to our community.
  • Inform us on important works that should be added.
  • Send us on-line resources/articles and free academic sources.
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    Texts

     

    As we state in our founding statement, our key objective is the devotional practice, and it is our aim, through these pages to try to present the main aspects of the Hellenic worship in a way easily understandable and practical, so that anyone can follow the devotional path of our ancestors. Because we want to present the basic and necessary without undue delay, the texts will evolve gradually and be subject to a continuous enrichment process, renewal and documentation to include more details later.

    In our attempt to enrich and document texts, we are open to your suggestions, including data revisions and corrections.

     

    Following some introductory texts for the Hellenic Religion:

     

    On Ceremonies

    Preparation:

  • Collect all the items that are to be used in the ceremony.
  • The incense must be prepared and the vessels should be filled with appropriate liquids for libations.
  • Fill the cleansing basin with water. Place offerings in the dishes.
  • All participants wash their hands in the cleansing basin.
  • Light the incense and place in an incense burner such as the household tripod.
  • At the appropriate time, during the prayers and hymns, the libations are poured, the incense or perfumes are burned, and the offerings are placed on the altar, etc.
  • After the ceremony is finished, the wine, leftover from the libations, and the offerings are distributed amongst the participants.
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    Basic structure:

  • Preparation and opening of a ceremony: it may include full ritual cleansing or a little time of internal mental preparation according to personal needs and special circumstances.
  • Lighting of the hearth fire - if an eternal fire is not kept in the home, one is lit, usually accompanied by the Orphic Hymn to Hestia or another such hymn or prayer.
  • Placement of offerings and lighting of incense.
  • Opening of ceremony, first invocation.
  • Hymns/prayers, accompanied by libations.
  • Closing of the ceremony and thanks giving.
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    It is important to mention that any by-products of the ritual such as ashes, old offerings or wine that has been libated, etc. should be placed in some clean space so that they may be recycled [into the earth]. This space could be a garden or a flowerpot. One could also collect them on the altar and periodically dispose of them in a natural environment.

    At no point should these by-products be treated as if they were refuse or waste.

     

    Ceremony of Heliodites

    The Sun as with every other star in the universe is party to its order and harmony and, for this reason, it is often referred to as the king of the visible or sensible world. It has the power to cleanse, to uplift the mind and to provide life, health and personal development/growth. It also teaches us internal harmony; a necessity for communion with the divine beings.

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    Noumenia Ceremony

    The first day of the month is named Noumenia and it is a sacred day, dedicated to Apollon. On this day we honour all of the cherished Gods, and especially the Household Gods.

    As this is the most sacred of days of the month and marks its beginning; it is advisable to pay special attention to the ceremony, allowing sufficient time for the care of the household statues and devotional items.

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    On Altars

    The primary physical feature of Hellenic worship is the altar without which worship becomes difficult. The altar is the foundation of becoming aware of the Gods and the specific place of giving honour to the Divine by mankind.

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    About Libations

    A Libation or Sponde as it is called in the ancient Hellenic language is the pouring of Libatory liquids onto the altar, in the fire, on the ground, upon trees or in the sea, rivers and lakes. It is a Sacred Act that is inseparable from the Hellenic Religious Practice.

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    Household Worship

    The Oikos (Household) is of especial significance for Hellenes. It is not only associated, as is common today, with the house as a dwelling but the term includes the members of the family, the building with its contents as well as that which is the topic of this essay; namely the household worship and family traditions.

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    Purfication

    In the ancient world, those who had been exposed to Miasma in its various forms (pollution of the soul, body, household or city) were prohibited from entering the temple precincts until they had been purified. This monograph is thus a call for each of us to deliberate upon Miasma and the purity necessary for a closer relationship to the Gods.

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    Catalysing Maturity

    The first insight one receives when studying the ancient Hellenic rites of passage into adulthood is the intricacy, finesse and balanced manner in which the structures of civic, social, familial and religious life were integrated with each other.

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    Other Actions

     

    Following some indicative actions perofrmed by LABRYS Religious Community regarding its primary vision, to restore the Hellenic religious tradition and thus the Hellenic worldview and lifestyle in the place it deserves, a full legally recognized and functional spiritual path.

     

    Events

    LABRYS Religious Community continues the Hellenic tradition by organizing the annual festival of Attica Dionysia. This unique festival is celebrated in Athens and is dedicated to the Hellenic worldview. The festival of Attica Dionysia is organized by LABRYS and have participated and participate, besides LABRYS' members, many artists, musicians, composers, actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, music and dance groups, sports, cultural and other associations who highlight with their work this part of the Greek Civilization/Tradition that highlights the feature which characterizes it, the Piety in gods.

     

    Talks

    LABRYS Religious Community has organized and organize a series of lectures and seminars for the Hellenic religion in the LABRYS Function Hall or in other venues.

     

    Interviews

    LABRYS Religious Community has given interviews in various media and has participated in TV show regarding the Hellenic religion.

     

    Initiatives for joint action

    LABRYS Religious Community has taken initiatives for joint action with other associations on issues concerning the Hellenic religion.