Demeter

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These are the three prayers to Demeter. I got them from the book, “In Praise of Olympus: Prayers to the Greek Gods’ by Hearthstone.

1st Prayer to Demeter

Fair-haired Demeter, daughter of nimble-footed Rhea, grandchild of deep-hearted Gaia, mother of bright-eyed Persephone: in you, as in them all, is the soul of the earth.

The golden grain is yours, O Demeter, and the heavy fruited trees, the dark rich soil and the seeds that hide within.

Friend of the farmer, friend of all who rely on your goodness and kindness, your gift of growth, your gift of bread, your gift of all our lives.

Demeter, bountiful lady, with each spring’s greening of the land you give us hope; with each rich harvest that hope is answered.

Demeter, good mother, I praise you.

2nd Prayer to Demeter

Shining Demeter, queen of the fruitful earth, daughter of great-bosomed Rhea of ancient name, mother of Persephone, friend of the farmer, friend of all those who hold hope in their hearts.

You hold in your hands the warm black soil, Demeter, you hold in your hands the lives of men and women.

By your will it is, goddess, that the fields flourish, the trees bear sweet fruit; by your goodness it is that we harvest food enough to feed our families.

Kind are you, Demeter, benevolent one, and yet never should your favor be presumed, for your wrath is such that it could end all lives if such was your desire.

Your gifts are precious, O Demeter, more precious than the gold and jewels that lie beneath the new-sown seeds; your blessings are the air we breathe, the bread we eat.

Blessed goddess, Demeter of the great heart, we thank you each day for all you have given us, all we know of life.

3rd Prayer to Demeter

Demeter of the furrowed field, bearer of sheaves, bearer of sorrow, I pray to you.

Goddess, dear to you is the deep soil, the heavy-headed grain; dearer still your daughter, for whose sake you would turn away from all whose lives are bound to your gifts.

In this as in all things, O goddess, do we honor your necessity; we know ell, Demeter, what we owe to your might and good will.

Goddess of harvests, you sustain our bodies; mother of mysteries, you ennoble our spirits, you ready us for sweet Elysium.

Gracious Demeter, I pray for your favor.