Funeral Prayer

Old Man, ferry this one across safely,
bringing him/her swiftly and without detour
to the other side of the great sea.
Pole your boat here to this place and perform your duty.
His/her fare is paid, his/her place secured,
so take him/her aboard and carry him/her away,
over the sea, following the setting Sun,
to the landing place before the great city
where the Lord of Death rules.
Bring this one before he who sits on his throne.
Make his/her name known to the ruler there.
Make smooth the way, open the doors,
clear the path, unlock the gates.
Gerontos, this one is starting on a great journey.
Stand by him/her until he/she is safely home!

Serith, Ceisiwr — A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book