A Book of Pagan Prayer

A Book of Pagan Prayer

by Ceisiwr Serith
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A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

There are many reference books on elaborate pagan rituals but never - until now - a guide to the most basic of practices: prayers and offerings. A Book of Pagan Prayer provides the pagan community a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of prayers - and shows readers how they too can create their own. After an introduction on why to pray, author Ceisiwr Serith explores how to pray through words, posture, dance, and music. He explains how to prepare for and compose prayers, how to address and honor the deities, and how to conclude a prayer. Serith also answers important questions, such as: Why should pagans pray? Should prayers be spontaneous? What are offerings about? Is all this just trying to buy the gods off? Gathered from many traditions - including Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian - this guide includes nearly 500 sample prayers organized by purpose: for the family and household; times of the day, month, and year; life passages; thanksgiving, grace, and petition; as well as litanies and mantras. Whether offering a blessing, celebrating new life, safeguarding travel, or honoring the seasons, readers will discover timeless pagan prayers for worship, spiritual connection, and personal relationship with the gods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609255824
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 292,578
File size: 316 KB

About the Author

Ceisiwr Serith is the author of The Pagan Family, Deep Ancestors, and A Book of Pagan Prayer. A pagan for over thirty years he has presented workshops at numerous pagan festivals and delivered papers at Celtic conferences at UCLA, Berkeley, and Harvard. He currently lives along the seacoast of New Hampshire, where he is the Grover Organizer for Nemos Ognios, a grove of the druidic organization Ár nDraíocht Féin.

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Book of Pagan Prayer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review isn't so much a judgment on the book itself as it is on the careless publisher. The book goes up to p. 226, then jumps to p. 179, goes up to p. 226 again (in other words, pp. 179-226 are printed twice in a row), and then it jumps to p. 259. The book is missing pp. 227-258 entirely. These are the sections I bought this book for. The rest of the book is pretty good. It's actually excellent. It's laid out much like the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. The Bibliography is excellent. Just wish I had the litanies and the appendices... :(
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Book of Pagan Prayer is an excellent read for Pagans of numerous religions and personal paths, in my opinion. I feel that this book transcends skill level, there are helpful tips and reminders in here for the novice and experienced alike. Serith moves smoothly through his explanations that begin with why and how we pray and then continues onto a brief, but well written look at Pagan prayers of the past and present. The author offers the reader a variety of different ways to pray by using not only our voices but our bodies as well.********** The subject of offerings is a significant part of this book and the author includes some simple offering ideas and concepts that I hadn't considered. For Pagans who do not use offerings in their path, you'll have to wade through a good bit of discussion on it. Who knows though? Perhaps you will be inspired to try adding offerings to your prayers and rituals.********** Serith moves onward into ideas on how to prepare for prayer. Chapter four was my favorite section, as Serith instructs on some simple ways for the individual to compose their own prayers. He doesn't linger on ways to make the prayers sound pretty or force them to rhyme; instead he stresses the importance of making them full of sincerity and praise to the diety(s). Sporadic prayers are touched on, but this is not the focus of the book. Those who have a disinterest in set-prayer will not find this book helpful.********** The last section of the book concentrates on set prayers that Serith has created himself. They don't rhyme and they aren't full of beautiful words, they're bare boned and straight to the point- this may bother some who are used to a more ornate form of prayer. There are examples of prayer for all sorts of times and occasions. I liked the fact that Serith used a wide variety of dieties in his prayer examples because it gave him a farther reach to connect with a variety of Pagan paths that aren't necessarily Wicca-oriented.********** A Book of Pagan Prayer isn't for everyone, but I think that it would find a way onto many bookshelves if readers take a good look through it. This is the only book that I've seen on the market that is specific to Pagan paths and puts the spotlight on a spiritual practice that is all to often overlooked; the simple, yet powerful act of prayer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you don't have time to create your own prayer, or don't really know how to write one yet is when this book comes in handy... No Pagan home should be without one...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just want to say that this is one of the most complete books for pagan prayer. It even has an index!!! So, if you need a prayer book, wether you are Pagan, Wiccan, or whatever, this book is great.
RavenKR More than 1 year ago
As someone born and raised Christian, but who is studying other religions, I bought this book to see what Pagan prayers are like. I find them to be interesting and not all that different from the Christian prayers I have learned and used. Of course these are not prayers to God, but instead to the Goddess. Otherwise they are similar in what they request, and in their expression of gratitude for their blessings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this had a very large selection of prayers within it. Lovely for those who have problems writing their own prayers. A good book to have on every pagan bookshelf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good to have when you need a quick prayer that is in a positive tone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to help our spiritual self. I needed something like this and finally found it. I hope all that need help can acquire it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for a pagan prayer book for some time, and finally caught up with this one. It is excellent. There are prayers for all ocassions. The prayer book itself is a great help for my spiritual growth. I hope every one gets a copy of this prayer book. You will not be disappointed.