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A Book of Pagan Prayer

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Red Wheel/Weiser
 | 
November, 2018
ISBN:
9781578636495
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Based on more than a quarter century of research and practice, A Book of Pagan Prayer teaches us to pray in the ways of our ancestors, yet for very modern times and concerns.

A Book of Pagan Prayer provides the pagan community a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of prayers—and shows readers how they too can create their own. After an introduction on why to pray, author Ceisiwr Serith explores how to pray through words, posture, dance, and music. He explains how to prepare for and compose prayers, how to address and honor the deities, and how to conclude a prayer. Serith also answers important questions, such as: Why should pagans pray? Should prayers be spontaneous? What are offerings about? Is all this just trying to buy the gods off?

Gathered from many traditions - including Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian - this guide includes nearly 500 sample prayers organized by purpose: for the family and household; times of the day, month, and year; life passages; thanksgiving, grace, and petition; as well as litanies and mantras. Whether offering a blessing, celebrating new life, safeguarding travel, or honoring the seasons, readers will discover timeless pagan prayers for worship, spiritual connection, and personal relationship with the gods.

Prayers have been labeled with the deities to which they are addressed and arranged in logical order within each chapter.

  I bring greetings to the gods of this place

from my people, from my family, from me,

and not only greetings but gifts of friendship.

I give them to you to establish between us the sacred bond.

Publisher’s Description: 

Steeped in tradition - "Those of us who call ourselves Pagan owe a debt to all those who came before us" - and based on more than a quarter century of research and practice, A Book of Pagan Prayer teaches us to pray in the ways of our ancestors for very modern times and concerns.

Changes to this revised edition include rearranged chapters and prayers and the addition of two new chapters, all of which make the book easier to use. The chapters are now arranged in an order that follows a ritual, and all the litanies have been moved to their appropriate chapters. Two new chapters - "General Requests and Offerings" and "Travel, Protection, Imprecatory" - combine two types of prayers out of the general "Petitions" into one. Prayers have been labeled with the deities to which they are addressed and arranged in logical order within each chapter. Prayers to new deities have also been added. In addition, a major problem with the first edition has been corrected: prayers for Lughnasadh/Lammas and Midsummer, two of the eight great neopagan holidays, have been added.

A unique collection of nearly 500 prayers written to fulfill the needs of contemporary pagans from a variety of traditions, A Book of Pagan Prayer is a book to turn to again and again.

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