Prayer to the Ancestors

The ground on which we stand,
the starter block of our race;
the slate on which we write,
the pattern behind our lives.
You who lived in the times before us,
who laid down the way on which we travel,
who established traditions that guide our people,
whose blood flows red within us,
whose genes have engendered us:
a gift for you, a small one in return
for the great ones you have given us.
Even the greatest, life itself, is your gift to us.
A gift, then, from life to the dead.

Serith, Ceisiwr — A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book