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Sacred Chants & Prayers
What is Chanting?
Chanting is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two pitches called reciting tones. Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of repetition of musical subphrases, such as Offertories of Gregorian chant. Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later Middle Ages some religious chant evolved into song.
Chanting the Name of God/Spirit is a spiritual practice that is commonly used. Chants form part of many religious rituals, and diverse spiritual traditions consider chant a route to spiritual development. Some examples include chant in African and Native American cultures, Gregorian chant, Vedic chant, Jewish liturgical music (chazzanut), Qur'an reading, Baha'i chants, various Buddhist chants, various mantras, and the chanting of psalms and prayers especially in Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican churches.
Types of Chants
There are many types of chants used for a variety of reasons. For example, magical chants are used in the casting of spells and charms. In addition, religious chants are used in prayer, mantras are used as an aid in meditation, and magical chants are used in the invocation of spirits. Chants can be found in sacred texts such as the Egyptian pyramid texts and in the Hindu Vedas. The Bible includes numerous examples of blessings, curses, and prayers that can be considered chants. The Carmina Gadelica is a collection of Gaelic prayers, hymns, charms, incantations, blessings, chants, and runes, and is a highly respected text by folklorists and contemporary students of Gaelic language and folklore.
A charm can be a blessing or a spell.As a blessing, a charm refers to the infusion of something with holiness, divine will, or one's hopes. As a spell, such as that used in magical systems, it is often traditional in form and often in verse.
Charms are often spoken or written or physically constructed using a particular set of ingredients. The failure of a charm or spell to work may be attributed to many causes, such as failure to follow the exact formula, unfavorable general circumstances, lack of magical ability, or downright fraud. Charms are thought to be effective:
· by virtue of the act itself;
· by the strength of the magician's will;
· by the belief or faith that spirits can be commanded through the correct utterance of specific words.
Charm for Banishing Fever (Lithuanian)
Perkūnas was the common Baltic god of thunder, one of the most important deities in the Baltic pantheon. In both Lithuanian and Latvian mythology, he is documented as the god of thunder, rain, mountains, oak trees and the sky.
Charm for Banishing Fever
the name of the sun,
In the name of Perkunas, (God of thunder and lightning )
I command you, fever,
I hunt you from men, from animals, from birds, from each living being,
To the green forest, the deep pools, the somber swamps,
There where the sun does shine,
Where no man walks,
Where no animal wades,
Where no bird flies.
If you do not obey me,
I will dry you on the rays of the sun,
I will wear you out with the intensity of the sun,
I will drown you in the bitter dew,
I will feed you bewitched bread.
I order you to leave (name the patient )
To no longer torment him (or her).
Mantras were originally conceived in the great Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas. Usually in the Sanskrit language, a mantra is a religious or mystical syllable or poem. The literal translation of the word mantra is “instrument of thought”. They are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that instill one-pointed concentration in the devotee. Other purposes have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies.
The Big Book of Mystical Chants and Prayers
- The Big Book of Mystical Chants and Prayers
This is a wonderful collection of sacred chants and prayers from around the world. Definite food for the soul.
Images Containing Chants and Sacred Symbols
Gayatri Mantra - Hindu
The Gayatri Mantra is a highly revered mantra in Hinduism and second only to the mantra Om. It was first recorded in the Rig Veda (iii, 62, 10) about 2500 to 3500 years ago. Itis devoted to the solar deity Savitr. Savitr refers to the Sun of all suns, as opposed to the sun of our solar system. Sun illuminates the soul; it is the eternal light that provides life, knowledge and enlightenment.
meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May He enlighten our Intellect.
Address to the Supreme Deity - Assyrian
The Assyrians were polytheistic, meaning they believed in many gods. The religion of this area was centered on the cult of regional patron deities, such as Marduk at Babylon, Ishtar at Agade, or Sin at Ur and Harran. Their primary deity is believed to be Ashur. The ancient Assyrians believed Ashur to be the "Sky Axle" or "he who makes the world turn", based on the ancient Sumerian deity referred to as Anshar of the same likeness. Gradually, his status was elevated to the leader of the gods by his worshippers.
Address to the Supreme Deity
HEAVENS who is great? Thou alone art great!
On earth who is great? Thou alone art great!
When thy voice resounds in heaven, the gods fall prostrate!
When thy voice resounds on earth, the genii kiss the dust!
African Chant to Oshun
In Yoruba mythology, Oshun is an Orisha (Yoruban goddess) of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. Like many women, Oshun went through difficult times. According to legend, she had to become a prostitute to feed her children and the other Orishas removed her children from her home. Oshun went insane from grief and wore the same white dress every day. It was the only dress she had at the time and so she went to the river to wash it every day. Eventually, it turned yellow. Aje'-Shaluga, another Orisha who lived in the river, fell in love with her while she was washing her dress. He offered her cowries, money, and jewels which he collected from the bottom of the river. She accepted this act of love and they were married and she was subsequently reunited with her children.
African Chant to Oshun
Oshun, I bow to you!
You are very rich
Digging in the sand to hide money there.
Oshun, I bow to you!
You are very beautiful,
with your coral hair combs and your cast-copper jewelry.
Oshun, I bow to you!
You are very powerful. You have seized the crown.
Look at you dancing with it!
Blessed Be - Wiccan
Wicca is a pagan, nature-based religion popularized in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant, who at the time called it Witchcraft and its adherents "the Wica". He said that the religion, of which he was an initiate, was a modern survival of an old witchcraft mystery religion which had existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian paganism of Europe. Recently, the term Wicca has come to include a number of traditions inspired by, but independent of traditional Gardnerian Wicca. The phrase Blessed Be is a greeting, farewell, and blessing in Wicca and other Neopagan traditions.
Blessed Be Your Eyes, That You May See Clearly
Blessed Be Your Ears, That You Might Hear With Compassion,
Blessed Be Your Lips, That You May Speak The Truth,
Blessed Be Your Hands, That You Might Help Others, Blessed Be Your Feet,
That You Might Walk The Path Of Beauty And Spirit All The Days Of Your Life.
SO MOTE IT BE!
Blessed Face of Jesus - Christian
Jesus (8–2 BC/BCE to 29–36 AD/CE), also known as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity, and is also an important figure in several other religions. The word “Christ” is derived from a Greek word meaning Anointed One, and corresponds to the Hebrew-derived Messiah.
Blessed Face of Jesus
O Blessed Face of my kind Savior,
by the tender love and piercing sorrow of Our Lady
as she beheld You in Your cruel Passion,
Grant us to share in this intense sorrow and love
so as to fulfill the holy will of God to the utmost of our ability.