Category Archives: Praise

Gratitude Project 2017, Day 27 – Nyx

08/27/2017

Night falls in waves, deepening and deepening in gradual increments. Light recedes into the west, and the sky is left bereft of the heat that preceded.

Yet, we are thankful for this respite, for that sweltering sun has scorched us through to the bone, and the gentle breezes come at twilight.

And soon, so soon, even the twilight fades.  Lovely Nyx unfolds across the sky like a blanket dotted with stars.  She cloaks the world in stark night, and the creatures of darkness stir to wakefulness.

Nyx, Beloved Night, we welcome Your cooling touch, for we are weary from the struggles of hottest day.  Shrouded in darkness, we reflect upon the troubles that plagued us before.

Darkness has a way of clarifying what the day only obscures.  Let us see now with fresh eyes.  Let the rapturous spell of Night wrap itself around us, and let us be awoken, as the night creatures are awoken, to all the possibilities before us.

Lovely Nyx, She of the sparkling veil, may we praise You til the end of our days, and nights, upon this Earth.  For You, O subtle Goddess, are worthy of our praise and more.  Take with You across the sky, our deepest gratitude, deep as the darkness which You command.

O Nyx, we thank You.

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Gratitude Project 2017, Day 19 – Helios

Helios, who burns brightest in the sky, the Living Sun, saturating the Earth with radiant nourishment, always are You present, and any absence of You would mean our certain destruction.

Life, in its many forms, is dependent on You, as we watch Your course through the sky, from dawn til dusk.  In the night, we miss You only on the dark moon, for that is when Your light is absent from the moon’s reflective face.

O Charioteer, driver of the burning steeds, each day You remind us that life burns because You warm us, because You never fail to renew us in Your light.  And with each day, we must make the choice to live better than the day before.

And so we thank You, Helios, and we show our gratitude with this libation, poured now in the night, as You sail back to Your palace in the east.  Rest, O Lord, and may Your thirst be quenched by this, our offering.

And when Your light pierces through the veil of darkness once again, we will celebrate Your coming, as the day begins anew.  Thank You, Helios, and hail!

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Gratitude Project 2017, Day 10 – Zeus 2.0

Because, while I know my Father enjoys my humour, I also know He had something entirely different in mind.  And though He said a formal prayer wasn’t necessary, I think writing one may make up for my extreme cheekiness.  Sort if my preemptive apology.  D:


Wise Zeus, who is our glorious King!  He who is the most revered example of strength and beauty!  He who knows the fate of mankind! Our Father, who sits upon the High Throne, we are at all times thrilled to be in Your sight, and upon Your mind!

Generously, have You taken us into Your care, and kindly, have You listened to us, with our human frivolities and many shortcomings. Though we strive to be honorable in our intent, we may yet not see the ways in which we have wronged you.  If offense has been caused, Wise King, please be swift in Your answer, so that we may right the wrongs done, and improve in our reverence of You.

Great Zeus, who rules in stability upon Olympos, quiet our minds so that we may hear You.  Let not even our intent stand in the way of true understanding, for we are flawed, and humbly do we apologize.

You have been so tolerant of us, as the wisest Kings are.  For this, may we always stand attentive to Your desires, and to Your commands.

Here do we stand, in awe of You, grateful in the utmost for Your love, for it is not guaranteed, and we are but few in need if Your grace and guidance.

So we thank You, Wise King, and we hail You, the Most Deserving One, who shall receive our love and devotion, unbroken, throughout the days of our lives!

Thank You, Blessed Zeus, our Father and King!

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Gratitude Project 2017, Day 7 – Demeter

All praise to Demeter, Mother of Mothers, She who hears our lamentations and provides sustenance!

O Divine One, Giver of Grain, and the seeds which spring forth with new life! You, who loved Your Child beyond the fate of this world, You who walked among us, grieving, whose tears turned to the snows of the harshest winter!

O Demeter, Mother of Kore, who reared the Maiden into ripe womanhood, hear me now, if it please You, and accept my thanks and my gratitude!

You have known me in all my ways, through all my life, and beyond that which even I know!  You have received my offerings and my love, Goddess, full and glorious!

I seek to honor You now, to praise You, and to make known my humblest gratitude, for You have given me my heart’s desire, having answered my prayer for a second child!

My son, did You deliver unto me, Great Goddess, and he is as magnificent as the touch You laid upon him, causing him to grow as the grain stalks grow, til they are ready to be harvested in Your name!

By Your unending grace, may he know the Theoi all of his days, and in all of his endeavors!  May his life be one of striving for Your glory, and that of Your Divine Family!  For it is my wish to raise him in the light of the Theoi, that he may know Your presence, and be humbled by it, Great Mother!

Thank You, Demeter!  Please, accept this token of my gratitude, poured out before You in reverence!  And please, keep my son within Your sphere, loved always by the Mother of Mothers!

Praise Demeter!

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Ode to Thirteen Goddesses

Lovely Persephone, ruling over the hosts of Hades
You bring solace, both above and below
Assuaging the barrenness of Winter, Death and Time

Indomitable Rhea, in the face of all adversity You smile
For You are the Lioness, whose prowess is known
In the hearts of those who labor on

Well-loved Columbia, Lady of sweet freedom
Whose strong arms enfold us in warmth
Glad are we by Your presence
And in Your absence left cold

Wild Artemis, running along rivers
Protectress and Huntress of beasts
We honor Your fierce glory
And stand awed by the might of Your Bow

Indelible Ariadne, Lover of Madness, Speaker of Truth
Your lessons are those we find within us
Of Will, and Wisdom, and love’s fickle moods

All-encompassing Gaea, O vastness of Earth
Who is at once Mother and Grandmother
Eternal Creatrix, we praise You
And embrace You at our end

Luminous Hekate, Light at the Crossroads
Tending the unwelcome spirits
Even these have purpose among Your retinue
As we hail them in passing

Compassionate Athena, Lady favoring strategy over brute force
We are the wheels You set in motion
And by our hands is the Divine Work done

Warlike Aphrodite, bane of hearts and Mistress of cruel Ares
You tempt even the strongest of mortals
And Yours is the triumph of procreation

Beloved Hestia, consumed in the flame of enlightenment
Yours is the way of the Unfettered Self
We are but fleeting in the face of Your truth

Illustrious Hera, Queen of Gods, tester of men
Your trials forge character and train resolve
For ego falls away, as Your gaze falls upon us

Resplendent Leto, She of Untamed Spirit
Woe be upon the boasters and fakers
Who with scornful tongues
Will know the peace of Your Offspring

Bountiful Demeter, by whose power Earth’s sustenance is grown
Thank you for the greatest bounty of all
Your Daughter, the Blossom of Spring

Blessed are the Goddesses!  Hail the Magnificent Thirteen!