A Litany for Ancestors

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Last year, I wrote this litany for my Ancestors.

I plan on reciting this at this year’s Ancestor’s Fire in celebration of their memory and the New Year to come.

With our grief and with out laughter we bring honour to our families as we look towards the future.

Namaste

On the whispers of the wind,
we remember them;

In quiet tears of Hallowmas,
we remember them;
In holiday fires & falling snow of Midwinter,
we remember them;
In the light of candles on Candlemas,
we remember them;
In the storming aires & blooming flowers of Spring,
we remember them;
In the primal passions of Beltane,
we remember them;
In the relieving waters & dance of Midsummer,
we remember them;
In the rhythm of music on Lammas,
we remember them;
In the silent trees & crunching fallen leaves of Autumn,
we remember them;

When we are broken and in need of healing,
we remember them;
When we are lost and in need of guidance,
we remember them;
When we are happy and give thanks,
we remember them;
When we create and make art,
we remember them;
When we put to sleep our worries and dream again,
we remember them;
When we have love & joy we wish to share,
we remember them;

So as we live & love, they too shall live & love, for they are a part of us,
as we remember them.

-Adopted from “We Remember Them” The Gates of Prayer, a Reform Jewish prayerbook

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