Daily Devotional Prayers for Pagans and Wiccans

January 14th, 2008

Connecting intimately with the divine is the primary focus of religion, regardless of how each religion views divinity. There are many ways to build and reinforce this connection, with the simple daily prayer, or devotional, being one of the most effective.

Different religions perform these devotional prayers differently. Catholics practice the rosary, vespers, etc. Muslims pray namaz five times each day. Other religions all promote their followers to pray daily in some form to remind themselves of their connection to the divine. I do not see daily practice emphasized enough in Wicca, however.

No matter the religion, the daily devotional prayer is an important reminder of your connection to the divine and the gifts you receive from the divine. Wiccans need to feel comfortable connecting with their Gods more than once or twice a month, or eight times each year. It is very easy to feel alone and disconnected from your Gods, especially when you get caught up in your daily struggles or bogged in your worries. If you only connect with your Gods at formal esbats or sabbats, your connection to your Gods does not grow strong until many years have passed, if ever.

You are building a rope, one strand at a time. Each time you pray and give thanks to your Gods you are adding one more strand to the rope. Initially, your rope is very thin and extremely fragile. The smallest personal frustrations can stress and break the fragile gossamer. If you add only eight strands each year, the odds are highly against your rope being strong enough to hold during a major crisis.

If you add a strand every day, then you will have 365 strands by the end of one year. That is not an extremely strong rope yet, but it is much stronger than a single gossamer or an eight-strand rope. After a few years of daily practice and rope-building, your connection is so strong that you can feel it and gain strength and comfort from it without thinking. It will be very automatic. It will also be strong enough to weather the most intense storms of crisis.

It is best to perform your devotional prayers alone, or at most with your immediate family. This rope is your personal connection to your Gods, so it needs to be a personal act, not a group ritual or recitation. Initially, you may feel awkward in doing this. You may question if you are doing it “right.” Don’t worry about this. There is no “right” or “wrong” way. The Gods are pleased by your remembering Them and offering a moment of your time. After a week or two, your feelings of awkwardness will diminish and you can focus on your connection.

There is no rule on when you do your devotional prayers. I prefer to do them during my morning shower, when I am washing off the worries of the old day and night and preparing for the new day. I give honor and thanks out loud, but quietly, to my Gods using the Dialexis to Latreia rite. I adapt it to specifically name my Gods and what I am giving thanks for from the previous day.

There are many other ways to do daily devotionals and they don’t have to be the same each day. R.E. has discussed the use of prayer beads for devotionals in meditation and in prayer. I’ve mentioned previously a couple of simple rituals you can use for your daily devotional. You can also sing hymns or simple prayers without beads if that suits you better. The most important thing with your daily devotionals is not what you are doing, but that you are doing it regularly on a daily basis.

As days, months and years pass, you will feel your spiritual rope to the divine grow in strength and size. It will become a cable that is unbreakable by even the most devastating crises. You will be able to gain from it throughout your day, in addition to while you are focusing on it. You will also grow much closer to your Gods and know Them more and more.


13 Responses to “Daily Devotional Prayers for Pagans and Wiccans”

  1. phoenix Says:

    yet another great post!
    i also think daily devotions aren’t emphasized in Wicca enough, and I think that is the problem with todays “witches” they think it’s just about the magick, and that once or twice a month is alright. A nice book that I read, “The Circle Within” was my starting block on daily devotions! I actually also wrote a little piece about devotions here: http://paganway.co.za/blog/?p=42 🙂

  2. R.E. Says:

    My better half and I are trying to take 10 minutes before I wander off to bed (he’s the night owl) for a prayer and a bit of reflection. Reestablishing the connection with the Divine, especially at the end of a busy day, is a very good thing. Very nice article!

  3. Books of Hours « Witchery’s Thoughts Says:

    […] Books of Hours Goddess Book of HoursI know that many Pagans avoid the word faith like the plague and the thought of daily prayer seems appauling to some as well, but I see it as a daily connection to deity. Really prayer in all forms is a powerful vehicle for most thoughts. I have found that it has helped me break down barriers that would still be up if prayer had not been involved. You are building a rope, one strand at a time. Each time you pray and give thanks to your Gods you are adding one more strand to the rope. Initially, your rope is very thin and extremely fragile. The smallest personal frustrations can stress and break the fragile gossamer. If you add only eight strands each year, the odds are highly against your rope being strong enough to hold during a major crisis. If you add a strand every day, then you will have 365 strands by the end of one year. That is not an extremely strong rope yet, but it is much stronger than a single gossamer or an eight-strand rope. from Hawkscry […]

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Hey everyone! I’ve recently found this relgion and I’ve been wanting to do daily devotions, but i’m not exactly sure what to say. I was raised as a christian, so I only know how to pray like a christain. I dont know how to start and end or anything with a wiccan prayer. I need help. Anyone that can help please email me at stephiewiggles@aol.com

    Thanks a bunch
    Blessed be
    Stephanie

  5. Tom Says:

    I’m very glad to see this topic raised.

    I believe that the personal relationship between the Witch and her gods is fundamental to meaningful religion. I mean by that that it is the foundation for everything else, and everything else is a means to that end. My exposure to groups is limited, but it seems to me that this is not emphasized enough at all. Teaching seems to deal only with the “bric-a-brac” of practicing Witchcraft and virtually omits the subject of personal spirituality. I sometimes wonder if what is being taught isn’t more of a technology than a spiritual path.

    My own practice has been almost exclusively devotional for some time. Years ago, I adapted the “Prayer of the Heart,” a Christian hesychast prayer form, to my worship of Diana, and I use an old Catholic rosary to do it. It has been a powerful means of bringing me closer to my Goddess.

    I think many people in the Craft today would find these practices a little weird. 🙂

  6. Morninghawk Says:

    I think adapting a Catholic rosary to Wicca is a great idea. Catholicism has a lot of parallels with Paganism, so many Catholic practices can be adapted. You could remove the crucifix and replace it with a pentacle on the end. You can also change the sequence of beads if another sequence makes more sense in your tradition too.

    To address your comment on groups not addressing the devotional aspects, I tend to agree. I’ve found that many groups focus on either only the practical aspects of Wicca, or they are purely devotional. It is more unusual for a group to have both aspects in equal measure, which is what I think is best. It’s a difficult balance at times. As our religion develops more in society, it will improve.

  7. Janille Says:

    At our Pagan Pride Day this year, I attended a lesson on the importance of meditation, the chakras, and daily devotional. I began to look around to see how other Wiccans practice this lovely routine and I came upon your entry here. I have shared this with The Wiccan Facebook Support Network. Thank you for sharing this. Brightest and Abundant Blessings to you on this glorious day of our Lord and Lady. )0(

  8. Morninghawk Says:

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you found it useful.

  9. Moonfae Says:

    I found this extremely helpful to me! I had actually goolgled “wiccan daily devotions” and this post popped up. Thank you so much for sharing this and I hope to see more thing from you! Blessings.

  10. Janine Says:

    I just stumbled upon this post this morning. Perfect! Thank you soooo very much.

  11. A Pagan Lectio Divinia « musings of a kitchen witch Says:

    […] From a Pagan perspective, the purpose of devotional practice isn’t much different, though I think we have a lot more diversity when it comes to what we consider Divine.  A polytheistic devotional practice, for example, might focus on particular individual deities or a particular pantheon, while a pantheist or even a naturalist might choose to focus something like the elements, the natural world or the universe-at-large.  Since our views of Divinity are so varied, our individual devotionals are bound to be equally diverse.  If you haven’t established a personal devotional practice, but are interested in the idea, a good Pagan introduction to the idea can be found here, and a good conversation on devotional prayers can be found here. […]

  12. Nox Says:

    My coven-mate and I were just discussing “dark night of the soul” in pagan or other religions where the person feels their God*s have abandoned them. We feel that the connection on the human end has been lost, not that we’ve been abandoned. I was unsure how to make the point, but you did this quite well. I’ve never thought of the metaphor in terms as a “rope” and I really like it. I love this entry!

  13. Morninghawk Says:

    Thanks for the compliment.

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