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To the Ancestors

Beloved ones, friends and kin long gone, family lost
to time and distance, grandmothers and grandfathers
of centuries past, you whose loss still cuts knife-sharp
and you we know only from oft-repeated tales.
Honored ones, you whose lives inspire us, you whose deeds
shaped history for good or ill, whose blood runs through our veins,
you whose bold and restless hearts brought us to new lands,
you to whom we owe our lives and our existence,
we remember you this night. We see your faces
in the mirror each day, we see your spirit
in our children’s eyes. We see the world we live in
and recognize your hand in it; we find our way
through life and know your lives as well. Through the years
we hear your voice, we feel your gaze, we know your love
and care. Hail to the dead, hail to our foundation.

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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Ancestors, Heathen Prayers

 

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To the Ancestors

To all of those who have gone before us,
to all of those whose love we have known
and who we have loved, to all lost friends
and long-gone kin, to all of those whose blood
runs through our veins, whose faces we see
in our children, whose lives provide for us
inspiration and insight, without whom
we would not be, to our ancestors
of heart and of mind, of bone and of breath,
we remember you this night, we honor your lives,
we honor your wisdom, we find you in ourselves.
Hail the beloved dead–we remember you!

 
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To the Ancestors

Hail to those who have gone before, our honored dead,
our grandmothers and grandfathers of ages past.
Hail to those who have given their genes, those gifts
from men and women long gone that live on in us,
and to those who have given their love and their care;
whose stories have traveled through generations;
whose deeds and choices have founded our own lives.

Hail to those who have given their work and wisdom
to the world, whose efforts have built nations and
changed the path of history, whose actions have turned
the lives of others in small but essential ways,
those leaders and warriors, thinkers and believers,
farmers and teachers, builders and inventors,
artists and healers and tellers of tales.

Hail to those who have passed from this world to the next,
to those who dwell now within the halls of Hella,
to those who inspire us, to those we recall
with love, to those who watch over us with kind eyes,
whose lives have touched us, whose tales have moved us,
whose wisdom has granted us lessons to treasure.
Hail to the ancestors! Hail to the honored dead!

 
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