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To Hella

Gracious Hella, noble lady of the afterworld,
defender of bright Balder, kind-hearted guardian
of those who have entered your realm. Child of chaos,
keeper of order, mistress of the roomy halls
of shining Helheim, guardian of the frigid plains
of Niflhel, your gate held firm against all ill.
To our beloved dead you show your face so fair;
your fearsome visage you reserve for those whose evil
carries them to Nastrond’s shore. Hella, best of hosts,
open-handed receiver of guests, your hearth
and your table you share with those who have passed
into your domain. Hail to Hella, hail the holder
of hope! We thank you for the blessings you grant to those
we have loved in this world, we thank you for a welcome
still to come. Hail to Hella, hail your safe haven!

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

 

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To Hella

Hail to Hella, kind-hearted Hella,
who welcomes each traveler to her realm,
who carries sweet mead to those who thirst,
whose tables groan with good meat and bread,
with a place for each by a warm hearthfire,
as family and friends long lost gather round,
to hold the new one close, to clasp their hand,
for a heavy heart–a loss in one world–
brings joy and reunion in the next.
Hella, goddess, lady of Helheim,
heedful guardian of the worlds’ renewal,
we thank you for your goodness and graciousness,
for your care of those who have gone before us
into the unknown. Hella, we hail you!

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

 

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To Hella

Hail to Hella, hospitable goddess
rejoiner of families, of parted friends.
Mistress of Helheim, preserver of Balder,
provider of light and warmth to those
who wander in a cold, dark afterworld,
granter of rest and comfort to those
whose lives were long and hard and filled with strife.
We thank you, goddess, for your kindnesses
to those we have loved and lost, who have passed
from our world into yours. Hail to Hella!

 
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Hail to Hella, alabaster goddess,
grave hostess to many who have walked
the long path to death, to reunion
with long-gone kith and kin, with folk unmet
until we pass from this existence.
The soothing touch of cool white hands, Hella;
the last sharp breath of one whose time has come;
the comfort of a loved one’s spark of presence
in a long and cold and lonely night;
the longed-for meeting of beloved friends,
hands clasped and horns passed at your open hearth;
the reward of rest after hard-lived life;
all these are yours, sweet and solemn Hella.
Gracious Hella, as kind as necessity,
as welcoming as one’s own front door,
as just and as true as nature itself,
we thank you for your many blessings.
your gift of release, your care of those
now gone from our lives. Hail to Hella!

 
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To Hella

Remember death, remember kind Hella,
guardian of those who have passed from this world,
comforter of those who have left life and love
behind, reuniter of families,
generous holder of many-roomed Hel,
hostess to be of so many who now live.
Hella, seductive one, awesome one,
granter of the last great gift we may receive,
provider of all hospitality,
your hearth ever warm and welcoming,
your tables ever heavy with food,
your casks ever filled with mead and ale.
We thank you, Hella, for your kindnesses
to those we have loved during life and beyond,
for the certainty of your welcome,
for a warm safe place when our lives on Midgard
have run their full course. Hail to Hella!

 
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To Hella

Gracious Hella, so dark and so fair,
so grim and so beautiful, we call you.
Mistress of Helheim, daughter of Loki,
guardian of bright Balder, you hold your own.
Hella, provider of bed and board,
hearth and home, to those who have passed from life,
we thank you for kindness to those we love,
our family of long ago, our dearest kin,
our honored dead who dwell within your halls.
Hella, to whom we all may one day go,
friend of those who have died and those who weep,
we honor you now as the days grow short,
as night falls quickly and lasts so long,
as in this season the world itself falls cold.
Hella, we ask your presence tonight,
as we speak of our beloved dead.
As we remember them, we know your might.

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

 

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A Daily Devotion

Hail to Odin, ruthless seeker of wisdom,
far-seeing persuader, bender of what will be.

Hail to Frigga, exacting mistress of the home,
seeress and spinner whose gifts weave through our lives.

Hail to Thor, strong-armed defender of Midgard,
red-bearded rain-bringer, faithful friend of mankind.

Hail to Sif, golden-haired goddess, dear wife of Thor,
treasure of the gods, bringer of life to the cold earth.

Hail to Frey, giver of wealth of gold and grain alike,
of peace and protection, of joy and of pleasure.

Hail to Freya, who stirs sweet desire and keen-edged strife,
seeress, sorceress, strong-willed holder of war-dead.

Hail to Tyr, one-armed granter of justice deserved,
Thing-warder, wolf-binder, strong-minded foe of chaos.

Hail to Skadhi, sharp-minded huntress, winter’s maid,
bow-woman, vengeance-seeker, shining bride of Njord.

Hail to Ullr, snowshoe god, friend of hunters,
unsurpassed, glory of the gods.

Hail to Eir, soft-handed healer, gentle goddess
whose touch brings relief from ills of all kinds.

Hail to Heimdall, constant guardian of bright Bifrost,
keen-eyed giver of clear thought, father of men.

Hail to Nerthus, ancient and unfathomable,
holder of the black earth and of the seeds within.

Hail to Njord, fair-footed husband of fierce Skadhi,
friend of sailors, seacoast-dweller, giver of wealth.

Hail to Bragi, foremost of skalds, rune-tongued master
of inspiration’s fire, of wordcraft’s labor.

Hail to Idunna, keeper of the treasured fruit
of youth and vigor, radiant renewer of life.

Hail to Forseti, law-giver and law-keeper,
arbiter, peacemaker, mender of fences.

Hail to Hella, host of our beloved dead,
inevitable one to whom we all will go

Hail to Aegir, best of brewers, best of hosts,
master of the dark sea depths and all they hold.

Hail to Ran, ocean-queen, keeper of Aegir’s hall,
stirrer of storms, both bane and reprieve of ships at sea.

Hail to Balder, brightest son of farseeing Odin,
final hope of the gods, final hope of all the worlds.

Hail to Nanna, bold-hearted bride of Balder,
strong one, true one, holding fast to hearth and heart.

Hail to Jord, deep-souled mother of red-bearded Thor,
enduring holder of breath and blood, sea and stone.

 
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