The ides is the thirteenth or fifteenth of the month in the Roman calendar.


The Ides fall on the thirteenth of:

  • January
  • February
  • April
  • June
  • August
  • September
  • November
  • December

The Ides fall on the fifteenth of:

  • March
  • May
  • July
  • October



One should approach the ritual in clean clothing; and should cleanse themselves with khernips before approaching. It is best if the clothing are white; though it is not necessary. These rites should be done with a veil over the head (capite velato), which serves to protect one from ill omens that might present themselves during the course of the ritual, as solemn respect of the Gods and to symbolize through the covering of the head the covering and concealment of the soul by the body.

1. Wash both hands in khernips and pray:

“May this water cast out all impurities from my substance as from lead to gold.”

(Latin:Haec aqua impuritates a corpore velut plumbo ad aurum mutando eluat.”)

2. Place both hands upon your head and pray:

“Purify my mind.”

(Latin:Purga mentem.”)

3. Bring the arms down to your sides with hands in gesture to your body and pray:

“Purify my body.”

(Latin:Purga corpus.)

4. Place both hands on the chest, over the heart and pray:

“Purify my heart.”

(Latin:Purga animum.”)

5. Take a moment to focus and become fully present and affirm:

“It is so!”

(Latin:Ita est!”)


The Ritual

1. Approach the Lararium in capite velato, adoratio, and ignite the lucerna, then pray:

“Be Thou well, Mother Vesta. May Your flames always guide us to the Gods.”


2. Ignite the turibulum and burn some incense, with the right hand over the heart, pray:

“Mother Vesta, may all be well this morning/day in the House of (Family and/or Gens Name).”


3. Pray with both hands manu supina: (Carmen Salii in Varro Lingua Latina 7.26)

“Arise Father Janus, God of Good Beginnings. Arise, Good Creator. Arise, Janus the Gatekeeper.”


4. Burn incense in the turibulum and pray manu supina:

Janus, Opener of the Way, may this incense find favor with You that the final days of (Month) may be propitious to all.


5. Offer a spelt cake sprinkled with salt and pray:

“May You be honored by this cake that You may be kind and favorable to all.”


6. Adoratio while praying: (Silius Italicus Punica 7.78-85)

“Be Thou well Father Jupiter, be present O Best and Greatest King of the Gods. Your sons and daughters bring forth venerable gifts on this day, the Ides of (Month). May You find favor with all, that You may look kindly and favorably upon our families and households. May Your blessings of health, good fortune and happiness be with us always!”


7. Pour a libation and offer a spelt cake with a prayer: (Cato, De Agricultura 132)

“Jupiter Pater, may You be strengthened by this libation, may You be honored by the small portion of our _______.
Jupiter Optimus Maximus, in offering you this cake I pray good prayers that You will be gracious and merciful to me and family, my house and household.”


8. Honor the Family Gods with some incense and pray:

(adoratio) Hail Lar Familiaris! May You tend to the family You have established.” (Ennius Annales I.141)
(adoratio) Be ye well, Divine Penates, may You always safeguard our home. (Plautus Merc ator 834-5)
(anoint with olive oil) Be Thou well Genius/Iuno of the Pater/Materfamilias, may You guide us always.”


9. Hang a garland across the altar and/or crown the statues of the Lares with flowers and pray: (Plautus)

“With this garland and with this crown I venerate the Lares of our family; may our house have Your blessings of good fortune, happiness and prosperity.”


10. Make an offering of bread drizzled with olive oil and pray:

“With this offering of bread and oil, may our family and house be blessed with health and long life.”


11. Pour a libation of wine to the Lares and pray:

“May this wine find favor with You venerable Lares.”


12. Adoratio while praying: (Afranius Fabula Togata fr. 11).

“I pray by the Gods that everything will be made fortunate.”


13. Burn some incense while praying manu supina: (Plautus Rudens 1338-49)

Be well ye Immortal Gods, if I have done anything to violate this rite may You kindly receive this incense in expiation of my mortal error.


14. Adoratio to the altar and announce:

It is done.




Nova Roma. “Ides ritual (Nova Roma).” NOVA ROMA Dedicated to the restoration of classical Roman religion, culture and virtues. Accessed August 17, 2017.