Find a quiet place where you can be alone without distraction. Weather permitting, I like to be outside.
Light candles or a small fire, if you like.
Take a few moments to center yourself. If outside, I focus on the natural sounds around me. Inside, I find music helpful, something like Damh the Bard’s Song of Awen.
Greeting the Four Directions
For the following, if you like, stand and face each direction, or walk to that position. Pause after each line to visualize peace spreading to that direction.
May there be Peace in the North. May there be Peace in the South. May there be Peace in the West. May there be Peace in the East. Facing east, Through the strength of heaven, Light of the sun, Splendor of Fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the earth - May there be Peace in the Land, in the Sea, and in the Sky. May there be Peace throughout the world.
Chant some AWENS.
Greeting the Sun
Facing East, say or chant:
O Dawning Sun, O Sign of Christ, O Sacred Seal, of All! We hail you as you arise from the darkness of oblivion. O Divine Word! O Christ! O Creator of the Vastness of the Universe! We hail you Sun, as you end the night, and come to create the Day. We reunite ourselves with you in this moment, as you travel through all the circles of the universe, manifesting one Wisdom, one Beauty and one Strength. -- Morning Prayer, The Cyprian Orisons
Meditation and Prayer
Psalms and Scripture
Psalms and Scripture Readings from the Daily Lectionary of The Episcopal Church More information on using the Daily Lectionary is on the site.
Morning Canticle – The Song of Simeon (Benedictus Dominus)
If used in a group setting the asterisk* indicates a change of reader or group of readers.
Blessèd are you, the God of Israel,* You have come your people and set them free. You have raised up for us a mighty Savior,* Born of the house of your servant, David. Through your holy prophets you promised of old* To save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. To show mercy to our ancestors,* And to remember your holy covenant. This was the oath you swore to our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah,* To set us free from the hands of our enemies. Free to worship you without fear,* Holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,* For you will go before God to prepare the way. To give God’s people knowledge of salvation* By the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God* The dawn from on high shall break upon us, To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,* And to guide our feet into the way of peace. --Luke 1: 68-79, from A Way of Living: A Worship, Prayer and Liturgy Resource for the Lindisfarne Community, Jane Hall-Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Copyright © 2006 Jane Hall-Fitzgibbon and Andrew Fitzgibbon, The Lindisfarne Community.
Help us, O God our Savior; Deliver us and forgive us our sins. Look upon your congregation; Give to your people the blessing of peace. Declare your glory among the nations; And your wonders among all peoples. Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away; Never forget the lives of your poor. Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you; And your favor to those who are true of heart. Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life. Offer prayers for the following: The members of this group/grove/coven/congregation... Those who suffer and those in trouble... The concerns of this local community... The world, its people, and its leaders... The universal Church -its leaders, its members, and its mission... Those who have died…
The Prayer of Jesus
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven: The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world! Your heavenly will be done by all created beings! Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth. With the bread we need for today, feed us. In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us. In times of temptation and test, strengthen us. From trials too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all that is evil, free us. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever. Amen. -- The Lord’s Prayer, The New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa
The Druid Prayer
Grant, O God, Thy Protection; And in protection, strength; And in strength, understanding; And in understanding, knowledge; And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice; And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it; And in that love, the love of all existences; And in the love of all existences, the love of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Life-Giver, Mary our mother, all the angels and saints, All of creation that sustains and nourishes us, and all goodness. --Adapted from Iolo Morganwg (attributed)
The Oath of Peace
We swear by peace and love to stand Heart to heart, and hand in hand. Mark! O Spirit, and hear us now. Confirming this, our sacred vow.
Chant some AWENS.
As the fire dies down, let it be relit in my heart. May I hold onto what the eye and heart have gained. Though this ceremony is ending, may its inspiration continue within my being. So may it be. Extinguish candles/fire, take a few moments to ground, and leave the space.