Wednesday, August 17, 2005

joy of joys

School prayer and Alabama's ban of organized public school prayer is back in the news, thanks to Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts. Great, just what we all needed. Previously, I would have start ranting about how religion is personal, and needs to be kept apart from the State, including public schools. I've never had a problem with an individual student praying (I think there is more silent praying before an exam than the government realizes). What I have a problem with a single religion or denomination being the unofficial school's religion.

I've changed my mind. Let's have mandatory school prayer at the beginning of each day. The catch, each day the prayer is from a different religion. I think there are probably over 180 religions in the world, so no religion would get more than one day. (I use the 180 day figure, because that is what Indiana law was when I went to school, many years ago.) Each student would receive a handout of the prayer of the day, or the prayers for that week. I'm volunteering the first prayer for a school system.

Great Mother of us all, with your many names, Gaia, Isis, Artemis, Brigid, Bast, Diana, Morrigan, Lilith, we greet you this morning and ask for your blessing.
Great Father of us all, with your many names, Zeus, Osiris, Cerridwen, Odin, Shiva, Apollo, Jovah, we greet you this morning and ask you for your blessing.
For you are the Divine Mother and Father of us all, and we are all your children, so we ask that you fill our hearts with love for our sisters and brothers.
Where there is fear, replace it with understanding.
Where there is hate, replace it with compassion.
Where there is despair, replace it with hope.
For all of your gifts, we offer our deepest thanks.
In the name of the Goddess and the God,
Blessed Be!

There you go, school prayer issue taken care of.


brainwise said...

Here is one of several available translations of a prayer I like.

Sigidrifa´s prayer from the Eddic Sigdrifumál

"Hail Day ! Hail the Sons of Day !
Hail Night and the Daughters of Night !
Gaze on us with gracious eyes,
And grant us who pray to you victory.

Hail the Gods ! Hail The Goddesses !
Hail the all-giving Earth !
Wisdom and fair speech grant to us
And healing hands while we live."

mira said...

I was trying to remember and/or find the source for a daily greeting prayer that wasn't just for witches, and ended up composing one of my own.

I personally like the following:

I am a Witch!
I am at One with the Earth, Universe, and the Divine!
Let this day be free from Strife and Fear;
Let only Joy and Love come near;
With Blessings given and received
I walk in Peace in Word and Deed.

brainwise said...

I wrote this some years ago for a ... um ... well, for something of an interfaith group that met on a monthly basis.


We pray for Spirit's aid to remember
our purpose in gathering here

That we might exercise discipline and courtesy
speak responsibly and listen consciously

We pray that Spirit will keep us mindful that
there are no leaders or followers on this path
no gurus or disciples
that we all, each of us,
are teachers and students in our own right
and we both learn and instruct
through the sharing of our experiences

And we pray for the gracious awareness
that the souls here are no better than souls elsewhere
but that all souls are striving toward perfection in love

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