Litany to Hermes

Hermes the messenger, who bears the words of Zeus,
ever-present one who holds the herald’s wand,
wingfooted one who brings the blessings of the gods
to mortals frail and fleeting. Hermes, friend of men,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hermes, friend of the merchant, friend of the trader,
friend of the householder who prays for certainty,
from your hands fall silver and gold, cold coins that warm
our hearths and feed our families. Hermes, kind-hearted one,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hermes the crafty, wise and wily god of tricks,
god of the unexpected, god of swift change
and connections unseen, Hermes who finds a way,
when all roads are blocked, to reach any destination.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Great Hermes, god of the gambler, god of the game,
whose hand we see in the rise and fall of great men
and great nations, granter of luck and guide of
heedless chance, your keen eye sees what mortals cannot.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Silver-tongued Hermes, god of words who grants to men
the gift of persuasion. Patron of diplomats,
of those whose lives and livelihoods depend on smooth
talk and stirring speech, on wit and rhetoric.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hermes, guide of the dead, patient and kind-hearted
leader of the lost, Hermes who stands between
the bright world and the dark, who holds open the gate
as those we love pass into the realm of Persephone.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

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