I realize I am posting this two days late, but this weekend was taken up by preparing for and conducting a handfasting ritual for two friends of mine.
A Prayer for Father’s Day
by Amanda Artemisia Forrrester
Hail to Ouranos, the First Father!
Expansive primordial spirit
Father of the First Gods
Blue-black, with stars for His beard
Sky Father, I hail You!
Hail to Zeus, King of the Gods!
Father of Gods and Men
Family man, Who protects young children
And looks after the food stores.
Head of the household, I hail You!
Hail Hermes, proud father of Pan!
Who delights in His goat-footed Son
And brought Him to Olympos
For all the Gods to see.
Arkadian shepherd, I hail You!
Hail to Silenos, Father of the Satyrs!
Foster-father and teacher of Dionysos, drunken but wise
Hail to Kherion, teacher and fosterer of many heroes
Wounded healer, Who imparts the knowledge of herbs and earth
Wise foster-fathers, I hail You!
Hail also to the fathers who have gone before me
The ancestors of my bloodline
But also the men not related to me
Who nonetheless play or have played
The role of father in my life.
On this day, I pray for the welfare of fathers everywhere
Divine Fathers, watch over us.