Celebrating Alban Arthan: A Liturgy for the Winter Solstice

Preparation

Find a quiet place where you can be alone without distractions. Light candles (or a small fire). Take a few moments to center yourself.

Approach

Make the Sign of the Cross while saying:

In the name of God, the Three-in-One, the One-in-Three,
One holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever. AMEN.

Druid Call for Peace

Deep within the still center of my being
May I find peace.

Silently within the quiet of the grove
May I share peace.

Gently (or powerfully) within the greater circle of humankind
May I radiate peace.

Greeting the Four Directions

From the Center, facing East say:

All praise and honor are yours, O God.
Angels and Archangels sing your praise.
Even at this darkest time of the year,
Winter’s barren trees and evergreens proclaim your glory.
The four corners of the earth honor you
And bring us your radiance and power.

Walk to the East Quarter, light a candle and say:

With the Hawk of Dawn soaring in the clear, pure AIR,
With the ever green pines, cedars, and firs,
We await the return of light in the EAST.
With Mary, Our Mother, 
we pray for wisdom, perception, and vision.

Walk sunwise (clockwise) to the South, light a candle and say:

With the great Stag in the heat of the chase,
With the prickly holly leaf and its blood-red berries,
We look to the SOUTH as we await the coming of the new Sun’s FIRE.
With the prophets of old and those among us now,
We pray for strength, passion, and courage.

Walk sunwise to the West, light a candle and say:

With the Salmon of Wisdom who dwells in the sacred WATERS of the pool,
With the growing green and twisting ivy,
We turn to the restorative darkness of the WEST.
Finding strength in living community of believers and the communion of saints,
We pray for intuition, spiritual understanding, companionship, and love.

Walk sunwise to the North, light a candle and say:

With the great Bear of the Starry Heavens,
With the deep and fruitful EARTH,
With the mistletoe that hangs between heaven and earth,
We turn to the NORTH, seeking stability and strength.
With all of creation that nurtures and sustains us,
We pray that our lives will bear good fruit in the coming year.

Walk to the Center, face East, light the God/Jesus/Sun and the Goddess/Mary/Moon candles.

Bow, make the sign of the cross, and say:

All praise and honor to God, Eternal Spirit, Maker of all that is;
To Jesu, the Christ, Bearer of our humanity;
And to the Holy Spirit, Awen and Breath of life.
As in the Beginning, so now, and for ever.
AMEN.

The Druid’s Prayer

Grant, O God, Thy Protection;
And in protection, strength;
And in strength, understanding;
And in understanding, knowledge;
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;
And in that love, the love of all existences;
And in the love of all existences, the love of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Life-Giver,
Mary our mother,
all the angels and saints,
All of creation that sustains and nourishes us,
and all goodness.

Adapted from Iolo Morganwg (attributed)

Song

The Word of God

Scripture Reading

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

John 1:1-9 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised)

At the end of the reading say:

For the Word of God in Scripture,
For the Word of God among us,
For the Word of God within us,
Thanks be to God.

Iona Community

Canticle

Arise, shine; for your light has come,*
    and the glory of God is rising upon you.
Though night still covers the earth,*
    and darkness the peoples;
Above you the Holy One arises,*
    and above you God’s glory appears.
The nations will come to your light,*
    and rulers to you dawning brightness.

No more will the sun give you day light,*
nor moonlight shine upon you;
but God will be your everlasting light,*
    your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down,
    or your moon withdraw itself;*
for God will be your everlasting light.

Isaiah 60:1-3; 19-20, adapted from The Song of the New Jerusalem, from A Way of Living: A Worship, Prayer and Liturgy Resource for the Lindisfarne Community, Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon and Andrew Fitz-Gibbon. Copyright © 2006, Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon and Andrew Fitz-Gibbon.

At the end of the Canticle say:

Glory be to God, the Three-in-One, the One-in-Three;*
one holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever. AMEN.

Prayers

Prayers of Intercession

Offer prayers for the following:

  • The members of your local congregation/grove/coven
  • Those who suffer, those who are sick, and those in trouble
  • The concerns of your local community
  • The world, its people, and its leaders
  • The universal Church, its leaders, its members, and its mission
  • Those who have died
  • Any other concerns or thanksgivings

Collect

Great Light, we are very aware of the darkness of this season, but we are also aware that the natural light will increase from here on. Help us walk in your ways so that we can play our part in righteous living, as you work within us to increase the light to its full brightness. We ask this in the name of our Saviour, Jesu, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

adapted from The Celtic Year: A Rhythm of Prayer and Meditation for the Eight Points of the Celtic Year, David Cole, Text Copyright © 2020. The Bible Reading Fellowship

The Prayer that Jesu Taught

Our Father, Who art 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Leave-Taking

Blessing

May the evergreen trees remind us that, even in the darkest and most desolate of times, the new dawn is just over the horizon.

May the prickly holly with its red berries remind us of the fire of the Sun.

May the curling, twisting ivy remind remind us that we need each other for support and companionship.

May the mistletoe that hangs between heaven and earth, deriving strength from both, remind us to plant good seeds and bear good fruit in the coming year.

With Mary, our Mother, may we be willing to bring God into our world.

+++ In the name of God, Eternal Spirit, our Maker, Jesu, the Christ and bearer of our humanity, and the Holy Spirit, font of wisdom and inspiration. AMEN.

Extinguish candles/fire and leave the space.

Quarter Calls: Invoking the Archangels

A Ritual Invocation of the Archangels as Guardians of the Four Directions.

This ceremony is designed to be part of a larger ritual, placed where you would normally call the Quarters. This ceremonial is written in a Christian context and you can combine it with daily prayer, a eucharistic celebration, or a holy day or feast day liturgy. I have also written an elemental greeting based on St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures. Check it out here.

Preparation

Set up as you normally would. Gather any seasonal decor, tools, and other supplies you may need for your rite. The suggested colors of the candles reflect the usage of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). Of course, you should use whatever you are accustomed to.

Begin the ritual as you normally would. When you are ready to greet the directions or call the quarters, use these words.

Calling the quarters

From the center of the circle, face East and say:

All praise and honor are yours, O God.
Angels and Archangels sing your praise,
And all creation proclaims your glory.
The four corners of the earth honor you
And bring us your radiance and power.

Walk to the East Quarter, light the yellow candle and say:

With the blessing of the Hawk of Dawn soaring in the clear, pure AIR,
We greet and offer welcome to the spirits of the EAST
And we invite the Archangel GABRIEL, holy messenger,
To bring wisdom and inspiration to our rite.

Walk sunwise to the South Quarter, light the red candle and say:

With the blessing of the great Stag in the heat of the chase,
And the inner FIRE of the Sun,
We greet and offer welcome to the spirits of the SOUTH
And we invite the Archangel MICHAEL, holy warrior,
To bring passion and courage to our rite.


Walk sunwise to the West Quarter, light the blue candle and say:

With the blessing of the Salmon of Wisdom 
who dwells in the sacred WATERS of the pool
We greet and offer welcome to the spirits of the WEST,
And we invite the Archangel RAPHAEL, holy angel of healing,
To bring love and compassion to our rite.

Walk sunwise to the North Quarter, light the green candle and say:

With the blessing of the great Bear of the Starry Heavens
And the deep and fruitful EARTH,
We greet and offer welcome to the spirits of the NORTH
And we invite the Archangel URIEL, holy angel of light,
To bring strength and growth to our rite.

Walk sunwise to the East Quarter and then return to the Center. Turn to the East, light the orange candle and say:

We give honor and praise to the Most Holy Theotokos,
The Mother of Light through whom heaven is united to earth.
All creation rejoices in you, O full of grace, and we bless you.

Still facing East, light the purple candle and say:

We give honor and praise to Jesus Christ, our Lord,
the Word made flesh, God with us.
Most Holy Begotten One of God,
Receive our prayer.

Still facing East, light the white candle. Bow, make the Sign of the Cross and say:

All praise and honor to God, Eternal Spirit, Maker of all that is;
To Jesu, the Christ, Bearer of our humanity;
And to the Holy Spirit, Awen and Breath of life.
As it was in the Beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
So may it be.
AMEN.

Continue on with the rest of your ritual. Remember to release the quarters at the end as you normally would.

Bright Blessings!


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Celebrating God’s Fool, St. Francis of Assisi

Celebrating God’s Fool, St. Francis of Assisi

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Preparation

Find a quiet place where you can be alone without distractions. Light candles (or a small fire). Take a few moments to center yourself.

Approach

Make the Sign of the Cross while saying:

In the name of God, the Three-in-One, the One-in-Three,
One holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever. AMEN.

Druid Call for Peace

Deep within the still center of my being
May I find peace.
Silently within the quiet of the grove
May I share peace.
Gently (or powerfully) within the greater circle of humankind
May I radiate peace.

Greeting the Four Directions

Adapted from Canticle of the Creatures, St. Francis of Assisi

From the Center, facing East say:

Most High, all-powerful, good God,
all praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.

Walk to the East Quarter, light a candle and say:

All praise to you, O God,
through our Kindred Wind,
through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through whom you sustain your creatures.

Walk sunwise (clockwise) to the South, light a candle and say:

All praise to you, O God, 
through our Kindred Fire,
through whom you light the night,
Who is beautiful and playful, robust and strong.

Walk sunwise to the West, light a candle and say:

All praise to you, O God, 
through our Kindred Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.

Walk sunwise to the North, light a candle and say:

All praise to you, O God, 
through our Kindred Earth,
who sustains us and governs us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Walk to the Center, face East, light the God/Jesus/Sun candle and say:

All praise to you, O God,
through our Kindred Sun, who brings the day;
and through whom you give us light.
How beautiful, how radiant in splendor;
Bearing the likeness of the Most High.

Still facing East, light the Goddess/Mary/Moon candle and say:

All praise to you, O God, 
through our Kindreds Moon and stars;
in the heavens you have made them,
bright, and precious, and fair.

Bow, make the sign of the cross, and say:

All praise and honor to God, Eternal Spirit, Maker of all that is;
To Jesu, the Christ, Bearer of our humanity;
And to the Holy Spirit, Awen and Breath of life.
As it was in the Beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
So may it be.
AMEN.

The Druid’s Prayer

Grant, O God, Thy Protection;
And in protection, strength;
And in strength, understanding;
And in understanding, knowledge;
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;
And in that love, the love of all existences;
And in the love of all existences, the love of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Life-Giver,
Mary our mother,
all the angels and saints,
All of creation that sustains and nourishes us,
and all goodness.

Adapted from Iolo Morganwg (attributed)

The Word of God

Psalmody

Psalm 19:1-6 OR Psalm 8

At the end of the Psalm say:

Glory be to God, the Three-in-One, the One-in-Three;*
one holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever. AMEN.

Scripture Reading

Genesis 1:1-2:3 OR Job 12:7-10

At the end of the reading say:

For the Word of God in Scripture,

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God

Iona Community

Canticle

A Song of Creation

Prayers

Prayers of Intercession

Offer prayers for the following:

  • The members of your local congregation/grove/coven
  • Those who suffer, those who are sick, and those in trouble
  • The concerns of your local community
  • The world, its people, and its leaders
  • The universal Church, its leaders, its members, and its mission
  • Those who have died
  • Any other concerns or thanksgivings

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And 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 pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

The Prayer that Jesus Taught

Our Father, Who art 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Leave-Taking

Blessing

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield overshadow me.
Christ under me; Christ over me;
Christ beside me, on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Adapted from St. Patrick’s Breastplate,
From A Way of Living: A Worship, Prayer, and Liturgy Resource for the Lindisfarne Community, Jane Hall Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitzgibbon

The Druid Vow

We swear by peace and love to stand,
Heart to heart, and hand in hand,
Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now,
Confirming this, our sacred vow.

Make the Sign of the Cross while saying:

In the name of God, the Three-in-One, the One-in-Three,
One holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever. AMEN.

Extinguish candles/fire and leave the space.

Druid in the Hills Daily Prayer

This prayer is an adaptation of the Christian Liturgy of the Hours, or Daily Office, incorporating Druid and Christian elements, that can be used any time of the day.

Approach

Preparation

Find a quiet place where you can be alone without distraction.

Light candles or a small fire, if you like.

Take a few moments to center yourself. Here are a couple of ideas, if you’re at a loss for something.

  • Take some deep breaths – in and out. Focus on your breathing.
  • Chant the word, Awen, AH-OO-WEN, drawing out each syllable.
  • This prayer, the Druid Call for Peace

Deep within the still center of my being,
May I find peace.
Silently within the quiet of the grove,
May I share peace.
Gently (or powerfully), within the greater circle of humankind,
May I radiate peace.

When you’re ready to begin, make the sign of the cross and say:

In the name of God, Three-in-One, One-in-Three,
One holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever.
AMEN.

Greeting the Four Directions

For the following, if you like, stand and face each direction, or walk to that position. Pause after each line to visualize peace spreading to that direction.

May there be Peace in the North.
May there be Peace in the South.
May there be Peace in the West.
May there be Peace in the East.
Facing east,
Through the strength of heaven,
Light of the sun,
Splendor of Fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of rock -
May there be Peace in the Land, in the Sea, and in the Sky.
May there be Peace throughout the world.

The Druid Prayer

Grant, O God, Thy Protection;
And in Protection, Strength;
And in Strength, Understanding;
And in Understanding, Knowledge;
And in Knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice;
And in the Knowledge of Justice, the Love of it;
And in that Love, the Love of All Existences;
And in the Love of All Existences, the Love of God, Eternal Spirit, Maker of all that is;
Jesu, the Christ, Bearer of our humanity;
The Holy Spirit, Fount of Wisdom, Awen, and Breath of Life;
Mary, Most Holy Theotokos and Our Mother;
All the angels and saints;
All Creation that nourishes and sustains us;
And All that is Good.

Adapted from The Druid Prayer, attributed to Iolo Morganwg

Chant some AWENS.

Depending on the time of day, face East, and say or chant one of the following.

O Dawning Sun (Morning)

O Dawning Sun, O Sign of Christ, O Sacred Seal
of All! We hail you as you arise from the
darkness of oblivion.

O Divine Word! O Christ! O Creator of the
Vastness of the Universe! We hail you Sun, as
you end the night, and come to create the Day.

We reunite ourselves with you in this moment, as
you travel through all the circles of the universe,
manifesting one Wisdom, one Beauty and one
Strength.

Morning Prayer, The Order of St. Cyprian of Antioch

Light of the World (Evening/Sunset)

Light of the world, in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days

— Evening Prayer, Enriching Our Worship 1, The Episcopal Church

Song

Sing or play a recording of a chant, hymn, or other song. Here are my Spotify playlists for Morning and Evening:

Readings, Reflection, and Prayer

Psalms and Biblical Readings

Psalms and Readings from Scripture follow a cycle. You can find the Daily Office Lectionary of The Episcopal Church here.

The Mission of St. Clare site has the complete texts of the Episcopal Daily Office.

For the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours, go to the Universalis site.

You can find an Orthodox version of the Daily Office at the St. Gregory the Great Orthodox Church site.

Canticles

A canticle is a biblical song outside of the Psalms. While the Book of Common Prayer lists suggested canticles for different days and seasons, the Song of Simeon can be used for Morning Prayer and the Song of Mary for Evening Prayer.

If used in a group setting the asterisk* indicates a change of reader or group of readers.

Morning Canticle – The Song of Simeon (Benedictus Dominus)

Blessèd are you, the God of Israel,*
You have come your people and set them free.

You have raised up for us a mighty Savior,*
Born of the house of your servant, David.

Through your holy prophets you promised of old*
To save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.

To show mercy to our ancestors,*
And to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah,*
To set us free from the hands of our enemies.

Free to worship you without fear,*
Holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
For you will go before God to prepare the way.

To give God’s people knowledge of salvation*
By the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God*
The dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,*
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1: 68-79, from A Way of Living: A Worship, Prayer and Liturgy Resource for the Lindisfarne Community, Jane Hall-Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Copyright © 2006 Jane Hall-Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitzgibbon, The Lindisfarne Community.

Evening Canticle – The Song of Mary (Magnificat)

My soul proclaims the greatness of God,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

For you, O God, have looked with favor on your lowly servant.*
From this day all generations will call me blessed:

You, the all loving, have done great things for me*
and holy is your name.

You have mercy on those who revere you,*
from generation to generation.

You have shown strength with your arm*
and scattered the proud in their conceit.

Casting down the mighty from their thrones*
and lifting up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things*
and sent the rich way empty.

You have come to the aid of your servant, Israel,*
to remember the promise of mercy,

The promise made to our ancestors,*
to Abraham, Sarah, and their children for ever.

Luke 1: 46-55, from A Way of Living: A Worship, Prayer and Liturgy Resource for the Lindisfarne Community, Jane Hall-Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Copyright © 2006 Jane Hall-Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitzgibbon, The Lindisfarne Community.

The canticle concludes with:

In the name of God, Three-in-One, One-in-Three,
One holy and blessed Trinity, now and for ever.
AMEN.

Intercessions

Help us, O God our Savior; 
Deliver us and forgive us our sins. 

Look upon your congregation; 
Give to your people the blessing of peace. 

Declare your glory among the nations; 
And your wonders among all peoples.

Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away; 
Never forget the lives of your poor. 

Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;
And your favor to those who are true of heart. 

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; 
So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Offer prayers for the following:
The members of this group/grove/coven/congregation...
Those who suffer and those in trouble...
The concerns of this local community...
The world, its people, and its leaders...
The universal Church -its leaders, its members, and its mission...
Those who have died…

The Prayer of Jesus

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever.
Amen.

— The Lord’s Prayer, The New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa

Leave-Taking

The Oath of Peace

We swear by peace and love to stand
Heart to heart, and hand in hand.
Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now.
Confirming this, our sacred vow.

Final Blessing

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

— Adapted from St. Patrick’s Breastplate, Northumbria Community

Extinguish any candles or fire. Take a moment to ground.

Make the Sign of the Cross, then leave the space.

An Element-ary Way to Start the Day

Find a quiet place and take a few moments to center yourself. I find music helpful in this. You might try playing something like Song of Awen by Damh the Bard:

Turning or moving to each quarter, light a candle, and say the following:

May there be peace in the North.

May there be peace in the South.

May there be peace in the West.

May there be peace in the East.

May there be peace throughout the world.

Druid Prayer for Peace

Move or turn to the center and say the Druid’s Prayer.

Grant, O God (Goddess/Great Spirit, Holy Ones, thy protection

And in protection, strength

And in strength, understanding

And in understanding, knowledge

And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice

And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it

And in the love of justice, the love of all existences

And in that love, the love of God (Goddess, Great Spirit, Holy Ones, the Earth our Mother, and all Goodness

attributed to Iolo Morganwg

Chant the word “AWEN” slowly, drawing the word out into three syllables: AH-OH-EN.

Facing East –

Hail to you, Spirits of Air, Spirits of the East!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

I ask for you gifts of clarity, insight, and vision.

Help me to walk in wisdom.

Pause briefly, feeling the breeze moving around and through you. Welcome the power of air.

Facing South –

Hail to you, Spirits of Fire, Spirits of the South!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

Fuel my passion, ignite my creativity.

Help me to walk in courage.

Pause briefly, feeling the heat of the fire as it burns. Welcome the power of fire.

Facing West –

Hail to you, Spirits of Water, Spirits of the West!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

Wash over me with healing, let compassion flow through me.

Help me to walk in love.

Pause briefly, feeling the cool water wash over, around, and through you. Welcome the power of water.

Facing North –

Hail to you, Spirits of Earth, Spirits of the Earth!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

Grow in me health, prosperity, stability, and firmness of purpose.

Help me to walk in strength.

Pause briefly, feeling the solidity, vitality, and strength of the earth beneath you. Welcome the power of Earth.

The following two prayers are addressed to Cernunnos and Brighid. Please feel free to use other prayers here, or none.

Facing East, or towards an image of Cernunnos.

Hail to you, Cernunnos, Lord, sitter in the doorway,

god of equilibrium, terrible, merciful,

you who hold the opposites apart,

you in whom all opposites unite,

my prayer goes to you to open the passage,

to clear the threshold,

to make the way clear.

Ceisiwr Serith, A Book of Pagan Prayer

Pause briefly, listening for anything the deity wishes to communicate to you. Welcome their presence.

Facing an image of Brighid

Hail to you, Brighid, Goddess of Fire,

three-fold queen who inspires poets, artists, and healers,

may your fire be the flame on my hearth,

may your fire be the flame in my heart.

adapted from prayers in A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

Pause briefly, listening for anything the deity wishes to communicate to you. Welcome their presence.

So may it be

If you like, take some time to read, meditate, take an omen, etc.

When ready, conclude with the Druid Vow and some AWENS.

We swear by peace and love to stand

Heart to heart, and hand in hand;

Mark! O Spirit, and hear us now,

Confirming this, our sacred vow.

Chant the word “AWEN” slowly, drawing the word out into three syllables: AH-OH-EN.

Take your leave by thanking the powers you have invoked for their gifts and their presence, and extinguish any candles (or fires) you have lit. As you extinguish the candles say:

As I extinguish these lights, may their flame burn brightly within me, and may I carry what I have gained with me through the day.

So may it be!

Ring a bell or chime, pause briefly, then exit the space.

For Justice and Reconciliation

In perfect love and perfect trust, we ask for the blessings of Air, Fire,
Water, and Earth to help us dispel darkness and hate with the power of
light and love.

Spirits of the East, Spirits of Air, grant us wisdom and inspiration as we work toward truly understanding and truly knowing each other.

Spirits of the South, Spirits of Fire, grant us passion and zeal as we work for justice and equality for everyone.

Spirits of the West, Spirits of Water, grant us healing of mind and heart as we work toward ending fear, division, and hate, and bringing about reconciliation.

Spirits of the North, Spirits of Earth, grant us strength and endurance as we work to build the Beloved Community.

May the powers of the Ancient One,
Spirit of Life,
Source of all creation,
Goddess, bright lady of the moon,
God, horned hunter of the sun,
Guardian spirits, Rulers of the elemental realms,
Powers of the stars above and the Earth below,


*You speak to us from the East and the West,
You speak to us from the North and the South,
You call to us from the depths of our being,
We respond with enthusiasm and fervor,
We cry out from Manila to Maui,
We shout from Alaska to Alabama,
We proclaim love from the highest mountain to the deepest ocean.
Our voices must be heard.
We shall not be silent.
Our voices must be heard.*

Our Voices Must Be Heard, Jonipher Kwong

As we will so mote it be. Blessed be!