What do you need to find in a prayer book? Besides prayers, that is. Would you require instruction of a sort? Perhaps guidance for the use of the prayers included – or even bits of information about praying. Suppose the prayer book is a Goddess prayer book. NOW, what would you expect to find? Prayers to specific Goddesses, or for specific purposes? A calendar?
I remember prayer books of my youth – which included all sorts of extraneous information, relating to prayer and praying. Some were one sentence long, some were two pages long. Some were meant to be sung or intoned. Some were simply responses to a leader’s words. And there were lists of counsel, articles of behavioral guidance, and such.
Some worshipers would rather describe the wordings they murmur as charms (or something else) rather than prayers, and if that’s something you prefer, please leave me a comment here, and your preference will be considered.
I’m thinking of reworking my book, Devotions for the Witch. Some bits will be removed and offered separately, in ebook format. And there will be other materials added. I’m also hoping to produce it with a coil binding, to make it lay open for easier use. I’d like to change the cover to make it more descriptive of the contents, and your ideas will help me there.
Ritual Bath meditations, as well as Spiritual Showering (waterless)
Charges of the Goddess
Gestures as well as postures of prayer, according to the many forms of neopaganism
Forms of offerings and sacrifices, and the difference between them
Setting up a home altar, and using it
The consecration of elements, objects and persons
Esbat prayers and procedures
Sabbat prayers and procedures
Circle prayers and procedures
You are invited to add your own list to the above. I promise to fully consider your suggestions in the new edition, which will be forthcoming in 2014.
- What needs to be in YOUR prayer book?
- What do you call the words you say in worship?
- What would you like to see on the new cover?