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The man who says his evening prayer
is a captain posting his sentinels. - Charles Baudelaire


Prayers and Blessings


Affirmation

By all we inherit,
Within Her protective arms,
Beneath His watchful gaze,
We are immortal.


Blessing Oneself for Strength

(during the waxing moon: with fore, middle and ring fingers-one at a time- lightly touch Seawater to forehead)

One for Courage
Two for Wisdom
Three for Luck


Thanksgiving

Mother Wisdom and
Father Councilor,
for all you have done,
now and before,
I am grateful


Morning Prayer

For this day, and the days of my past
For this day, and the days of my future
For this day, Mother, Father, I thank you


Morning Prayer (AC)

Goddess Mother of Earth and the Sea,
Father God of the Hunt and the Sun,
I give thee thanks for a restful night,
And for the day that's just begun.


Evening Prayer

For the blessings of my yesterdays,
For the blessings of my tomorrows,
For the blessings of this day,
Shining Ones, I am grateful.


Evening Prayer (Adapted from ?)

Great Lord and Lady high above
For rest and all thy gifts of love,
We give thee thanks.
We give thee praise.
That you may bless us all our days


A Childís Prayer at Bedtime (AC)

Mother Night, your blanket deep
Protects me now and as I sleep


Food Blessing

We thank thee, Lord, for happy hearts,
For rain and sunny weather.
We thank thee, Lady, for this food,
And that we are together.


A Food or Wine Offering (AC)

Great Ones of the day and night,
I offer you this sacrifice
and all my worthiness in thanksgiving
for the gifts youíve given me.


A Toast to the Gods (Adapted from ?)

We thank thee, Father, for thy care
And Motherís bounty everywhere;
For this and every other gift
Our grateful cups, to thee we lift.


A Consecration (a person or a thing)

In the name of the Silver Lady
In the name of the Golden Lord.
And by their gifts,
I bless and consecrate thee.


Viking Prayer

Lo, there do I see my father
Lo, there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla
Where the brave may live forever

(From The 13th Warrior, Inspired by a prayer in Risala: Ibn Fadlan's Account of the Rus c. 921 C.E)


Roman Invocation to the Old Ones

Blessed Mother~
Come to me with the gods
desire for my future.

Blessed Father~
Watch over my loved ones
with a ready sword.

Ancestors~ I honor you. And will try to live
with the dignity you have taught me.

(From Gladiator, the movie)


Chants


Goddess, be alive in me
Blessing everything I see


To Muster Courage

As I see me
So I shall be


My Secret Adapted from ?

They ask me why I sing and dance
With nature playing tag
I carry the Sun in a golden cup,
And the Moon in a silver bag.


The Old Gods Adapted from ?

We have gathered
In their names
Now we sing them
Home again.


Dedications


Bridget, my patroness . . .
Legacy of my mother.

Bright Lady
Fiery Arrow
Triple flame of Irish hearts
Both blood and fostered.
Mistress of magick and poetry
Spark of love and fertility
Giver of knowledge and wisdom
And skill in the martial arts
Keeper of the hearth fire
Flame that feeds the forge
Goddess of transformation
Accept me now
As one of Your Sacred Kells.
And I will kindle your Sacred Fire
All the days of my life.

Lead me in the ways of the kind.
Lead me in the ways of the wise.
Lead me in the ways of my ancestors.


Cernunnos, my patron . . .
. . .Legacy of my father

Horned One Great Stag Welsh God of the Wild Wood
Architect of seed, flower, and fruit
Guardian of fin, fur and feather
Master of the Hunt
Poetic teacher and passionate lover
Sage elder and proud protector
Lord of death and resurrection
Keeper of the crossroads
Accept me now
As one of Your Sacred Warriors
And I will carry your Sacred Spear
All the days of my life.

Lead me in the ways of the strong.
Lead me in the ways of the wise.
Lead me in the ways of my ancestors.



© 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Ardriana Cahill


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