At our hearth, there are three main components to our daily practice: morning, meal, and evening prayers. The morning and evening prayers are performed by myself, usually alone, for in our home it is my responsibility to tend the hearthfire and make these offerings. I do this because it is right to do so, and because it is my honour to do so.
In the morning, I light the hearthfire with a prayer that turns my attention to the Kindreds, and evokes the imagery of Brighid doing this very action. As Brighid is the goddess of our hearth, this helps to put me in alignment with Her and Her virtues of piety, hospitality, and fertility (creativity/inspiration). I then give an offering and pray a special prayer for our Grove which honours the gods of our Grove and calls for blessings on each member. Following this, I honour the Earth Mother and usually a deity associated with this season — at this time of year, it is Manannán mac Lir as we pay rent to him at the Summer Solstice. I then pray any personal prayers, and end the short rite with a benediction for a blessed day. This practice is short, no more than five minutes for all of the spoken text, but sometimes runs longer if I choose to sit in contemplation.
We say a prayer over our main shared meal of the day, most often supper. This prayer thanks the Earth and all beings who contributed to the meal, whether animal or human. Whoever doesn’t cook says the prayer, in an act of thankfulness for the work of the other person. If we cook together, we pray together.
Evening prayers are also performed by myself, usually alone. I sing a short song celebrating the presence of the gods, and then speak my blessings on all things. I smoor the hearthfire using a prayer very similar to its lighting, again calling on the image and acts of Brighid.
For some people, this may be too formal a practice; for others, perhaps not enough. This is too structured for my husband, for example, but he understands the value and importance that these prayers bring to our lives — he’d just not do them himself 🙂 The beauty of our Druidry is that we can create what is best for us, within our traditions, and find a meaningful practice and a meaningful spiritual balance.
A Hearth-Centred Practice: Daily Worship