Every religion has had some sort of prayer, whether it be something as simple as 'Thank you, God, for putting me on this earth' or some twenty-seven and a half line behemoth of a request for food, rain, wine, and women. Here are some examples of real world prayers, starting with the one posted by CaptainPenguin here, and some created by the greatest minds *cough* of the Citadel.

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Hail to Thee, Moon-Djehuty, who made different

the tongue of one country from another!

-Egyptian prayer to Thoth (Tehuti, or Djehuty)

Some monotheistic ones too.

Pygmy Hymn

In the beginning was God,

Today is God

Tomorrow will be God.

Who can make an image of God?

He has no body.

He is as a word

which comes out of your mouth.

That word! It is no more,

It is past, and still it lives!

So is God.

Nunc dimittis

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:

Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum

Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

-- -- -- -- --

At last, all-powerful Master,

You give leave to your servant

to go in peace, according to your promise.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,

Which you have prepared for all nations,

The light to enlighten the Gentiles,

And give glory to Israel, your people.

Ave Maria/Hail Mary

Ave Maria, gratia plena Dominus tecum;

Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.

-- -- -- --

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;

Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessing for Dwelling in the Sukkah (Jewish)

Barukh atah Adonai, Elohaynu, melekh ha-olam

asher keedishanu b'meetzvotav v'tzeevanu

leisheiv ba-sukkah (Amein)

-- -- -- --

Blessed are you, Lord, our God, king of the universe

who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us

to dwell in the sukkah (Amen)

Pie Jesu

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem,

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem,

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, sempiternam.

-- -- -- --

Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them rest,

Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them rest,

Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.

Invocation for Storing Corn (From 17th century Mexico)

I myself

Spirit in Flesh:

come forth

elder sister

Lady of Our Flesh

soon I shall place you

inside my jade jar

hold up the four directions

don't shame yourself

you shall be my breath

you shall be my cure

for me, Poor Orphan

for me, Centeotl

you, my elder sister

you, Tonacacihuatl

A Midwife's Invocation (Nahuatl prayer)

After a woman has given birth, the ritual with the newborn then begins. To wash it, they cast a spell on the vessel and on the water, thus:

Please come forth,

My jade calabash-cup

And my mother Jade-skirted One;

Soon you will bathe here,

Soon you will cleanse here

What was born in your hands,

What came to life in your hands.

Two prayers to the god Mihnamo Tiger-Eyes, to be said by his faithful before or during combat.

The Supplication

Mihnamo Tiger-Eyes give me strength and I will gorge you on the blood of my enemies.

Warrior's Prayer

Ready me now for the dawn

Crimson with the blood of those yet to be slain

Your path I have walked

Your prey I have stalked

My enemies blood like rain

And all but your eyes has gone.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in praelio. Contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur. Tuque princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and all other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer for the dead

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant onto them, O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

From Arth

FirstLand

HHHHHHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMM The chants continue for hours. They are not words, they are vibrations harmonic to the keys of the world. It is a magic thing.

In Antioch and most places in SecondLand

In front of a cretch (found in just about every building in Arth)

O' Master of X (insert element or archetype)

mumble, mumble, mumble.

Nobody except the deity is supposed to hear your prayer. This also covers the form over function of appearing pious.

In Amar everyday and other places on holy days:

Sung

O' Hear my song, your heart of spirit

Hear my song and be pleased

We lift up our voices to you

To the choir of all we join

O' Hear my song, heart of spirit

Join with us to the world

We lift up our voices to call you

To us and this world be joined.

Avon and a few places in SecondLand

From the Beginning

To the End

We walk with your guidence GE-EM

We follow your ways

MaskLand

Dannu Grant Me Vision and Wisdom

More comming.

Part of a rhyme/prayer, cited by a priest and a farmer while blessing grain with the Pildun Bowl: (many variations exist)

Through winter meek,

the spring you seek,

then sleep you bind,

till earth you find.

Start to grow,

as you greet the plow,

From our strain,

shall grow the grain.

From earthy bed,

will come the bread,

then we come near,

to the next year.

    Dawn Prayer to Zevarith, God of Fire

Shadow-Banisher, we greet you.

Life-Spark, we rejoice in your coming.

Pure-Flame, we beg of you.

Banish the Shadow of Death.

Show us the way to Rebirth.

Cleanse us with your Eternal Fire.

I have faith in you Oh Emptiness.

I have faith in the Eternal Fast.

I have faith in the Infinite Thirst.

Ayyosha's suffering be praised! Overcome any bitterness that may have come

because you were not up to the magnitude

of the pain and suffering that was entrusted to you.

Like Ayyosha, the Mother of Hunger

who carries the pain of the world

in her heart, each one of us is

part of her heart and therefore

each is endowed with a certain measure

of cosmic hunger.

You are sharing in the totality

of that suffering and are called upon

to meet it in joy instead of

self-pity.

Only when you purge yourself of all sustenance

can you begin to tread the path of enlightenment.

Oh Emptiness that I come from,

out of which all things come,

I love you more than all the fires

that fence the world,

for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone,

and then no one outside learns of you.

But the Emptiness pulls in everything,

shapes and fires, plants and animals and my humble self.

How easily it gathers them,

powers and people.

It is possible a great energy is moving near us.

I have faith in you Oh Emptiness.

I have faith in the Eternal Fast.

I have faith in the Infinite Thirst.

Ayyosha's suffering be praised!

-Excerpts from The Gospel of Ayyosha

Found in an old tome of the Crimson Order of the Triguian faith:

From Holy Light comes Matchless Right,

No Evil shall escape His Sight,

Let thee which came from Evil's Blight,

Know His Power, Lord Trigu's Might!

Sir Francis Drake's Prayer (1577)

I find this personally moving, and something applicable to any explorer.

Disturb us, Lord, when

We are too pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when

with the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst

For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wilder seas

Where storms will show Your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,

We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push back the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,

Who is Jesus Christ.