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    AWESOME EG! I LOVE all of these ! We will try the table blessing #2 or 3 tonight at dinner...short for the little ones and a starving hubby

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    From the Rig Veda 8:30

    Not one of you, gods, is small, not one a little child; all of you are truly great.
    Therefore you are worthy of praise and of sacrifice, you gods of Manu.
    Protect us, help us and speak for us; do not lead us into the distance far away from the path of our father Manu.
    You gods who are all here and who belong to all men, give far-reaching shelter to us and to our cows and horses.


    An alteration of the above prayer to fit Asatru:

    Not one of you, gods, is small, not one a little child; all of you are truly great.
    Therefore you are worthy of praise and of blot, you gods of Ask and Embla.
    Protect us, help us and speak for us; do not lead us into the distance far away from the path of our father Mannus.
    (or Rig/Heimdall?)
    You gods who are all here and who belong to our folk, give far-reaching shelter to us and to our kith and kin.

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    I'm looking forward to dinner, thanks

    Sorry for the off-topic, please proceed

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    Certainly, I Pray, sort of.............

    Each time Our Kindred gathers, for a Feast, after Blot, I Ask a Blessing
    on the Food, most of which I have myself prepared.
    However, at the Feast, the Asa-children are first to eat.
    So generally, it'll be a pot of Beef-stew with vegetables and cornbread or
    fresh biscuits.
    I'll be down in the walkout basement, with the guys, while DSW Sharon &
    the ladies, will be upstairs, getrting the Asakids served.
    So in that case, DSW Sharon will say it.

    While making the Hammer Sign over the Food:
    "We Bless this Food, to the Nourishment of our bodies,
    in the Names of Odin, Balder, Frey, Tyr and Thor.
    Frigga, Nanna, Freyja, Zisa and Sif, be our Guides and our Comfort."

    Now that is similar to the Horg/Altar Blessing, that the Odinic Rite uses,
    with the exception, that we add Tyr, at the bottom-center of the
    cross-stroke of the Hammer Sign.
    We do this because it feels "right to us".

    Now, to us, this is a little different than an "Invocation", such as at the
    beginning of a Blot, where we "Call" a Specific God or Gods/Goddesses, to
    "Join us in our Blot, Be with us & In us".
    See, to us, that is a "Calling in", t.i., an Invocation.(technically speaking)

    We also ask a Blessing on the Asa-Kids, that are participating in the Blot,
    as we pass around with the Horn of Mead.
    If it is a Blot, to a Goddess, Disir or Norns, DSW acting as Gythja, Makes
    a Sunwheel on the childs forehead, with a few drops of Mead, & says:
    "Receive the Blessing of the Holy Disir, this Feast of Disting". Or perhaps,
    I'm leading a Thor's Blot. I say: "Receive now, the Blessings & Strength
    of Thor, this Holy Night."
    Nothing too involved, just a little prayer.

    At times when a friend or aquaintance is badly sick, we, DSW Sharon & I,
    will go out on the back deck of the house, facing the North Star, and
    Offer a Horn of Mead to "Aera, Idunn, & Frigga", with a little prayer, for the
    Strength & well being of the Friend who needs it.

    Steve McNallen of the AFA put together a little "Book of Un-Common Prayer",
    which I think is still offered on the AFA website.
    There are some nice little prayers in it.
    Tey are meant to help you express your thoughts, aloud.

    I think there is certainly a "Value", in Expressing a Prayer, an Oath,
    a Vow, or a Curse, out Loud.
    You do Not "Lay it in the Well" unless you take the Action,to say it Aloud. That's very accepted among the Folk & found in the lore.
    Thinking is not enough...........a Thought Must be Expressed.
    An Oath is Not an Oath, unless it is "Said".
    But........have a Care, what you Say!

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    Ooops, sorry,

    I forgot to add that DSW & I use the same little Blessing, at our own meals that we use for the Kindred Feast.
    And, I love to cook, so I get to.
    Sometimes I do the Blessing, sometimes She does.

    We also have a little indoor "Stalli" that we maintain, as well as the outdoor
    Horg/Altar, with statues of Freyja & Thor, Amber necklace,a Valknut & a Sunwheel, oh and an Antler. It has a Cup, a Horn, a Runewand, & a Sax.
    Hail The Northern Gods! Hail Odin! Hail the Northern Folk!

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    I think that a simple prayer of thanks before a meal is a beautiful and vital thing, especially in this age of fast-food and tv-dinners and the like. Sometimes it is difficult to slow down enough to remember to be thankful for anything, but especially for daily occurances such as food, which as a whole I think is taken for granted.

    When I am alone for a meal I prefer something plain and direct, such as "Thank you for the gift of this food," which is then followed by various other bits of thanksgiving, such as that for family and friends, for a lovely bout of spring weather, for little moments of joy, for life, for the ability to love, etc. When I am with my family however, (which unfortunately is seldom as they live about 12 hours away) there is a longer, very personal and joyous thanksgiving pertaining to the events of the day, to memories of friends and family (alive or passed), to the spiritual life, and to life as a greater whole. This meal blessing is always very special and very relevant.

    I commend you for not only saying a blessing with your wife and children, but also for the simple act of sitting down to a family meal. I never truly appreciated these "sit-down dinners" until I grew up and moved out on my own... they are an enriching and strengthening part of life.

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    Acknowledging the divine

    My Grandfather's mealtime prayer went like this:

    Good bread,
    good meat,
    good god, let's eat.

    And then he would laugh.

    He wasn't mocking; he was acknowledging what was on the table, that we were gathered and that we had a purpose to come together. And by laughing he acknowledged the happiness of gathering family at the table.

    As a man who had a lot of hungry days as a boy, he was making sure that we understood that any bread/meat was good compared to no bread/meat (wasting food was not an option). That food didn't get there by accident but by good and hard work. But you didn't have to grovel for it--you had already worked for it.

    Since I love to cook, my contribution to this is to spend mental time while making the meal reaffirming that food comes from farmers, not from grocery stores; it comes from dirt, not from styrofoam; and the dirt it comes from as well as the work that makes is sacred.

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    I agree with the others who view praying as a sign of weakness.

    Perhaps it is an ex-catholic thing; protestants always creep my out when they hold hands, hug, or speak to their god in public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 917111
    I agree with the others who view praying as a sign of weakness.

    Perhaps it is an ex-catholic thing; protestants always creep my out when they hold hands, hug, or speak to their god in public.

    Although I agree that there is a time and place for it (and in public usually isn't it), I beg to differ on your opinion of prayer as weakness.

    Different folks have different ways of connecting to the divine in their life, and there are equally as many ways to pray as there are people, as it is a personal and individual act. I really think that it's just the term "prayer" that is so cloudy with connotations, and not the act itself, that weirds people out so much.

    For instance, even before I felt like I had a conscious connection with anything outside of myself, I would be alone in the woods and think about life. In it's own way, this was prayer/meditation... only if someone had told me that at the time I would have been indignant.

    Also, you specified Protestants. Do you or your friends/family hold ceremonies/rituals/blots to honour the ways of your ancestors?

    And giving thanks for something vital like food should never be considered weak in my opinion.

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    I do not understand the concept of saying thanks for food or health. Who are you thanking?

    Christians thank their god, which makes sense, since they believe that he made everything and that they must humbly serve him...

    I may thank the woman who prepared the meal, or the man whose toil made possible the food's purchase, but this is a social gesture, not praying. Praying is saying thanks to non-humans such as the earth or the gods.

    It is foolish to thank the world for being as it is. I do not thank gravity for holding me to the earth. I do not thank the sun for providing our planet with energy.

    The world is the way that it is. Everything is matter and energy, both of which behave physically. This matter and energy is currently in a specific position, and in the future this matter and energy will behave as matter and energy do.

    Yet, we do not know the future, so we behave as if we had free wills and as if the future were not fixed. For those who are destined to be resigned to their fate, accomplish nothing, and those who are destined to exert their perceived willpower are certain to reach a greater level of existence.

    We perceive only two things. Our consciousness and everything else which surrounds us, both of which are physical. The consciousness owes no thanks for its exploits, for these exploits occur simply because the world is the way that it is.

    Yet, as is natural, we have goals and desires, and we behave socially. So, one can thank himself and his comrades for the actions which result in our perceived betterment.

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