For the ritual, I chose to combine the ritual wording of ADF rituals I found particularly touching to use in our non-ADF ritual to honor Lugh and Danu.
Non-ADF Lughnasadh 2013 Ritual in Celtic Style
1. Cast a circle by spreading wheat (or bird seed or another form of grain, cornmeal), saying:
We bless this circle and surround ourselves with the power of Lugh, who has given his life that we may be fed, and Danu, whose bounty sustains us. The circle is cast.
2. Call the elements (I know you like this part so if you want to do the traditional LBRP)
3. Next, give a brief introduction of Lughnasadh.
Lughnasadh is the time we observe the days growing shorter as we approach the waning half of the year. The time when the sun’s power enters the grain for the first time, which is harvested so life can continue. Lughnasadh is also called Lammas, which is short for ‘loaf mass’, when bread was baked to offer to the poor and in honor of Lugh, the Golden one-master of all arts, and the corn king. He who is the Shining Sun.
Today we call to Lugh, the Golden one, and Crom Dubh, the one whose back is bent from carrying the blessed wheat to feed humankind. Bring us the power of the sun, the mysteries of the underworld, and the golden wheat that we may survive the winter once again. Hail Lugh, and welcome. We call Danu, mother of the Gods, She who brings renewal and rebirth in all things, without whom life would not flourish. Hail Danu, and welcome.
Note for Coven: Optional-this can be read by us both or omitted. It would make the ritual longer if we did this so depends on who all is coming and our feelings-
From Wild Onion's Grove Lughnasadh -http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/lughnassadh/wog-lughnassadh-04.html
Hail the Sun of Summer - Golden One, Brightest, Warmth of the Green Earth.
Hail the Sun of Summer - Crown of Striving, Gem of the Heavens, First among Lights
Hail the Sun of Summer - Father of Earth, Eye of Burning, Fire of Noontide.
Yet now is the Season of Darkening, the Time of Ripening, when the night and the moon call the Earth to fruit. It is the time of the tender Goddess, the Maker of heroes, the Old One's Daughter. Who can tell of the fate of the Earth?
If the Sun does not die, the green turns to gray!
If the Sun does not die, red turns to black!
If the Sun does not die, the earth will burn dry!
So the Gods' man mated with a woman of the Giants, in magic and courage. And of Their union was born the Child of Light and Shadow - Lugh, whose name means light. Fostered in the Isle of Apples, he learned every skill - thus is he called Samildanach - Master of All Arts.
How like a Spear is the Ray of Dawning
How like the dawn is the Rising Light of Victory
How like Victory is the Joy of Wisdom
So it was that in the last battle of the Gods and Demons it was Lugh who struck down the Baleful Eye of Burning. When the Sun's Fire becomes poison to the earth, when the Maiden of Bounty is imprisoned in the Tower of Day, it is Lugh of the Long Arm who strikes the blow. It is Lugh who struck down the Poison Eye, who defended the Holy Earth against hail and flood and drought and blight.
The Sun must die That the earth may live
The Darkness rise - The Land freely give
Milk and Honey, Ale and Corn
Thus do we join the Shining Ones' Prince to the Lady of the Earth.
By this joining may Lugh be the Ward and Guardian of the earth.
By this joining may the Earth be the Throne of Joy and Delight.
May the grain, and our lives, grow green and golden as the hair of the Goddess.
May the ray of the westering sun be as the Spear of the Champion.
Lugh hear us Your children!
Share the bread prepared/baked by the High Priestess. The High Priestess will say-
(From Eaarach of Pittsburgh)
there is "...an essential need for our rites to combine ancient tradition with a season theme to assure that the rite functions in a way that makes some sense to the modern soul[...] The seasonal connection can be used as a personal metaphor for the current cycle in one's development or life-passages." With that in mind, we meet here today to celebrate this harvest not only in the literal sense, but as a personal spiritual harvest. With much hard work and dedication, we have sown the knowledge, dedication, and commitment to the Gods, and each other, in our spiritual growth. We have endured difficult times and happy events, and as we overcome our obstacles we become stronger, forged like a sword in the fires of adversities overcome. With the Gods, we are strengthened, empowered, and ever faithful. From all of these things, we can reap the rewards and rejoice in the harvest of what we have learned and gained in this past year.
Each member will then state what they have learned this past year and are thankful for.
The High Priest will make an offering of the bread, mead, and any other offerings near a sacred tree. He will then ask the Gods to find the offering pleasing, and may it honor the Gods, the Fae, the land, and ancestors.
Lugh, God of Grain and the Sun, we give you this offering. Danu, She who is the Mother of the Gods and of the Morrigan, we give you this offering. We feed you as you feed us. Take this nourishment and live again as the wheel of the year turns to winter and then spring.
After the offering, the coven (and any family/friends) can eat the bread.
Once this is complete, LBRP to close circle.
The High Priest/Priestess will bid farewell.
We thank the Gods for joining in this rite.
Lugh and Danu, Go raibh maith agait! (gora mah ahgit, singular-this is Gaelic for ‘thank you’)
Manannan mac Lir, Go raibh maith agait!
Nature Spirits, Go raibh maith agaibh!
Ancestors, Go raibh maith agaibh!
Now by the keeper of the gates and by our magic we end what we began.
Let the fire be flame,
Let the well be water,
Let all be as it was before.
Let the gates be closed!
We have done as our ancestors have done, and as our children will do, and the Kindreds have answered. We go now, children of the Earth, in peace and blessings. The ritual to honor the harvest is at a close.
Biodh sé amhlaidh! (bee shay ow-lee/means "so be it")
When the lots were cast for an omen of ritual, which I have come to prefer from practicing ADF rituals, our High Priest drew runes to ask a general omen/guidance from the Tuatha de Dannan for our coven. The runes read-
Earrach of Pittsburgh. "On the Nature of Sovereignty" ADF Website. http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/lughnassadh/nature-of-sovereignty.html
Wild Onion Grove's Lughnasadh Ritual. ADF Website. http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/lughnassadh/wog-lughnassadh-04.html