[Update] Prayers

There was no Hawthorne & Heather column due to my being under the weather. I wanted to bring you some updates to the site and new variations on our prayers.

Our devotional life page has been updated to reflect our increased number of gods. We currently have eight, or our ‘expected’ number of gods. We do not have an official, agreed-upon name for our eighth god. I use ‘Liathane’ in prayers and have used it as a placeholder. I have also added Elliot’s prayer for the Darren. We haven’t solidified which day belongs to the Darren, so I’ve listed two days on which his devotion can be used.

I’m currently working on other simple prayers for the People. I need some help deciding which to use as our official ones. The best way to decide is to actually say them aloud so that we know what flows well. If you feel comfortable, please experiment with saying these prayers aloud and let me know which flows best to you.

The Forever Prayer

The Forever Prayer is based on the first prayer I made to say to the Four Gods. These variations have to do with the middle part of the prayer (’you who burn…’) and which order these titles should be read in. I personally don’t feel adding more titles for the Later Four Gods is practical, as it makes the prayer clunky and long. So consider both the flow and how the titles tie to the different gods.

Version One

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane
I praise the Four Gods of the faith –
You who burn, you who bury, you who dance, you who drown –

I praise you.

Version Two

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane
I praise the Four Gods of the faith –
You who bury, you who drown, you who burn, you who dance –

I praise you.

Version Three

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane
I praise the Four Gods of the faith –
You who bury, you who burn, you who dance, you who drown –

I praise you.

Version Four

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane
I praise the Four Gods of the faith –
You who burn, you who bury, you who dance, you who drown –
I sing to you your praises, I speak to you your words.

This I pray.

First Prayer

This is the first prayer I wrote for the Four Gods, upon which the Forever Prayer is based.

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne
I praise the Four Gods of Western Faery –
You who burn, you who bury, you who dance, you who drown,
I sing to you your praises,
I speak to you your words,
That I may know and love you.

This I pray.

The Dedicant’s Prayer

This prayer is intended to open communication between the gods and the person praying. It’s not a commitment ceremony or a devotional commitment. It is not necessary to pray to the gods but can facilitate communication and comfort in praying to them.

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane –
Hear me as I speak to you.
I offer my hadn to you.
Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane –
I offer my hand.
West wind, carry my prayer to the gods who dwell there.

This I pray.

Simple Devotional

I created this due to the unfortunate reaction I had to divine presence, in which I could not think of words to say to honor them or express my love and awe. I’m not sure to its applicability for other people.

I have no words to give you but my speech, plain.
I have no gifts to give you but my acts, simple.
But I offer them to you, in devotion.

This I pray.

Sunday Offering

I call this the ‘Sunday offering’, but it can be said at the end of your week whenever that falls. It does require some offering to be made, preferably one of water. It’s intended to be said at the end of the day at the end of your week.

Clarene Ophelia Laetha Dierne Laethelia Ophelene Darren Liathane –
Cleanse form me what has harmed.
Bring to me what will heal.

This I pray.
These offerings I give to you at the end of the day.


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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Aine “Annie” Llewellyn is a 20-something girl-creature and devotional polytheist living in Tucson, AZ. She maintains and writes for ‘of the Other People’ and is the main spokesperson of the Otherfaith.

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