Litany to Hermes

This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist.

This is the Litany to Hermes, to be used on prayer beads. I get mine from the book ‘In Praise of Olympus: Prayers to the Greek Gods by Hearthstone.’ I hope that you enjoy it.

 

Hermes the messenger, who bears the words of Zeus, ever-present one who holds the herald’s wand, wingfooted one who brings the blessings of the gods to mortals frail and fleeting. Hermes, friend of men, I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hermes, friend of the merchant, friend of the trader, friend of the householder who prays for certainty, from your hands fall silver and gold, cold coins that warm our hearths and feed our families. Hermes, kind-hearted one, I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hermes the crafty, wise and wily god of tricks, god of the unexpected, god of the swift change and connections unseen, Hermes who finds a way, when all roads are blocked, to reach any destination. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Great Hermes, god of the gambler, god of the game, whose hand we see in the rise and fall of great men and great nations, granter of luck and guide of heedless chance, your keen eye sees what mortals cannot. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Silver-tongued Hermes, god of words who grants to men the gift of persuasion. Patron of diplomats, of those whose lives and livelihoods depend on smooth talk and stirring speech, on wit and rhetoric. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hermes, guide of the dead, patient and kind-hearted leader of the lost, Hermes who stands between the bright world and the dark, who holds open the gate as those we love pass into the realm of Persephone. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.