Bēdu

When crafting prayers, the Þingere (Intercessor/Priest) of Sundorwīc Hearth typically utilizes Versnel’s tripartite prayer model.

In Old English, the prayer itself is known as the ‘bēd’ and is pronounced the same as modern ‘bade’. The three constituent parts of the bēd are as follows:

1)  Cīgung (calling) – The formal address of the deity/deities in question, using epithets or descriptive phrases.  ie: “Frīg, Flax-Spinner, Hearth-Matron, All-Knower.”

2) Giwung (petition) – A direct explanation as to the purpose the deity/ deities in question are being approached , and why the devotee might be worthy of their blessings.  The devotee might recount past deeds or express familial bonds as a reason for petition.

3) Offrung (offering) – The gesture of good will on the devotee’s part, in the form of a sacrifice, offering or gift. This step is somewhat ambiguous, in that it can be a physical offering, or something less tangible, like that of an oath.

The list below is not an exhaustive one, but does provide an example of some of the prayers we use in rituals throughout the year.


A Midsumor Prayer to Hengest and Horsa

Prayer to Sōl-Hǣlugifestre

A Prayer to Wada

A Leech’s Prayer

A Prayer to Niht

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