Sacred Nights: Foundation Day 2015
It is 1885 years since the apotheosis of Antinous, on this day in 130 CE.
It is 1885 years since the foundation of Antinoöpolis, His holy city named after Himself as the Founding Hero, on this day in 130 CE.
It is 13 years since the refounding of His cultus in the 21st century.
Let Osiris rejoice with Hapi, for the youth whom they deified is recognized today as a god.
Let all the goddesses rejoice, and with them the divae, heroines, and sanctae, for the Bithynian Boy has become divine, and his mother’s whole body heals.
Let Ophion, Chnoubis, and Glykon rejoice, and with them all the serpent deities, for the mystery of apotheosis is renewed in the sight of mortals.
Let Ananke rejoice, for what was necessary has been carried out.
Let Hadrian and Sabina rejoice even as they mourn, for while Antinous the youth is dead, Antinous the god lives forever and loves them and blesses them.
Let the people of Antinous rejoice, for our god is eternally alive and loves us and blesses us.
Let all the gods of every land and people rejoice, for a new immortal has been added to their ranks.
Welcomed by Persephone, purified by Hapi, one with Osiris, enthroned with the gods of Egypt, Antinous lives!