Prayer

There is a common misconception in Heathenry that we do not pray to the Gods, and we do not kneel. In fact there is plenty of evidence that both occurred. The format for Fyrnsidere prayer is as follows:

In Old English, the prayer itself is known as the ‘bēd’ and is pronounced the same as modern ‘bade’. There are generally considered to be three parts of the bēd as follows:

1) Cīgung (calling) – The formal address of the deity/deities in question, using epithets or descriptive phrases. ie: “Tīw, Bringer of Justice, Lord of Righteousness, Virtuous One.”

2) Giwung (petition) – A direct explanation as to the purpose the deity/ deities in question are being approached , and why the devotee might be worthy of their blessings. The devotee might recount past deeds or express familial bonds as a reason for petition.

3) Offrung (offering) – The gesture of good will on the devotee’s part, in the form of a sacrifice, offering or gift. It can be, but is not limited to being a physical offering and something less tangible, like that of an oath or promise to provide some service in exchange.

The prayer is a formal address in keeping with the tenets of the gifting cycle. A prayer is as simple or complicated as we want it to be. For example:

“Oh Tīw, Shining One, bringer of justice and beacon of virtuosity, I call to you now to hear my prayer.

I come to you as one who strives for justice according to the law, for fairness and for integrity in all that I do. I petition you to guide my hand as I face those who would do wrong unto others, to help me expose those who would dwell in the darkness of lawlessness and to battle the agents of the Ūtangeard that would seek to undermine our very society.

Please accept this gift, oh Tīw which is earnestly offered.A gift for a gift as is our way. I dedicate and I give this in your name. May you find that this gift pleases you.”

Big thanks, as always to the Larhus Fyrnsida for the majority of the above format.