~ Honoring the Female Figures of this Season in Ancient Tradition and Folklore ~
✨Mōdraniht or Modranicht (“Night of the Mothers” or “Mothers’ Night”)✨
“This ancient Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian rite of recognition for the ancestral mothers or “disir” was held on the eve before the Winter Solstice. After these cultures accepted Christianity, the ritual took place on Christmas Eve.
“O Holy Mother, gracious and most divine creator of life. It is from your heart that nothingness can bear fruit, and it is from your womb the great spark of life is born.
You who have given of yourself time, and time again to both the devout, and the petulant. You who have shown us what it truly means to love without end, and without condition. You who are the ultimate mother.
To your daughters, shaped in your image, you entrust with the power of the immortal gate between worlds, that which is the cradle of life.
To those daughters you give the gift of strength that can over come all pain, as well as the drive to brave, and light the way through all darkness; it is the power of a mothers love.
On this night we pay tribute to you, and give thanks for your continual grace given unto us on our darkest night, and the grace you give unto us through those who are your life bearing daughters.
Blessed art thou divine mother of creation.
Daughters of the great mother, my blessed family matrons. Tonight in honor of your sacrifices, which were necessary to bring forth our family, I give unto thee praise. Dine with me tonight as we celebrate the wonders of life, and love.”
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