Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review: Book of Hours - Prayers to the Goddess

Book of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess by Galen Gillotte

This is another book of prayers, but they are arranged in a book of hours format; morning, evening, and night prayers for each day of the week. There are also morning, evening, and night prayers for all the pagan holidays and moon cycles, as well as some miscellaneous prayers for times of our lives.

They are really quite beautiful prayers, and if you are disciplined enough to sit down and pray at each of those times every day, this would make a wonderful addition to your meditation.

An example: Monday Morning

Introit: (To be said before Morning Prayer every day)
Hail Bright Maiden of quicksilver delight,
shine upon me
Thy morning blessing, which,
like the new dawn, refreshes my Spirit and
lifts my heart with song.
Blessed Be.

Monday's Prayer:
You dance on hilltops in eternal disarray,
Springtime entangled in
Your hair, eyes sapphire ice
glowing to soft rain.
Like birdsong Your voice, or
crystal's silver song;
Your laughter shakes the trees -
The earth gladdens.

Monday's Meditation:
Morning is just another face of night; if morning was a part of you, what would it look like? Feel like? We carry our mornings within us - let them out.

Daily Affirmation:
In the name of the Maiden: I will choose joy today.

Closing Prayer:
Thanks to Thee Bright Maiden for Thy care,
for green laughter and fire-edged dew, and
for Thy blessing, a most precious jewel.
Blessed Be.

I particularly like the daily affirmations. I mean, what a way to start out Monday morning. "In the name of the Maiden: I will choose joy today." 

This book works particularly well alongside Book of Hours: Prayers to the God by the same author, (Review) as that one contains afternoon prayers to the god. So you have morning, afternoon, evening, and night prayers.

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