Prayers

 

 

The following are a collection of prayers and extracts from liturgy that will in due course form part of the Prayer Book of the English Folk Church.They can be used in private or small family groups and adapted to modern language or into plural or singular as befits the occasion.This is very much a work in progress and additional material will be added from time to time.

 

 

For the Morning

 

Almighty and everlasting God

Who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day

Defend us in the same with thy mighty power

And grant that this day we fall not into dishonour

Neither run into any kind of danger

But that all our doings may be ordered by thy eternal law

To do always that which is righteous in thy sight

Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord

Amen.

 

Adapted from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

 

O thou true sun

Shining with perpetual light

True image of the Holy Spirit

Infill us full.

 

Adapted from an ancient Christian Hymn recorded by Pliny

 

 

For the Evening

 

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee O Lord

And by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night

May the holy angels watch over us as we rest

And deliver us refreshed to a new dawn

This we ask in the name of thy eternal Son

Our Lord Jesus Christ

Amen.

 

First two lines from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

 

As night draws in

We call on thee, our holy protectors

Guardians, spirits of our folk and land

Look over us as we slumber

And deliver us refreshed to a new dawn.

 

 

For Mealtimes

 

We give thanks to thee Almighty God

For these gifts of food and drink

To thee Our Mother, the Earth

And to thee, Our Father in Heaven

Who by thy mystical union

Bring forth the new life of fields aplenty

And in the name of the gods who wrought these lands

We rejoice in their fruitfulness

And ask that we never go without.

Amen.

 

 

Prayer to the Wardens

 

Most holy Wardens of our folk, who give us life and form

Inspire us with love, truth and justice

Grant us strength as we walk the ways of Wyrd

Defend us and our Odal lands

And give us courage to uphold all that is good in our folk and families

Grant this in the name of Almighty God

Our heavenly Father

The Word who is the new life

And the Holy Spirit, the life giver and sanctifier.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers to the Ancestors

 

Wassail to all our ancestors

We honour you and remember you

We thank you for the life you have given us

And for all the good works you have left us

We vow that we shall remember you and your deeds

And pass this on to those of us yet to come

We pray that you have rest and refreshment in the blessed realm

And rise to eternal glory in the halls of heaven.

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Prayer to Woden

 

Hael Woden, Lord of Wisdom.

Thou who hung nine long nights from the windswept tree

And looked into the very depths of its mystery

Thou who won the Holy Runes and brought them into our world

Guide us in thy wisdom along the path of light

Protect us from all harm and evil

And grant us strength and cunning

That we may defend ourselves and our kin when needed.

 

 

Prayer to Our Lady of the Angelcyn

 

Hael to thee Mother Earth, Our Lady of the Angelcyn

Eostre, Nerthus, Frigga and Freya

Be thou blessed in Godís embrace

You bring forth the new life, the holy Word of Almighty God

You are the sunlight of our folk

The fragrant blossom of springtime

And the scented sweetness of summer

Grant unto us Holy Mother

That we may prosper and grow in strength and wisdom

A people of eternal spring.

 

 

The Lordís Prayer

 

Almighty God who dwelleth in heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our wrongdoings

As we forgive those who do wrong against us

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

Thou shalt sprinkle me, O Lord, with Hysop

And I shall be cleansed

Thou shalt wash me in the waters of Hevergelmere

And I shall become whiter than snow.

 

Glory to God in the highest and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen.

 

Thou shalt sprinkle me, O Lord, with Hysop

And I shall be cleansed

Thou shalt wash me in the waters of Hevergelmere

And I shall become whiter than snow.

 

Hear me, Lord, Almighty and Everlasting God,

And vouchsafe to send thy holy Wardens and Angels from heaven

To guard, cherish, protect, visit and defend us in this holy place

And to our kinfolk throughout Middengeard.

Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

 

Adapted from traditional liturgy

 

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known

And from whom no secrets are hid

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit

That we may perfectly love thee and worthily magnify thy holy name,

Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

 

From the Anglican Book of Common Prayer

 

 

 

The Saxon Beatitudes:

 

Let your light shine with honour before men, that they may see your good works dedicated to the glory of Almighty God in heaven:

 

Blessed are they who use their riches wisely, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Blessed are the loyal and honourable, for they shall inherit the earth

Blessed are they who hold firm to folk and family, for they shalt be called the righteous

Blessed are they who repent of their wrongdoing, for they shall be comforted by the Holy Spirit

Blessed are they who fight for justice and righteousness, for they shall be rewarded with glory

Blessed are they who show mercy, for they will be shown mercy

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God

Blessed are those who fight to keep the peace, for they shall be seen as the children of God

Blessed are those who suffer for a just cause, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

 

 

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