Zeus

This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist. Enjoy.

These are the prayers to Zeus. I got them from the book ‘In Praise of Olympus: Prayers to the Greek Gods’ by Hearthstone.

1st Prayer to Zeus

Mighty Zeus, Father Zeus, friend of the traveler, friend of the stranger, friend of the householder.

Wielder of lightening, driver of storms, master of the hard-flung rains that bring life to the earth.

Oh brothers three the youngest, your father’s might you overthrew with cunning wit, his throne you took, his world you made your own.

Kindly Zeus, watchful Zeus, your wrath falls on the oathbreaker, the wrongdoer, the one without honor who preys on his fellows; likewise,k your blessings are on the one who does right, whose word is good, whose hand is open, whose welcome is warm, whose integrity is a certainty.

Great Zeus, father of gods, lord of fair Olympos, wise one, contriving one, maintainer of order, from the deep earth you rose, in the bright sky you reign.

Zeus of many names, friend of the Fates, I praise you!

2nd Prayer to Zeus

Father Zeus, defender of cities, defender of homes, defender of the traveler, of those far from home, of those who rely on the refuge of civilization; kindly Zeus who watches the world, friend of the fates, giver of good fortune, by your good will are our larders full, our children strong, our minds and bodies sound and vital; Zeus, from whom all good derives, whose gifts are sought by all, who knows our troubles and our joys, who hears our calls, who answers them with wisdom and with care; oh Zeus, whose wrath falls on the wrong-doer, whose blessings come to those who are fair-minded and good of heart, who stands behind the guest and the stranger, I praise you!

3rd Prayer to Zeus

Zeus of the lightening-strike, Zeus of the sturdy oak, we hear you in the clash of thunder, we see you in the bright-lit night, we feel you in the air, in the exhilaration of the storm.

I praise you, O god whose will it is that he clouds gather low in the sky, whose gift is rain pulls life from the earth.

Great Zeus, friend of those who wander the world, of those who are ever again among strangers, friend of those who rely on the honor and virtue of others, I praise you, O god of the righteous whose wrath falls on those who prey on the exile and the outcast, the recluse and the solitary.

Zeus of the prophets, Zeus of many oracles, kindly one whose words we hear in silent voices or see in the throw of the bones, whose messages we know by their truth alone.

I praise you, O god who is the source of al visions and signs, of all that is foretold by mortals seekers and seers.