Praying the Lord’s Prayer and the Lady’s Prayer in Tandem

Praying the Lord’s Prayer and the Lady’s Prayer in Tandem

When Jesus taught his disciples this prayer, “Our father who art in heaven” perhaps he included a second half, “Our mother who is the essence of the earth”…



Our Lady who is the Essence of the

We have called you by many
Return now unto Your People
Speak Your Will, and it shall be done
As Above, so Below.
Please give us each moment: our life, light & love.
If we have let you down,
Please forgive us and cleanse us,
According to our own willingness to forgive others.
Lead us away from Lures
And deliver us from Evil
For You are Goddess, Queen of the Universe,
Yours is the Power, the Grace, the Wisdom & the Beauty
Age unto Ages


*Here you have the option of inserting a mini-litany of your favorite Goddess
names, such as: Asherah, Maria, Miryam, Isis, Diana, Shakti, Tara, Brigita,
Venus, Sophia, Demeter, Freya, Gaia, Tiamat, Rhea, Oshun, Quan-Yin……

The above is Katia’s original version of the Our Lady.  On the right
is Initiate Delilah Ra’s awesome 2007 upgraded version.  She took Katia’s
version and gave it the beat, the girl’s got rhythm! She wanted it to have
similar rhythm to the Our Father.  Feel free to use Katia’s version
for contemplation and this Got-the-beat version for memorization and recitation.
It sure does flow along nicely, especially with the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Mother, who is Essence of Earth

We call you by many names

Thy Power return, Thy Will unfold,

In Heaven as it is on Earth.

Give us each moment our Life, Light, and Love.

And show us our mistakes,

as we as parents show our children their mistakes.

Lead us not into confusion,

but deliver us from Evil.

For thine is the Grace, the Wisdom, and the Beauty




MaryMagdala Rosary
Rosary Prayer to Sophia and Mother Mary
Invocations to Forgotten Women of the Bible
Prayers from the original Rule of the TemplarsNon Nobis Domine (Templar Hymn)

Reciting the Lady’s prayer with the Lord’s Prayer brings balance to the lopsided
masculine-only worship of traditional Christianity.

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Practice praying these two prayers in tandem, sometimes “ladies first,” sometimes
God the Father’s prayer first, depending on the mood or the specifics of
the prayer-working(s) you might be doing. It makes a nice balance. Remember
when you were a kid and you had to learn the Our Father / Lord’s Prayer?
Surely, despite the lure of Gameboys and computer games it is not impossible
for children to memorize both halves of this prayer. No excuse for we adults.
As the sages and mages of the world’s traditions, including Christianity
tell us:  if we want soul strength and true fulfillment, we’ve got to
quiet the mind and focus / contemplate / meditate on the sacred. Nothing
helps this so much as memorizing and reciting holy words. By saying a prayer
over and over again, slowly and methodically, you actually drive the meaning
deep into your subconscious, your soul. The mind can’t help but shut up its
chatter to listen.

Years ago after first using the Our Mother/Lady’s prayer above I tried to
imagine Yeshua giving his students the Lord’s Prayer. You remember the
story—after seeing him praying alone, the students asked him to teach them
a good prayer (Luke 11:1). Well, isn’t it nice to imagine Yeshua giving them
this whole prayer with both the Our Mother and the Our Father? We
can then “blame” some early Bible editors for cutting it out in favor of
masculine-only religion. This “imagining” may have some truth in it.
Yeshua was well known for his egalitarian ways, being the only teacher
of mysteries allowing women an equal share in his ministry. But the Gospels
portray him basically as a Yahwist; he is never quoted as mentioning the
Hebrew Goddess or God-the-Mother. The writings of Paul leave no room for
goddesses in Jesus’ teachings, either, though at least Paul admits to consulting
Christian prophetesses, the female “psychics” of his day.

In the book, Return of the Great Goddess, is another prayer to our Earthly Mother. If you prefer it to the above Lady’s Prayer, feel free to use it instead in your balanced prayer practice.  I adapted this prayer ever so slightly. I’ll explain why after the prayer…

Our Mother who art in Earth
Hallowed, Respected, joyful thy name.
Thy holy realm is already come.
Thy will awaits us to be done.
Give us this day the strength to love,
To be the lion and the dove.
Forgive us as we tread your flowers,
Ignoring duties that are ours.
Lead us from annihilation
To Celebrate all Creation
For we share in the life,
The power, and the glory forever and ever…
—by Priscilla
Baird Hinckley

The authoress, Priscilla Baird Hinckley, doesn’t end with Amen. Not even
a Selah or a So Mote it Be. I like to end with some kind of seal, so I add,
either Amen, Amen and Selah, or “It is So” or “So Be It.”

Also, Priscilla has a parenthetical insertion just after the very first line
of her prayer.  I think it breaks it up so I left it out, but here it
is: “Our Mother who art in Earth and Heaven, (as we are in the MOTHER and
HEAVEN is in us)”.

It is actually a great line. It’s nice how she explains that we are “in”
the mother and heaven is “in” us, as Yeshua said, “the Kingdom is within.”
But I leave out the phrase in parenthesis because it makes reciting the prayer
somewhat choppy.  I also didn’t want the words “and Heaven” at the end
of line one because it would upset the balance of the Father’s part of the

Since the idea is to pray this Our Mother prayer in companionship with the
Our Father / Lord’s Prayer it makes sense to leave out that “and Heaven”
in line one.  It would be unbalanced to give the feminine divinity the
realm that belongs to the masculine. He’s got heaven, she’s got earth.
Yes, it’s true that she’s the Queen of Heaven and he’s the
Ruler of Earth (explained below) but it would make the prayer unwieldy
to include all those complementary titles.

When Priscilla puts “and Heaven” in there she basically cuts out the entire
male god aspect by giving both realms and attributes to God the Mother.
Esoteric Christianity teaches you can’t have one without the other.
We refuse to throw out the masculine in order to revere the feminine.
Sadly, that’s what many modern goddess groups do. They simply toss
out the masculine divine the same way the male establishment eliminated the
feminine divine millennia ago.  Surely balance is better; giving each
divine force his and her due.  We have both these gender currents flowing
thru our lives, our world, our very existence.  The masculine and feminine
“play” off each other, creating a healthy tension that makes the universe.
As the past 2000 years have shown, it causes extreme lop-sidedness and immense
human suffering to ignore one and elevate the other.

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A Templar Prayer from the Templar Rule, Article 222
as translated from the original old French by J.M. Upton-WardThe notation, R. means “repeat previous line”.Lord have mercy upon us. Christ have mercy upon us. Lord have mercy upon
us.Our father…and lead us not into temptation. R. But deliver us from evil.
Make safe your servant. R. My Lord, who puts his trust in you. Send to him,
Lord, help from the sanctuary. R. And watch over them out of Tsion. Be to
him, Lord, a Tower of Strength. R. In the face of the enemy. Lord, hear my
prayer. R. And let my cry come to you. The Lord be with you. R. And with
thy spirit.

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The Ambrosian Hymn

(Te Deum)

By Saint Ambrose

The ‘Te Deum’ or ‘Hymnus Ambrosianus’ is a solemn hymn of praise, used in
the Divine Office and as a thanksgiving for some special blessing. The hymn
is sung standing, except during the verse “Te ergo quaesumus”/”We beseech
thee therefore”, where all kneel.

 [Latin on the left, English on the right]

TE DEUM laudamus: * te Dominum confitemur.

Te aeternum Patrem * omnis terra veneratur.

Tibi omnes Angeli, * tibi Caeli, et universae Potestates:

Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim * incessabili voce proclamant:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus * Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra * majestatis gloriae tuae.

Te gloriosus * Apostolorum chorus,

Te Prophetarum * laudabilis numerus,

Te Martyrum candidatus * laudat exercitus.

Te per orbem terrarium * sancta confitetur Ecclesia,

Patrem * immensae majestatis;

Venerandum tuum verum * et unicum Filium;

Sanctum quoque * Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriae, * Christe.

Tu Patris * sempiternus es Filius.

Tu, ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, * non horruisti Virginis uterum.

Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, * aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.

Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, * in Gloria Patris.

Judex crederis * esse venturus.

Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni, * quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.

Aeterna fac cum Sanctis tuis * in gloria numerari.

Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, * et benedic haereditati tuae.

Et rege eos, * et extolle illos usque in aeternum.

Per singulos dies * benedicimus te;

Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, * et in saeculum saeculi.

Dignare, Domine, die isto * sine peccato nos custodire.

Miserere nostri, Domine, * miserere nostri.

Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos * quemadmodum speravimus in te.

In te, Domine, speravi: * non confundar in aeternum.

WE PRAISE Thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship Thee: the Father everlasting.

To Thee all Angels; to Thee the Heavens and all the Powers therein.

To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry with unceasing voice:

Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Hosts.

The heavens and the earth are full of the majesty of Thy Glory.

Thee the glorious choir of the Apostles,

Thee the admirable company of the prophets,

Thee the white-robed army of Martyrs praise.

Thee the Holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge.

The Father of infinite Majesty.

Thine adorable, true and only Son.

Also the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Thou having taken upon Thee to deliver man, didst not abhor the Virgin’s

Thou having overcome the sting of death, didst open to believers the kingdom
of heaven.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.

We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants, whom Thou hast redeemed with
Thy precious Blood.

Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints, in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Thy people: and bless Thine inheritance.

Govern them, and lift them up for ever.

Day by day we bless Thee.

And we praise Thy name for ever, and world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, to keep us without sin.

Have mercy on us, O Lord; have mercy on us.

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in Thee.

O Lord, in Thee have I hoped: let me never be confounded.

To experience the following rosary prayer in its best form
go to:
Queen of Heaven Rosary

Blessing to say on the MM Medal, Cross or other Emblem on your Rosary:

Beloved of the King of the Universe,
Queen of Heaven,
Immersed in the ethereal Light,
Dark Bride eclipsed for centuries,
We pray for your coming into fullness, Mystical Magdalene,
Goddess of the Moon,
emerge from the shadows
Let your time and our time be now,
Through these your mysteries we would draw you nearer to us,
Sister most dear to us.

You who were most faithful to the Way,
Mistress of the Brightest Day,
Let your brilliance illuminate the night,
And bring us closer still to that heavenly light.



Our Lord
(to be said on the large divider beads before each decade)

“Our Lord Yeshua, who reigns in Heaven,
Your Name is the Holy of Holies.
Your Bride the Goddess remains
At Your side
On Earth as She is in Heaven.
The Divine Light and Love born of
Your Sacred Union
Nurtures our spirits and fills our hearts to overflowing.
Our glorious King and Queen of Peace and Mercy
Your infinite understanding and unending love,
Are the True Power and Beauty withinYour Creation
Universe without end
Awen /Amen.

Hail Lady of Magdala
(To be said on each of the small decade beads)

“Hail Lady of Magdala,
The Lord is with You!
Blessed Be Thee
Queen of Shadows and Light !
And blessed are Your Mysteries
Revealed through the magical moon.

Holy Mary, Beloved of the God,
Guide us with Your Wisdom,
And breathe into us the Sacred Spirit
Birthed by Your Divine Union with the Sun,Yeshua
Our Lord and King of the Universe
Now and forever.”

ADON OLAM (“Lord-Master of the Universe”)The Lord of the universe
Ruled before creation
When by his will all things came to be,
The name of the Lord was known.As the Lord creates, he may end the creation,
Remaining alone, unmanifested.
He was, he is, and he shall remain eternal.He is without beginning;
He is without end.He is my God, my living strength,
My refuge when I grieve.
He is my only desire.
I live in him alone.My soul abides in his hands
In sleep as in wakefulness.
Though I leave my body
I will not fear,
For the Lord is with my soul.—by the Jewish poet-mystic Solomon ibn Gabirol 11th century Spain. This
hymn is used in the Jewish liturgy to this day.
Ancient of Days by William Blake

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And to be totally gender balanced, not forgetting the great goddess, I often
say this prayer as follows…

(“Lord-Master of the Universe, Queen of the Universe”)

The Lord-Master & Queen of the universe
Ruled before creation
When by his will all things came to be,
The name of the Lord was known.
When by Her power all things came to be
The name of the Lady was known.

As they create, they may end the creation,
Remaining alone, unmanifested.
He was, he is, and he shall remain eternal.
She was, she is, and she shall remain eternal.

Without beginning;
Without end.

He is my God, my living strength,
She is my refuge when I grieve.
They are my only desire.
I live in them alone.

My soul abides in her hands
In sleep as in wakefulness.
Though I leave my body
I will not fear,
For the Lord is with my soul.
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Nobis Domine
(Templar Hymn)
by Rudyard Kipling, 1934

Non nobis domine
Not unto us, O Lord!
The Praise or Glory be
Of any deed or word;

For in Thy judgement lies
To crown or bring to nought
All knowledge or device
That Man has reached or wrought.

And we confess our blame –
How all too high we hold
That noise which men call fame
That dross which men call gold.

For these we undergo
Our hot and godless days,
But in our hearts we know
Not unto us the Praise.

O Power by whom we live –
Creator, Judge and Friend,
Upholdingly forgive
Not fail us at the end:

But grant us well to see
In all our piteous ways –
Non nobis domine! –
Not to us the Praise


Invocations to Forgotten Women of the Old Testament,
by Oiled Lamp AKA Amber Satterwhite, Mystery School Initiate  composed Dec. 14,2001

Invocation to Eve:

My mother Eve,
Woman of the Red Earth,
Mother of the Living.
You birthed a new creation into existence!
You travailed in sorrow
so that I might know true joy!
Your tears baptized your newborn child,
and anointed him at his death!
Give me your understanding,
so that when I eat the fruit of the forbidden Tree,
I might feel the call of the Goddess within me,
and Know this is the Way of Eternal Life.

Invocation to Miriam:

My mother Miriam,
Woman of the Timbrel,
Prophetess of the Tabernacle,
Counselor to the Lawgiver,
You exalted your brother as Prince of Egypt!
You formed the character of Israel,
as a mother forms a child in her womb!
Give me your stalwart dedication,
so that I will never cease to walk in Wisdom’s paths,
as I wander in the desert of my soul.

Invocation to Ruth:

My mother Ruth,
Woman of the Golden Sheath,
A daughter greater than seven sons,
Who made her mother’s bitterness pleasant.
You sojourned in a strange land to make the seed of
Naomi great!
Give me your loyalty and affection,
so that I may honor my mothers,
as you so honored yours.

Invocation to Michal:

My sister Michal,
Woman of the Royal House,
Your husband David fled your marriage bed,
When your father Saul sought his life.
In your love you aided your husband’s escape!
For your love you were given to another man!
Was your heart filled with gladness,
when you returned to David’s bed?
Or were Phaltiel’s bitter tears your own
on the road to Bethlehem?
Sister Michal, twice divorced and childless,
give me your emotional strength
as I face the loss of love
and the loneliness of its absence.

Invocation to Rahab:

My mother Rahab,
Woman of the Scarlet Thread,
You risked your life to establish Israel!
Give me your courage,
so that I will choose to serve Wisdom,
as I am called to establish Zion.

Invocation to Tamar:

My mother Tamar,
Woman of the Veil,
For Judah’s sake
you sat beneath the palm tree
on the way to Timnath!
As a maiden who wears the red garment
you answered his call,
and by his signet and his staff,
you established the House of Judah!
Your womb brought forth twins,
and by the scarlet thread
you chose among them an heir!
The black robes of your widowhood
cover the body of a woman filled,
yet emptied of the men of her existence.
Give me your humility,
so that I may accept the cycles of life,
as they may come and go and come again.

Invocation to Esther:

My mother Esther,
Woman of the Crown of Judah,
You traded silk for sackcloth,
and gold for ashes.
You risked your life to save your people!
Give me your courage,
so that I will choose to act selflessly,
as I am called to protect those in my care.

Invocation to Judith:

My mother Judith,
Woman of the Palm Tree,
On the rainy field you defeated Canaan,
and stopped the iron chariots of Sisera!
In the shadow of the mountains,
you led Barak to victory,
over the enemies of the children of Israel!
Give me your foresight,
so that I may see my enemies at a distance
and not fear them,
as I face down the unrighteous threat of force.

Invocation to Abigail:

My mother Abigail,
Woman of Peace,
You turned away from the foolish house of Nabal,
and brought a generous offering to the camp of David!
You stayed the swords of men with words,
and stemmed the tide of blood with your countenance!
Give me your gift of diplomacy,
so that when anger swells and armor gleams,
I can be a force for peace.

Invocation to Jael:

My mother Jael,
Woman of the Nail and Hammer,
You hid the enemy of Israel in your tent,
and fed him milk instead of water!
In stealth you crept upon him,
In stealth you pierced his temple with your nail!
Blessed are you above women,
and blessed are you above women in the tent,
for you alone ended the bloodshed of innocents,
and protected your children by your own hand.
Give me your vicious cunning,
so that I will act as dark blooded Wisdom,
when I am called upon to defend my own.

Invocation to Deborah
by Initiate Lady Deborah, R+C

My mother Deborah,
woman of wisdom
Judge of Israel,
Prophetess of Israel,
You spoke wisdom to Israel
under the palm tree!
You sent the children of Israel
to defeat Sisera!
You sang the song of victory
with your general Barak!
Give me your wise words
That I might speak truth
Not shy away
from confrontation
when it is needed.

Invocation to Anna
by Initiate Lady Deborah, R+C

My mother Anna,
Woman of Fasting
Dedicated to prayer
Steadfast in the temple
Even in old age,
You recognized Yeshua
Even as an infant.
You looked for the redemption
of your people Israel.
You proclaimed the truth
of Yeshua.
Give me your insight
That I might proclaim
the Truth until death.

Invocation to Sarai:

My mother Sarai,
Woman of the Terebinth,
Priestess of En,
For all your days you dwelt
in the House of the Moon!
No man wed thee,
but the father of kings!
No child was born to thee,
but the heir to Israel!
You laughed in the face of God,
and asserted your will on Earth,
as a woman who knew
the end had come.
Give me your strong-willed Wisdom,
so that I too can stand firm
in my own power, as I laugh
in the face of patriarchy.

Invocation to Rebekah:

My mother Rebekah,
Woman of the Well,
You journeyed to a strange land,
away from the house of your mothers,
to dwell in the tent of Sarai.
There you gave an oracle,
and there the cloud descended!
There the twins you bore
cleaved your heart in twain,
and you wanted for an heir,
for Israel’s destiny.
“Why have I existed?” you cried,
as the dark night descended,
without another hope,
for another thousand years.
My mother Rebekah,
give me your strength to endure,
so that when I see that all is lost,
I may continue on as you did,
and be saved.

Invocation to Rachel:

My mother Rachel,
Woman of the Ewe Lamb,
Full of patience and compassion!
As a gentle shepherdess you waited
for seven years
then gave your beloved to another!
For seven more
you tended flocks together
and Jacob loved to serve you,
above all others,
for all his days in Haran,
the place of your mothers.
When he destroyed the teraphim,
when he broke up your birthright
and buried it in the ground,
as he had your broken body
along the way
to the land of his fathers,
Rebekah’s hope was buried with it.
Give me your compassionate beauty,
so that I might be the Goddess on Earth,
for those who wish to serve,
and be served by Her.

Invocation to Leah:

My mother Leah,
Woman of Fruitfulness,
Your fields are wide at the borders,
and your flocks yield firstlings
as the hares in their dens!
You provide for the Old World,
an Ensign,
and to the New Word,
a friend!
Jacob loved you
as a mother of Israel,
I call you now,
as a mother to me!
Protect me now,
in the pangs of childbirth,
Guide me now,
in the challenges of motherhood,
Be with me now,
in my joy and my sorrow!
Leah, the weary, stay close to me!

Invocation to Bilhah:

My mother Bilhah,
Woman of Distress,
there is so much to worry about!
How can I strike a balance
between the Magician and the Fool,
full control and complete faith,
and still remain the High Priestess,
calm and poised in my intuition?
My mother Bilhah,
give me your serenity,
so that I can accept
what can’t be changed
assume control of what can be
and appreciate every moment
during this precarious life.

Invocation to Zilpah:

My mother Zilpah,
Woman of Tears,
Emotion is as varied
as the forms water takes
as it courses over, through, and around us
like an ever-flowing current
of electricity
that neither shocks nor soothes us
but keeps us as women
ever in its path.
Let me know the greater power
of my emotional self
so that I may harness it,
and not abuse it,
as a force for my creation.

Invocation to Dinah:

My sister Dinah,
Woman of Promise,
In the Red Tent
you dwelt with your mothers
and inherited all
that Rachel had!
In the city of Shechem
you lay with the prince
as a priestess who celebrates
the marriage of Earth and Sky!
Your brothers, they knew this,
and called you harlot,
The scribes, they concealed this,
and said you were raped.
May I too claim power
from my own sexuality
and honor, as you did,
the gift of the Goddess!

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