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Prayer Call for Tracie the Red and Joe

February 7, 2008

Our favorite episcopagan from Fr. Jake’s and the Crazy Ass Priest’s blog, Tracie the Red, is requesting our prayers. Jarred tells me that her boyfriend Joe’s dad, Donald Ray Carter passed away last night. So let’s do our thing, and send up prayers for Donald Ray to rest in eternal peace.

Tracie was worried that we wouldn’t offer prayers for Joe’s loss, what with them being heathens and all…to which I say….PISH POSH. This is an inclusive blog – that includes pagan heathens, from whence me and my ancestral tribe most certainly come.

I’m sure one of us out there knows an appropriate send off for the life force of a pagan. (Ann, Paul, Jane? Anybody?)

(((((Tracie & Joe))))) From my heart, to God’s ears, be held in the light of God’s love at this really sad time.

edited for clarity (es)  & Tracie – it’s nice to have his name, I’ll pray on it tonight!

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  1. February 7, 2008 2:23 pm

    Great and Holy One, Great Mother who breaths life into the world we remember to you, Joe’s dad, your child. Free his spirit from all regret, and unite him to all that have gone before. Let him be born out of your heavenly womb into a new life. Comfort your children, left behind, who love him. Rain showers upon their heads that they might see the clouds cry, shine your gentle rays on their faces that they might feel your comfort, and let them hear his life sung in the chorus of wind.

    Great Mother of the world, we pray for Joe’s Dad and for all he leaves behind. Blessed Be.

    I know only a few pagans and love them dearly. That is as good as I can manage without knowing what flavor pagan Joe might have been. Hopefully it is acceptable.


    T: edited for clarification of the departed one! Thank you for this – it’s lovely!!

  2. February 7, 2008 2:39 pm

    Minor correction, folks. Joe is the name of Tracie’s boyfriend, not the departed.

    Also, I’m not sure that Joe’s father was Heathen himself.

    Thanks again for posting this, Eileen. And thanks for the lovely prayer, Tandaina.

  3. Julie+ permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:52 pm

    When my dad died, I used this prayer/poem for his service. I offer it for Tracie and Joe for Joe’s dad.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow;
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    (Author Unknown.)

  4. February 7, 2008 6:08 pm

    FWIW, another correction (for Jarred): I believe Joe refers to himself as a Pagan, not a “Heathen.”

  5. February 7, 2008 6:15 pm

    Actually, David, you’re incorrect. Like a considerable number of Asatruar, Joe prefers the term Heathen to Pagan.

  6. February 7, 2008 6:19 pm

    Thanks to Tandaina for getting us started so beautifully.

    Tracie and Joe, our hearts and spirits reach out to you. Love does not know labels.

    The Great Circle has no beginning and no end
    Wherever we are, we stand where the roads cross
    Surrounded by all our relations

    Springing from the soil of our Mother
    We return to her, in time,
    To be enfolded in her embrace

    We walk for a while beneath the Sun
    And feel the tides and rhythms of the Moon
    The pulse of life within us
    Matches the heartbeat of creation
    And the drumbeat to which we dance

    The dance manifests the Great Dance
    And all creation joins in it
    We are united to the four-legged and the winged,
    To the burrowing and the creeping
    To the rocks and waters
    To the trees and the plant nations
    To the lightning and the rains
    To the winter storms and summer breezes

    As Joe’s father walks the star path
    We give thanks for his life among us
    And we return him to the universe

    Grief and joy are both our lot
    Loss and gift together are the way of life
    Now we weep and say farewell
    Another day we shall laugh
    The Circle will hold us all

    I know I stumble when going outside my native idiom
    but I can write and pray and feel that with hearty belief

    Peace and love sustain you, Joe and Tracie, and all who share your grief.

  7. February 7, 2008 8:07 pm

    Hmmm…the Asatruar prefer that ? What do you know ? l
    Learn something new everyday 🙂 Thanks.

  8. February 7, 2008 10:01 pm

    I am holding them to the light! May the spirit find their souls and bring them peace and comfort. And, may light perpetual shine upon Joe’s father! So be it!

    And, Paul, that was beautiful.

  9. February 7, 2008 10:07 pm

    ::hugs you all::

    Both of us, but especially Joe, thank you for your prayers.

    The name of the deceased is Donald Ray Carter, if anyone would like to pray for him by name. So far as we know he was a Baptist all his life.

  10. February 7, 2008 10:12 pm

    Oh, and good sweet people: the best word for Joe’s path would be Asatru and he’d be an Asatruar. Second to that is the word Heathen, since it’s a Germanic term for a Germanic path. It’s a little more general than Asatru is. 😀

    Think of it like this: you have Baptists and Methodists and Lutherans, and they are all Christians. Just so are there Asatruar and Elder Richt and Odin’s Nation, who are all Heathens.

    Maybe that helps?

    Paul and Julie and Tandaina: lovely prayers!! Such a gift!

  11. episcopalifem permalink*
    February 7, 2008 10:18 pm

    I love all these prayers! Thanks Tandaina, Julie and Paul. Beautiful!

    ((((Tracie & Joe))))

  12. February 8, 2008 6:26 am

    {{{{{Joe and Tracie}}}}}

  13. February 8, 2008 12:17 pm

    May Donald rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him.

  14. February 12, 2008 12:25 am

    Love knows no bounds.

    T and J, we are with you.

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