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Hand Washing Prayer

Let me begin by giving credit where credit is due: after a recent idea on the ADF Bardic Guild, I decide to join in and write a handwashing prayer. What is a handwashing prayer, you might ask? It is a prayer to be recited for the 20 seconds that one is supposed to spend washing one's hands. One should always wash their hands at the appropriate time. Now, in a time of pandemic, it is more important than ever to wash one's hands and maintain cleanliness whenever possible.

How does one go about learning this prayer while washing one's hands? I use an index card: primitive, low-tech, easily transportable, even recyclable. I put the index card next to the sink and then I repeat the prayer as I wash my hands.


I offer this prayer to you, complete with the Earth Mother and the Three Realms of Sea, Land, and Sky, the Three Hallows of Well, Tree and Fire, and the Three Kindreds of Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Shining Ones.

Hand Washing Prayer

We call to the deep
Where the Ancestors dwell
Deep in the Mother
We pour in the Well
We call to the land
Where the spirits run free
On the shoulders of the Mother
We reach for the Tree
We call to the sky
Where our prayers do aspire
Stretching over the Mother
We give to the Fire

May they all keep you safe and may you keep your hands clean.

Blessings to you all!


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I am a long-time pagan and charter member of ADF, Ar nDraoicht Fein, a Druid Fellowship. I am a Senior Priest in as well as the Arch Druid of ADF. I am a Druid of the Third Order, RDNA; Druid Grade, OBOD; and a Second Degree Druid Companion in AODA. I love Druidry!  


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