On this, the night of Samhain,
A candle is lit, in honor of the Goddess.
She is Maiden and Mother throughout the year.
Samhain is here, and it is a time of transitions.
The winter approaches, and the summer dies.
This is a time between the worlds,
a time of life and a time of death.
Ancient ones, we ask your blessing.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before us.
Spirits of our ancestors, we call to you,
and we welcome you to join us for this night.
Tonight we remember the forgotten dead,
Those who have crossed over the veil.
Tonight we memorialize you, the unknown, the unloved, the unwanted of our world.
The Wheel of the Year turns once more,
and we cycle into darkness.
At the end of that darkness comes light.
And when it arrives, we will celebrate once more.