Sofya la Rus' Laureling
Fall A.S. 44 (6817/2009)
Invitation to join the Order
Kingdom A&S, July 18
Vigil at Cattle Raids
With the 6-hour trip to Mag Mor for Cattle Raids our "Long Fall" began. We left after work on Friday, slept in the car that night in a rest stop on I-80 and arrived at Riverside Park around 9:30am. Just in time to throw on some garb and unpack a few things (vigil lamp, Orthodox chant background music, silk veil to hem) before I was put on vigil around 10:30, just after Roselyn was placed on vigil for the Pelican.
The next weekend, I was the Event Steward for Ages of War: the Rus vs. the World - a nice little inter-kingdom event, if I may say so myself. It went well and we didn't even lose money. Ages of War 2009
The third weekend of the "Long Fall" required a 5-hour trip to Lonely Tower to the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium where I'd promised to teach two brand new classes.
The fourth weekend was King's Company of Archers.
Elevation at King's Company of Archers
King's Company of Archers was held at the site of Lilies War, another 6-hour drive for us. This time we had our mundane camper to stay in at the I-35 rest stop on Friday night. When we arrived on site Saturday AM, the initial plan was for court to be in an hour-and-a-half, so we leisurely got the camper situated and changed into garb.
The format of a Peerage ceremony in Calontir is pretty fixed. The only places to individualize are in the procession, the wording of the oath of fealty, and the scroll text. Most people swear a standard oath of fealty, but I took the opportunity to make mine as Russian as possible, based on period Russian loyalty certificates.
This all presented a special challenge to the Herald, HE Baron Michael of Lonely Tower (aka Sir Michael Nymandus von Falkenburg) who had to say my Russian name and read the arcane text of my scroll. He did a really good job.
Russian processions are traditionally led by a cross followed by the appropriate icons and banners. In the medieval Russian coronation ceremony, the claimant to the throne was supported under each arm. Bells were rung to mark all special occasions.
My procession was led by a gorgeous wooden Cross of Calatrava made by my household sister Mistress Tatjana Nikonovna and carried by Lord William Fletcher of Carbery (who went on to win his class in the archery tournament that day). HL Brigida von Muenchen carried my painting of the Virgin Orans and Lady Juliana MacNayre carried an icon of Svataya Sofiya (the Holy Wisdom), my name saint. I was supported by my husband, Lord Sifrid von Eichelborn and Master Mordak Timofeevich Rostovskogo. Master Mordak drove all the way from Ohio to attend the ceremony. He discovered my webpage when I was just a newbie in the Slavic Interest Group and he's been a constant encouragement ever since. So it was very appropriate that he help escort me into court. To bring up the rear of the procession, Lady Royse Meingnes rang a brass bell and Lord Berndt der Kuehne carried the silk banner that Master Mikhail had made for me.
A member of each of these three orders is one whose skills are freely manifested and willingly taught. One whose efforts on behalf of others are unstinting and whom above all is an example of courtesy and grace.
The Order of Chivalry honors martial achievements; the members of the Order are the swords of the Crown.
The Order of the Pelican honors those who have distinguished themselves by their exemplary service to the Society.
In the third year of the Society, there was called into being the second great order of Peerage: The Ancient and Honorable Order of the Laurel, to recognize those skilled in Arts and Sciences who create works of value and beauty.
It is the privilege of the Crown to elevate into this order such persons as Their Majesties see fit.
Therefore, the Crown now calls into their presence the Masters and Mistresses of The Ancient and Honorable Order of the Laurel here present:
(the order of the laurel should assemble.)
King: Then call forth the candidate.
Herald: The Crown now calls Sofya Iakovleva Kliucheneva into Their court.
We are minded this day to recognize you as a Mistress of the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Laurel. Have you been freed of all bonds that might impede this elevation?
Mikhail: (own words about release and return of belt and return to Crown)
King: With these things done, hear now what it means to be a Laurel.
Chivalry (Sir Angus of Blackmore): (own words)
Laurel (Master Mordak): (own words)
Pelican (Master Mikhail): (own words)
Royal Peer (Countess Jane): (own words)
Populace (Lady Royse): (own words)
Sofya: I will
Queen: Do you swear that you will conduct yourself in all matters as befits a peer, continuing to practice the virtues of chivalry, nobility, and personal integrity?
Sofya: I will
King: That you will further you knowledge of the ways of the arts and sciences, and give aid to others in this endeavor always maintaining a level of participation that does not sacrifice the well-being or health of yourself or of the undertaking at hand?
Sofya: I will
Queen: That you will be courteous and honor all peers of the realm and all others whom you shall have dealings?
Sofya: I will
Bring forth the medallion (made by HE Sorcha of Lonely Tower).
For in ancient times was the symbol of the champions, Adorned upon the head so that all would know of their great worth and merit.
Wear it always with honor.
Wear it always with humility.
Master Thorkell: (own words)
Queen: Bring forth the cloak (made by Mistress Vasilla with fabric from Mistress Tatjana).
King: Accept from Our Hand that which your skills and devotion has brought to you.
King: May your skills ever be increased and offered in service to Calontir and the Society.
Queen: May your comportment ever serve as an example of gentle courtesy and humility.
Crown: And may your spirit forever follow after the goals your heart has set before you.
King: We would be pleased to accept your fealty at this time.
And my good to the Society and its ideals and laws to want of nothing; and wherever from whomever I will hear of good or of evil of my Sovereign, and about our Kingdom of Calontir of good or of evil, it is for me to speak for them truthfully, by this my sealed certificate, without duplicity.
I will according to time teach whoever is capable to whatever skill God gives them to thrive, to support the Arts and Sciences of the Calontir lands,
And by this my certificate if to think or to consider or to be evil or unworthy before the people then will not be on me the favor of God and of his ascended Mother, and of all Saints; and my Lord and Sovereign must to me for my fault in punishment be unrestricted.
And with firmness of action, I, Sofya la Rus, to my Ospadaryu Velikii Knyaz Martino and Velikaya Knyaginya Ariel kiss esmi the honest and life-giving cross, and give esmi myself with my certificate after signature and after seal of the clerk of all Calontir.
Crown: We do accept your fealty freely given, and swear never to sacrifice you needlessly, to reward fealty with love, service with honor, and oath breaking with vengeance. So swear We Martino, King, and Ariel, Queen.
King: Arise, Mistress Sofya
So I, gosudar’ knyaz velikii Martino keeper of the Calontir land in my rule, and I, gosudarynia knyaginia velikaya Ariel of all Calontir on all days with our subjects oversee any items they make and what any handwork they do and who does well.
And you, Sofya Iakovleva Kliucheneva, have both the sovereigns' favor and of all boyars, and with good people you associate and with many foreigners you have great trade and friendship. According to the Evangelist if one in small things is true then must go to greater ones. So we have granted to Sofya Iakovleva boyarstvo.
We give esmi to her to Bolshoe Sinoye Lake with the little pools, that she herself cleared. And no other shall enter those lakes, nor clear them. But who will clear those lakes in spite of our certificate or who will go in them to fish, will receive from us punishment
Into hospitals visit and alms as much as required give them, and to all needy if it is possible to help them and any who is sorrowful and poor and needy... and according to time teach whoever is capable to whatever skill God gives them to thrive.
And herself to children and household shall teach not to lie, not to slander, not to envy, not to offend, not to malign, with others not to quarrel, not to judge, not to ridicule, not to remember evil, not be angry with anyone, to superiors to be obedient and meek, to equals loving, to inferiors and wretched welcoming and kind, so that with everyone will relate without a lot of fuss and trouble.
The velikii knyaz and knyagynia to fear and serve faithfully and false words by no means speak before them but with humility the truth answering to them as to God himself, and in everything obeying them. And all who speak to the velikii knyaz and to the velikaya knyagynia and to any great lord with slander or with cunning or with lies will the Lord ruin.
Disobedience and evil deeds will bring punishment from the righteous anger of God, sending sorrows and disease, bone aches, swelling and tumors, and stone in the kidneys, and deafness, and blindness, and through both lower passages bleeding and pus, and cough, and headache, and tremors. Sometimes from the velikii knyaz’s anger to seize one’s estate, and even execution without mercy and death in disgrace, and from judges fines and torture in order that to the good would be honor and to the wicked punishment and therefore all by that learn.
And we, gospoda Martino and Ariel of all Calontir, give esmi to this certificate after signature and sealed up this authentic certificate by our seal.
And to the certificate the grand prince and the grand princess ordered their clerks hands to apply and to this certificate clerk hand applied, and directory clerk hand applied.
And such is given award certificate in Loch Smythe in the month of September the 12th day, of the year 6817, A.S. 44.
Queen: Good Laurels, please escort your newest member from our court.
Video of Ceremony - Part A
Video of Ceremony - Part B
After the elevation, the "pack of Russian Laurels" escaped to a fabric store to celebrate appropriately and got back in plenty of time to attend the archery potluck. It was a fun time to bond, especially valuable since we all live so far away from each other, especially Mordak.
Oh, and to finish out the "Long Fall," a week after KCAT my husband and I left for our long-awaited triennial pilgrimage to Gettysburg, PA.
Maybe next weekend we'll stay home... Or maybe not. "On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again..."
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