Prayers for Ancestors

March 5, 2011 Comments Off on Prayers for Ancestors

Definitions ancestor A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; a forebear.

Native American pictures and music song prayer for nanye hi from the album spirit of the ancestors

[My name].
A Soul.
The Operator.
Ya e shu a
All I see is part of me, All that is, I am.

I, [name] , delete, cancel, terminate, void, rescind, null, break any contracts, agreements,
vows which I and/or my ancestors were not aware of, or I was mislead
into these contracts, agreements, vows or never given full disclosure in
the physical, etheric, astral etc. realms in this incarnation and in
all my incarnations and forms across time and space and in all
dimensions and in all parallel and alternate realities.

Source

God of our ancestors in faith, by the covenant made on Mount Sinai You taught Your people to strengthen the bonds of family through faith, honor, and love. Look kindly upon (Name), a
father/mother who sought to bind his/her children to You. Bring him/her
to Your heavenly home where the saints dwell in blessedness and peace.
Amen.

Christianity Source

Our great African parents who are among us we humbly offer our thanks
for the many blessings you have given.
We extend our love to its ultimate state of being –
For the suffering that you have endured so that we may not suffer so.
Mothers of our great African nation Fathers of our African selves –
We invoke you to furthur lead and guide us to a higher understanding
Of our true greatness –
And a more encompassing dedication of love for our African people.
Parents of all African children;
Guide us toward a greater unity –
Guide us in a stronger African Value System and lead us into the zenith of respect and love for our people, through
education and the
“Family Communal Structure”
We swear upon the heritage and legacy that you have left us to uphold and sustain our
rightful status on this earth, and to continue the struggle for the
total mental and physical liberation of all African People.

Kwanzaa
Source


A Prayer for Ancestors throughout the Generations
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
We would like to express to you
Our gratitude to our relatives and
Ask blessings for them throughout the generations:
We attribute our ability to live and work
In peace and contentment now
To the diligence and efforts of our relatives
Throughout the generations.
They left abundant fortunes for us
So that we can live a civilized life;
They established fine lives for us
So that we can enjoy a life of convenience.

For the happiness of future generations,
Some toiled as pioneers to cultivate the land, and
Some fought bloody battles to resist foreign aggression.
For the future of their descendant,
Some migrated overseas to toil and strive, and
Some devoted all their efforts to create and invent.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Although our ancestors are gone,
Their example remains before our eyes.
We are willing to take as a model our ancestors’ virtue of benefiting others;
We are willing to learn from our ancestors’ example of solidarity;
We are willing to inherit our ancestors’ model of determination;
We are willing to accept our ancestors’ teachings and admonitions.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
In order to expand the boundaries and territory of our nation,
Our ancestors continuously fought battles everywhere;
In order to increase wealth,
Our ancestors continuously toiled.
All their past actions
Whether merits or mistakes,
Were intended for the good of future generations
Their bounty is higher than mountains and deeper than oceans.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please allow us to pray and repent for them;
Please allow us to pray for them to transcend suffering in future lives;
Please allow us to take refuge in the Triple Gem on their behalf;
Please allow us to ask for forgiveness on their behalf.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
May those who were in the lower realms of transmigration,
Be reborn as heavenly and human beings,
And hear the superior, wonderful music of the higher realms;
May those who were in the heavenly and human realms
Be able to take refuge and believe in the Triple Gem,
And never regress or become idle.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Among our ancestors throughout the generations,
Some were unfortunate and died in despondency;
Some suffered injustice and died bearing resentment;
Some had talent but no opportunity to use it
And were disappointed all their lives;
Some endured natural and manmade calamities
And were separated from their spouses and children.

We pray to you, Buddha, to bless and protect them:
May they understand the cause and effect of karmic retribution from the three time periods of past, present, and future;
May they understand the right way of putting an end to karma according to circumstances;
May they transcend suffering in their future lives;
May their spirit attain purification.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
How fortune we are to have you to rely upon today.
We are also willing to take our ancestors’ virtues as a model
To benefit and aid future generations.

Oh Buddha! Please bless and support us:
We are willing to avoid evil
And to do good;
We are willing to purify our intentions
And become models for future generations;
We are willing to contribute our strength
And serve the masses;
We are willing to benefit all human beings
And not waste this life.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!

Namo Shakyamuni Buddha.

A Prayer for Ancestors throughout the Generations
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
We would like to express to you
Our gratitude to our relatives and
Ask blessings for them throughout the generations:
We attribute our ability to live and work
In peace and contentment now
To the diligence and efforts of our relatives
Throughout the generations.
They left abundant fortunes for us
So that we can live a civilized life;
They established fine lives for us
So that we can enjoy a life of convenience.

For the happiness of future generations,
Some toiled as pioneers to cultivate the land, and
Some fought bloody battles to resist foreign aggression.
For the future of their descendant,
Some migrated overseas to toil and strive, and
Some devoted all their efforts to create and invent.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Although our ancestors are gone,
Their example remains before our eyes.
We are willing to take as a model our ancestors’ virtue of benefiting others;
We are willing to learn from our ancestors’ example of solidarity;
We are willing to inherit our ancestors’ model of determination;
We are willing to accept our ancestors’ teachings and admonitions.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
In order to expand the boundaries and territory of our nation,
Our ancestors continuously fought battles everywhere;
In order to increase wealth,
Our ancestors continuously toiled.
All their past actions
Whether merits or mistakes,
Were intended for the good of future generations
Their bounty is higher than mountains and deeper than oceans.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please allow us to pray and repent for them;
Please allow us to pray for them to transcend suffering in future lives;
Please allow us to take refuge in the Triple Gem on their behalf;
Please allow us to ask for forgiveness on their behalf.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
May those who were in the lower realms of transmigration,
Be reborn as heavenly and human beings,
And hear the superior, wonderful music of the higher realms;
May those who were in the heavenly and human realms
Be able to take refuge and believe in the Triple Gem,
And never regress or become idle.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Among our ancestors throughout the generations,
Some were unfortunate and died in despondency;
Some suffered injustice and died bearing resentment;
Some had talent but no opportunity to use it
And were disappointed all their lives;
Some endured natural and manmade calamities
And were separated from their spouses and children.

We pray to you, Buddha, to bless and protect them:
May they understand the cause and effect of karmic retribution from the three time periods of past, present, and future;
May they understand the right way of putting an end to karma according to circumstances;
May they transcend suffering in their future lives;
May their spirit attain purification.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
How fortune we are to have you to rely upon today.
We are also willing to take our ancestors’ virtues as a model
To benefit and aid future generations.

Oh Buddha! Please bless and support us:
We are willing to avoid evil
And to do good;
We are willing to purify our intentions
And become models for future generations;
We are willing to contribute our strength
And serve the masses;
We are willing to benefit all human beings
And not waste this life.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!

Namo Shakyamuni Buddha.
Source

A Prayer to the Ancestors

during Samhain

This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.

[If you wish, you may want to recite your genealogy here. This can include both your blood family, and your spiritual one.]

With the gift of remembrance.
I remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within me,
and within those who are yet to come.

Wicca. Source

 

 

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