So I’ve been doing a lot of praying and worship and ritual and writing prayers and such lately, and came across this fabulous resource page that details out some of the proper usage of Thou, thee, thy and thine. I am still sorting some of it out, but I am thinking that for prayers and ritual from now on I would like to try using this mode of language.
I find it interesting and useful that despite not really having been “Churched” as a kid… as an English speaker whose only exposure to the 2nd Person Singular and Plural Nominative is through the Bible… addressing the Deities in that way just feels ~right~ on a deep deep level, it takes the prayer I am speaking or trying to write and makes it …. more formal yes, but also more deeply respectful, set aside from the everyday. Special. Liminal. Serving as a more appropriate bridge or gateway to the Numinous.
One of the goals of a religious ritual is to set the occasion aside as some how special in either time, or place, or both. What better way to do this than to use language we do not normally use? I know there are Reconstructionists who have studied Norse, Greek, or Gaelic (among a number of other languages), in order to address their Holy Ones in a more meaningful way.
I am reminded of a favorite quote,
“Science is a method of talking about the Universe in terms that bind it to a common reality. Magick is a way of speaking to the Universe in words that it cannot ignore.” –Neil Gaiman
Shouldn’t this hold true in our worship and Theurgy, as well as in our more practical magicks?