Blessings and prayers

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House blessings from different cultures:

 

Catholic House Blessing

“O heavenly Father, Almighty God,

we humbly beseech Thee to bless and sanctify this house

and all who dwell therein and everything else in it,

and do Thou vouch safe to fill it with all good things;

grant to them, O Lord, the abundance of heavenly blessings

and from the richness of the earth every substance necessary for life,

and finally direct their desires to the fruits of Thy mercy.

At our entrance, therefore, deign to bless and sanctify this house

as Thou didst deign to bless the house of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob;

and may the angels of Thy light, dwelling within the walk of this house,

protect it and those who dwell therein. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

 

A Cherokee Blessing

Lord, “May the warm winds of heaven blow softly on our homes,

Let your Spirit, bless all who enter there,

May our shoes make happy tracks in many snows,

And may the rainbow always touch our shoulders.”

 

A Cherokee Blessing II

Powers of nature and great spirit of life, protect the ones we love.

We honor mother earth and ask that our marriage be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons;

We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts;

We honor wind and ask that we be lifted up to soar through life, safe and calm as in our father’s arms;

We honor water to cleanse and soothe our union that it may never thirsts for love;

We honor all that is under the great sky as we pledge our hearts and lives.

Of all the powers of nature and the universe, we ask for harmony and happiness as we grow forever together.

 

Irish House Blessing

“Bless this house, o Lord, we pray.

Make it safe by night and day.

Bless these walls so firm and stout,

Keeping want and trouble out.

Bless the roof and chimney tall

Let thy peace lie over all.

Bless the doors that they may prove

Ever open to joy and love.

Bless the windows shining bright,

Letting in God’s heavenly light.

Bless the hearth a-blazing there,

With smoke ascending like a prayer.

Bless the people here within.

Keep them pure and free from sin.

Bless us all, that one day, we

May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.”

 

Jewish Blessing for the Home

Upon this house a blessing

may trees rise upon the grass

may water flow plentiful throughout the land

may happiness and joy follow throughout the years

may we have prosperity

retain good health

succeed all attempts

God bless this house always

 

Jewish House Blessing

May this home be a place of happiness and health,

of contentment, generosity and hope,

a home of creativity and kindness.

May those who visit and those who live here

know only blessing and peace.”

Let this be a place where peace abides.

Where tranquility pervades.

A place where love grows.

Contentment and happiness is a blessing a success

 

House Blessing

I release all need to worry.

I release all the junk from the past.

I live in the present moment.

I appreciate myself.

I appreciate my life.

I appreciate my home.

I bless my home with love.

I live in peace and harmony.

I am peaceful, joyous, and harmonious.

I am orderly and neat.

It is easy for me to be orderly.

My home comes together easily and effortlessly.

My home becomes more beautiful every day.

I enjoy my beautiful surroundings.

 

Hopi prayer

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often.
The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
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Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.
Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem
from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
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Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others
to make your path for you. It is your road, and
yours alone. Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.
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Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.
Serve them the best food, give them the best
bed and treat them with respect and honor.
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Do not take what is not yours whether from
a person, a community,the wilderness or from a
culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
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Respect all things that are placed upon
this earth – whether it be people or plant.
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Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.
Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.
Allow each person the right to personal expression.
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Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative
energy that you put out into the universe
will multiply when it returns to you.
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All persons make mistakes.
And all mistakes can be forgiven.
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Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind,
body and spirit. Practice optimism.
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Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us.
They are part of your worldly family.
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Children are the seeds of our future. Plant
love in their hearts and water them with
wisdom and life’s lessons. When they
are grown, give them space to grow.
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Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.
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Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the
test of one’s will within this universe.
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Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual
self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need
to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out
the body to strengthen the mind. Grow
rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
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Make conscious decisions as to who
you will be and how you will react. Be
responsible for your own actions.
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Respect the privacy and personal space of
others. Do not touch the personal property of
others – especially sacred and religious
objects. This is forbidden.
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Be true to yourself first. You cannot
nurture and help others if you cannot
nurture and help yourself first.
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Respect others religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.
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Share your good fortune with others.
Participate in charity.

Hopi Ethics