Sunday Service – Purification Ceremony & Festival of Light
Choir Practice: 9:00 – 10:00 AM if part of the choir
Purification Ceremony: 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Festival of Light: 10:30 – 12:00 PM
Vegetarian Potluck Lunch: immediately after service.
Sunday Service is at York Cottage Place – Unit F, Suite 208, 433 US Route 1 – York, Maine 03909. For more information, please contact Kristy Fassler Hecht
Everyone is welcome! Check the calendar for dates when Sunday Service is held. Events are canceled in inclement weather. If uncertain about an event being canceled, please contact Kristy
Fire Ceremony and Purification Ceremony 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Two Sanskrit mantras are repeated seven times during the fire ceremony. Sanskrit is an ancient, vibrational language that is infused with spiritual power.
Gayatri Mantra – this mantra is for enlightenment:
Om bhur bhuva swah
Om tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat Om
We meditate on the Supreme Light of the three universes. May It enlighten our consciousness.
Ghee (clarified butter) is offered into the fire at the end of each repetition. The ghee is symbolic of our pure aspiration to be changed and transformed.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra – this mantra is for liberation:
Om triambakam yajamahe
Sugundhim pushti vardhanam
Mrityor mokshia mamritat Om
We worship that One of divine vision who nourishes all living beings. Me He free us from death and grant us immortality.
Rice is offered into the fire at the end of each repetition. The rice is symbolic of the seeds of karma, burned up and purified in the flame of divine light.
“I seek purification by the grace of God”
The purification Ceremony, as it is offered by Ananda, is a simple and meaningful ceremony. It was created through the inspiration of Swami Kriyananda, who saw the need for a ceremony that allows one to open one’s heart to the flow of God’s grace.
Purification can be sought also when one is seeking help for others. In this case, it is a means of making yourself a clear channel of light to flow through you to them.
Going up before others to request purification is an act of humility and an affirmation of the openness before God.
How to participate in the ceremony?
First write (optional) a purification request on a small slip of paper, provided for you at the back of the room. Take a seat with others and keep the paper with you as you go forward for purification.
The ceremony begins with prayer, chanting, and meditation. Then each petitioner comes forward and kneels before the lightbearer (or stands if a physical condition makes kneeling difficult).
Petitioner: “I seek purification by the grace of God.”
Lightbearer: “The Master says, Open your heart to me, and I will enter and take charge of your life.”
They meditate together for a brief time, all those present adding their silent prayers to those of the lightbearer for God’s blessing on the petitioner.
The lightbearer then touches the petitioner at the heart chakra and asks God’s grace to flow though him. At the end of the blessing, the following words are said:
Lightbearer: “By the grace of our masters you are free!”
(This is a statement of divine truth which will be manifested outwardly according to the combined faith of both lightbearer and petitioner.)
The petitioner may then, if he wishes, go up to the altar to offer a personal prayer. If he has written his purification request on a piece of paper, he may burn that paper in the bowl, which has been placed on the altar for this purpose next to a burning candle.
Festival of Light: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
A Festival of Light celebration is a poetic allegory of the long process of spiritual awakening. Divine Grace is celebrated, personified by the return of the masters, ever and again, to guide us out of delusion into the clear light of Spirit. Enjoy the songs and poetry of this beautiful ceremony and “lift up your heart in a Festival of Light”!
About Sunday Service:
“It was wonderful to be able to join with the York Ananda Community today. Thank you for your service to the Ananda Community and the greater community of all souls :-) The light that shines from behind your eyes is inspiring.”
— DB, Maine
“After working my normal Monday thru Friday work week this week, I also worked approx. 10 hours on Saturday. So, as I was driving to your Sunday service this morning, I was questioning my judgement in terms of time management. Specifically, I was asking myself ‘is this really the best use of my time, to drive over an hour each way to attend a short service. I’ll spend as much or more time driving, as I do at the service, and I’ll be giving up the better part of my only day off this weekend as well.’>
However, once I arrived, and the service got going, I was very grateful to be there, and was very glad I had made the “right” time management decision. The service was moving and beautiful, and left me eagerly awaiting the next one!”
— Thank you for all you do. Geoff, NH