[Update] Devotional Life

Communal (“shared”) prayer is a vital part of the Other People’s life. By sharing in prayer, we come closer to our gods and to each other. This is why we have structured prayer and why an Other Person makes time for prayer. Prayer is how we speak to our gods. It is part of keeping right relationship with them and the community.

Our devotional schedule starts on Monday and ends on Sunday. An Other Person may adjust this schedule as needed. What is vital in our devotional life is integrating it into your life. If you know you won’t have time to do elaborate devotion to the gods at a certain time, don’t plan on doing it. That sets you up for failure. At the same time, if you do have free space in your schedule, consider devotion being something you can do.

It is important that, whether your week starts on the typical Monday or on another day, you open with devotion to the Clarene by giving her an offering of some sort of plant. Tobacco is preferred. This is disposed of at the end of your week, whether that be on Sunday or another day. These should be given on a shrine for the Four Gods or, in the absence of such, near the front door of your home. Before giving any offering or devotion before the shrine, you must provide light (a candle, lantern, string of lights, etc.) and water (poured from one container into another). After doing so, you may proceed with your devotions.

It is important to differentiate between prayers, praises, and adorations. These are all types of devotions. Praises and adorations are only given before a shrine, before the image of a god, or in a sacred space.

Many of our prayers open with a litany of the gods’ names. These are said in a specific order to give proper respect to the gods as they were deified. This order may be altered when giving devotion to a specific god. This litany of names may also be said at any time to give devotion or seek comfort from the gods. While it may be shortened to the first four gods in specific circumstances, it is recommended that all the gods are prayed to as to give proper and complete devotion.

Litany of Four Gods

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene
To you, I pray.

Daily Life

There are Four Prayers the People say everyday. These give devotion to the Four Gods and provide support for the People. They may be said before the shrine or as you go about your day. They are intended to be said at morning, noon, evening, and night, but they may be said as fits your schedule. If your midday falls around six in the evening, for example, you would say the midday prayer at that time. It is important that each prayer is said, however. If you forget to say a prayer, say it once you remember. You may say multiple prayers at once if you know your schedule will not provide time for prayer when it would usually be said.

Prayer at Waking

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne –
I wake to thoughts of you.
Laethelia Ophelene –
I go about this day with you.

This I pray.

Prayer at Midday

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene –
I speak of your glory now
that your greatness may fill my day.

This I pray.

Prayer at Evening

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene –
My words have honored you,
my deeds do even better.

This I pray.

Prayer at Rest

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne –
I rest to thoughts of you.
Laethelia Ophelene –
I go into sleep with you.

This I pray.

Weekly Devotions

Along with our daily prayers, we may give specific praises to the Four Gods on their sacred day. This collection of devotions are called the Six Praises. These devotions are given before the shrine or an image of the god. Unlike the Four Prayers, the People are not expected to say these every week. Doing so does deepen our practice, however. Those pursuing clergy or mystical paths should give these devotions. These should be said at a specific time on specific days, not at any time or anywhere throughout the day.

This day is dedicated to the Clarene. On Monday, we give devotion to her for a good and blessed week. Devotion should be given immediately after you wake and dress.

Praise to the Clarene

Oh greatest god of the West,
she who lifts me to her height,
who makes in me her equal –
I praise you

This I pray.

This day is sacred to the Ophelia. Giving devotion and spending time in contemplation is important in honoring her. This devotion is given in the evening, at twilight-sunset.

Praise to the Ophelia

Oh beloved in blue,
she who drowns me in waves,
who captures me in time –
I praise you.

This I pray.

Dedicated to the Ophelene, we praise this statuesque god on this day. Our devotion recommits us to the gods and People. We give these devotions in the morning, before going about our daily business.

Praise to the Ophelene

Oh great god of steel,
she who lends aid always,
who steers me ever right –
I praise you.

This I pray.

Opposite the Ophelia, the Laetha claims Thursday as his day. We give devotion to this fiery god that he might be kind to us with his flames. We give devotion to him at midday.

Praise to the Laetha

Oh frightful are her fires,
she who scorches me bare,
who burns to touch another –
I praise you.

This I pray.

the Dierne owns Friday. As is fitting for his nighttime associations and party-life style, we give devotion to him in the evening.

Praise to the Dierne

Oh beloved boy above all,
she who offers stars and shine,
who teases me with sweet song –
I praise you.

This I pray.

Saturday belongs to the Laethelia, our god of healing. Devotion to her is given in early evening, when the sun just begins to set, as the light at this time is associated with this god.

Praise to the Laethelia

Oh deep-water girl-god,
she who gives me balms,
who soothes all my wounds –
I praise you.

This I pray.

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The Litany of Four Gods has changed. Why?

Before, the Litany of Four Gods included only the first four gods, leaving out our syncretic deities the Laethelia and Ophelene. The names of the gods were also in a haphazard arrangement. this new litany includes our syncretic gods and is arranged in alignment with our theology. We open with the Clarene, foremost of the gods, and proceed based on apotheosis order. We also end with the Ophelene so that we open and close with the same sound.

Does this mean the gods didn’t respond to the old litany?/Was I doing something wrong?

If you used the old litany, you did nothing wrong. And the gods certainly responded to the old one! We’ve changed the litany so it is better aligned with what the gods have conveyed about themselves, however. Don’t worry about the past. Just use the new litany now!

Do I have to pray everyday?

Yes. Daily prayer is part of being an Other Person. You should always strive to say each of the Four Prayers everyday. This does not mean you must be perfect at prayer when you start (or even as a more experienced Person). It may be good to start with one daily prayer and build up from that point.

What is the difference between the Four Prayers and Six Praises?

The largest difference in the Otherfaith between prayers and praises are where and when they are said. Prayers may be said anywhere, whether in front of your shrine or on your way to work. They are meant to be a bit on-the-go. Praises, however, may only be said before a shrine or image of the god the praising is for. They may also only be said at specific times, either during the day or during the People’s ceremonies. The Four Prayers are required to be said everyday as part of a Person’s practice; the Six Praises are optional.

Do I have to have a shrine?

An Other Person should eventually establish a shrine at which to give offerings and devotions, so yes. The establishment of the shrine is considered one of the last steps to a Person’s practice and so may be postponed until one is sure they wish to honor the Four Gods or until they are able to set up the shrine. If you wish to give praises but do not have a shrine, an image of the god (on a computer screen, printed out, or a statue symbolizing them) will suffice.

I want to start praying to the Four Gods. How do I start?

We will be posting a brief beginner’s guide in the next few weeks. Please wait for this to see how to begin giving devotion to the Four. Until now it has been a loose process; we are trying to structure it better and allow better opportunity for seekers to interact with the gods before committing completely to them.

Thank you for reading. ‘of the Other People’ is a site dedicated to the Otherfaith, a modern polytheist religion. You can find more about us here and here. You can contact us here if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

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