A Prayer

We honor and greet Our Chi (God within us)
We honor and greet Chineke (Creative aspect of God)
We honor and greet Ani (Earth Mother)
We honor and greet Igwe (Sky Father)
We honor all the Alusi who stand around to guide and guard us
We honor the Alusi of the four points, Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo

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We pray they never abandon us or get weary of us
We pray we are always able to access them
We honor and greet our sacred ancestors
We call upon the ones who lived and died for our freedoms
We pray their memories will not be forgotten
We pray they forgive us for forgetting them a lot of the time
We pray they remain with us for the healing of our homes,
communities, and the planet


We greet the elemental life in the four elements of fire, air,
water and earth
We offer thanks for their efforts in healing the planet
We pray we can learn to work with them in healing our planet
In conclusion
We pray for all humanity, all plant life, all animal life and in fact
all matter to awaken
We pray for heaven and earth to meet and dance in perfect
harmony
Now and forever more
Ise!

- Nwaonishe Ezenwanyi from Conversations with the African Gods

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13 thoughts on “A Prayer

  1. This is wonderful, beautiful and intelligent. It is a testament to the truth and dignity inherent in the African spirit.

  2. Kedu ka di!
    Thanks very much for this positive effort at reclaiming our golden and sacred heritage that have maintained the balance and equilibrium of our societies from time immemorial. May all beneficient and benevolent beings support this effort.

  3. Prayer is the key to all life and it is great to teach kids prayer, while they are young-But make sure they understand the love of Christ through our actions and daily behavior. That is how they will truly see the effectiveness of prayer.

  4. Dalu Nwa-Ikenga, may the Gods of our sacred ancestors continue to bless and inspire u. Ise!!! Igbo Language Must Not Die!

  5. Thank you for this wonderful inspiration. May the gods of our land bless you. Nke onye ji eko akọla ya.

    • Who is talking of “love of Christ” here for God’s sake!! Which of our Arụshịs bears the name “Christ”? Amadiọha forbid bad thing here o!

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  7. Its a wondafl idea to remeba our great ancestor whom our peopl has negletd.tank d gods u are there to r rmind us.although they wl prosecute and call u names,dnt mind them d gods wl keep u.ndalu olu

  8. These principles in this prayer speaks to & of basic tenets that our ancestors, progenitors of humanity & progeny of the Gods, embraced & handed down to us to maintain harmony & balance in the Universe! Let’s incorporate them in our own personal & spiritual lives, teach others & let Love, Peace, Trust, Freedom & Justice Reign! Ase!

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