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When the Temple Priest or Priestess Goes on Vacation, Then What?

Every day, in temples far and wide across Pagandom, offerings are made, and prayers go up, for the well-being of pagan peoples everywhere. The Lore would have it that, indeed, the very well-being of our People depends on these prayers and offerings, and everyone agrees that, once the making of prayers and offerings has begun, it is bad to discontinue them.

So what happens when the priest or priestess goes on vacation?

Well, in the best scenario the offerings, with the accompanying prayers, continue to be made by others on the temple staff.

Alas, in these barbarous days few temples have such staffs of qualified priests and priestesses.

Sometimes the vacationing priestess or priest turns towards the home altar and continues to make the prayers and, if possible, the offerings. Prayers can, of course, be offered in any clean place (or even, if necessary, in an unclean one). If the situation is such that offerings cannot be made, they can later be recompensed by making extra offerings in the future.

In the worst case, no offerings or prayers are made.

Fortunately, since there are many pagan temples in which such offerings and prayers are made daily, in this situation we may rely upon the continuing strength of the People to bear us up. If, for whatever reason, the offerings cannot be made in one temple, we may rely upon the merit of the others to continue the life and well-being of the People.

Or so the ancestors have said.

 

Above: Temple of Garni

The Temple of Garni, in Armernia, is just possibly contemporary Pagandom's most beautiful working temple.

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.
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