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What are the most beautiful and evocative prayers, blessings, invocations, etc. that you've heard? It can be something you always perform, something that inspires you, it may have won you over because of how effective it is, or maybe you just find it so poetic or literarily satisfying.

 

 

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RavenOfSummer

There's a prayer I absolutely love...I first heard it at the vespers service of the Unitarian Universalist church I attend. I actually created a tarot spread based on it because I find it so moving.

 

The prayer comes from the New Zealand Prayer Book, and can be found with its origin story here.

 

Lord,

it is night.

 

The night is for stillness.

Let us be still in the presence of God.

 

It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done;

what has not been done has not been done;

let it be.

 

The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives

rest in you.

 

The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,

all dear to us,

and all who have no peace.

 

The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day,

new joys,

new possibilities.

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RavenOfSummer

I'll share too a couple of the blessings my husband and I used as part of our wedding ceremony. We created our own ceremony and researched a lot of prayers and blessings during the process.

 

Here is a marriage blessing from the Sufi mystic poet Rumi that we used:

 

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.

May it be sweet milk,

this marriage, like wine and halvah.

May this marriage offer fruit and shade

like the date palm.

May this marriage be full of laughter,

our every day a day in paradise.

May this marriage be a sign of compassion,

a seal of happiness here and hereafter.

May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,

an omen as welcome

as the moon in a clear blue sky.

I am out of words to describe

how spirit mingles in this marriage.

 

 

And for our vows, we used this Laguna Pueblo prayer:

 

I add my breath to your breath

that our days may be long on the Earth,

That the days of our people may be long,

that we shall be as one person,

that we may finish our road together.

 

 

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EmpyreanKnight

Thanks, RavenOfSummer! I like the prayers you posted, especially the first one. It's like after you had a long and stressful day that might have left you a bit broken, you just want to meditate a bit and say that prayer so that you can have some peace at least to guide you in your slumber. It's like you trust Him enough to leave the rest of your day in His hands.

 

Also I like the idea of creating spreads based on your favorite prayers. I just might do that myself. :)

 

Actually, I feel like the whole prayer lends itself to a winter-time, shadow work spread. The Night Spread you created for it is very nice tho. I will surely use it.

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EmpyreanKnight

My favorite is a Gaelic blessing. I wish I won't be charged with cultural appropriation, but it's just too beautiful not to share:

 

 

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

 

I'm not much of a nature person, but whenever I read this I feel transported to a different place, walking across vast green fields on a journey to a place I cannot name. I don't know why, but these verses never fail to make me feel emotional.

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Audelia

My most favourite one is a simple one that's been passed down through my family. There is an Irish traveller heritage on one side, and I imagine it originates from there.

 

The blessing involves kissing the third eye of the person being blessed and saying:

 

"May good shower down upon you. May you never know illness or strife. My you see only the best in this world. May you be loved beyond measure and blessed without limit."

 

My own parents (who are very staunchly Catholic) don't engage with this much, but I love it and have passed it on to my fiance and hope to pass it on to any children of my own that I may have.

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CharlotteK

 

 

I'll share too a couple of the blessings my husband and I used as part of our wedding ceremony. We created our own ceremony and researched a lot of prayers and blessings during the process.

 

Here is a marriage blessing from the Sufi mystic poet Rumi that we used:

 

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.

May it be sweet milk,

this marriage, like wine and halvah.

May this marriage offer fruit and shade

like the date palm.

May this marriage be full of laughter,

our every day a day in paradise.

May this marriage be a sign of compassion,

a seal of happiness here and hereafter.

May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,

an omen as welcome

as the moon in a clear blue sky.

I am out of words to describe

how spirit mingles in this marriage.

 

This is very beautiful.  I also included this in our wedding service. A small chamber choir sang it at the end of our service when the registrar had left.

 

At the end of our Kundalini Yoga classes we always recite or sing the following departure blessing (it originally comes from a song by the Incredible String Band ☺):

 

May the long time sun

Shine upon you,

All love surround you,

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on.

 

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

 

 

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RavenOfSummer

 

 

I'll share too a couple of the blessings my husband and I used as part of our wedding ceremony. We created our own ceremony and researched a lot of prayers and blessings during the process.

 

Here is a marriage blessing from the Sufi mystic poet Rumi that we used:

 

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.

May it be sweet milk,

this marriage, like wine and halvah.

May this marriage offer fruit and shade

like the date palm.

May this marriage be full of laughter,

our every day a day in paradise.

May this marriage be a sign of compassion,

a seal of happiness here and hereafter.

May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,

an omen as welcome

as the moon in a clear blue sky.

I am out of words to describe

how spirit mingles in this marriage.

 

This is very beautiful.  I also included this in our wedding service. A small chamber choir sang it at the end of our service when the registrar had left.

 

Oh, thanks so much for sharing this, CharlotteK! I'm glad to know you also used this in your wedding :)

 

 

May the long time sun

Shine upon you,

All love surround you,

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on.

 

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

 

 

 

This is very beautiful as well :)

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sandrang123

A Kundalini yoga prayer, performed by Snatam Kaur, "May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You." It's beautiful.

 

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EmpyreanKnight

My most favourite one is a simple one that's been passed down through my family. There is an Irish traveller heritage on one side, and I imagine it originates from there.

 

The blessing involves kissing the third eye of the person being blessed and saying:

 

"May good shower down upon you. May you never know illness or strife. My you see only the best in this world. May you be loved beyond measure and blessed without limit."

 

My own parents (who are very staunchly Catholic) don't engage with this much, but I love it and have passed it on to my fiance and hope to pass it on to any children of my own that I may have.

 

I don't know how I missed this, but it's so beautiful, Audelia.

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Cobweb

"Give me, good Lord, the grace to work for the things I pray for." St Thomas More.

 

I don't know whether it's beautiful but I find it very good advice.  It has got me through some tough days before now.

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Tanga

I have enjoyed your posts and I'm familiar with the Gaelic blessing

"may the wind be always at your back"

and the Pueblo blessing - " I add my breath to your breath, that our days may be long on this Earth"...

 

 

Here are my favourites:

 

1) 'Blessing Spell'

May light sweeten your lungs,

May your tongue shine

 

May you be grateful to your body

for the offences it forgives you.

May your body please you.

May your mind accept its forms

and guide you through dangers and pleasures.

 

May you love yourself

as you are loved.

    - by William Pitt-Root

 

 

2) 'Raven's Blessing'

May the earth welcome your footsteps

May the wind sing your tale,

May fire dance from your fingertips

And the oceans speed your sail,

May courage never fail you

And your words be blessed with grace.

And may the spirits of inspiration forever keep your pace.

  - by Raven Kaldera.

 

 

3)'Healing Chant'

Flesh and bone, be sound as stone.

Heart and mind, have strength in kind.

Spirit heal, with a kiss to seal.

Be Well! Embrace your soul Divine!

 

 

4) 'Invokation to Neuth'

Star Lady,

Splendrous queen of night

You who hold Chaos at bay in the dark light.

You who command love to walk in milky might.

Look my way!...

 

...And in life I'll roll with the tides

Seeking the answers to build my pride.

I'll burn through each guise

And breakdown the doors

- to the paths of the wise.

 

... Green Lady

West Lady,

Air Lady.

Lady of the Heavens

- and of Birth.

Lady of the Afterlife!

      -excerpt from 'Invocation to Neuth', by Tanga Okondo.

 

 

5) Short circle casting (groupwork) -

 

Between the worlds this circle stands

A ring of light, a ring of hands

May incense lift and fire shine

Our paths to clear and make Divine,

This circle is cast - we are between the worlds.

  - by Tanga Okondo

 

 

6) Short circle casting -

 

By the Earth that is her body

And the Air that is her breath.

By the Fire of her spirit

and the water of her blood,

The circle is cast (or the circle is closed).

 

 

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Elin by the Sea

One that I reflect on often (but sometimes maybe not as often as I should):

 

The Karaniya Metta Sutta

 

This is what should be done

By one who is skilled in goodness,

And who knows the path of peace:

Let them be able and upright,

Straightforward and gentle in speech,

Humble and not conceited,

Contented and easily satisfied,

Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.

Peaceful and calm and wise and skillful,

Not proud or demanding in nature.

Let them not do the slightest thing

That the wise would later reprove.

Wishing: In gladness and in safety,

May all beings be happy.

Whatever living beings there may be;

Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,

The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,

The seen and the unseen,

Those living near and far away,

Those born and to-be-born —

May all beings be happy!

 

Let none deceive another,

Or despise any being in any state.

Let none through anger or ill-will

Wish harm upon another.

Even as a mother protects with her life

Her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart

Should one cherish all living beings;

Radiating kindness over the entire world:

Spreading upwards to the skies,

And downwards to the depths;

Outwards and unbounded,

Freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down

Free from drowsiness,

One should sustain this recollection.

This is said to be the sublime abiding.

By not holding to fixed views,

The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,

Being freed from all sense desires,

Is not born again into this world.

 

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RavenOfSummer

I was at a Druid workshop last weekend and learned a couple of beautiful prayers that are new to me:

 

Prayer of the Open Circle (Adapted from John Muir’s Journal)


The sun shines not on us, but in us
The river flow not past, but through us
We are of the stars, the trees, the flowers,
And they are of us.
Earth song, and every bird song,
Wind song, and tremendous storm song,
Is our song, our very own song
And sings of our reverence.

 

A Deer’s Cry (Old Irish Poem)

I gird myself today
With the power of the sky
The radiance of the sun
The splendor of the moon
The brightness of fire
The force of lightning
The swiftness of wind
The depths of the sea
The steadfastness of earth
The steadiness of rock

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RavenOfSummer

Here is another beautiful prayer I just shared in the monthly lunar reading group. I thought I would share here too. It comes from the guidebook of the Moon Phases Oracle by Devin Strickler.

 

Moon Prayer

 

Oh moon above me, shining bright.

I ask for you to watch this night.

To lend an ear, to listen here...

For I need you,

I need see clear.

Illuminate what need not be.

Teach me softly,

speak to me.

 

For I am ready.

Teach me now.

Show me what, show me how.

 

This prayer I pray,

change me still.

Abundant bringing.

Light fulfilled.

 

Thank you universe.

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Etheldreda

This prayer was one of the first I learned. I love it, sums things up nicely. 

 

The Peace Prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, 

Make me an instrument of your peace:

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is discord, harmony;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

 

O Divine Master, 

Grant that I may not so much seek:

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love.

For, it is in giving, that we receive;

It is in forgetting self, that we find ourselves;

It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.

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