I praise you bright and noble Hera, great lady
of Olympos, gracious queen of the deathless gods,
dark-eyed goddess, fairest of the children of Rhea,
graceful and comely, cloaked in the starry skies,
garlanded in poppies fragrant and blood-red,
crowned in brightest gold, the lotus wand in your hand,
your form ever draped in the finest of silks,
majestic one whose blessing is sought by all,
whose gifts are treasured, whose favor is a surety
of good fortune. Hera, champion of great cities,
guardian of ancient Argos and the pretty isle
of Samos, warder of the bonds of marriage,
protector of women in the old world and the new,
unparalleled goddess, white-armed one, sovereign
of the high-reaching heavens, I honor your might.


Hera of the deep heart, beautiful goddess
whose true radiance would blind mortal eyes,
whose steps fall softly in the golden halls
of storied Olympos. In silks your fair form
is draped, O Hera, heavy with jewels is your crown,
the sweetest of perfumes surround you; in ancient
times you received the highest honors, the finest
of offerings were ever yours, your shining temples
stood across the land. Hera, defender of cities,
protector of marriage, champion of the love
that upholds a family, that cherishes a child,
you are the friend of those who hold the household dear.
Queen of the heavens, holder of the lotus staff,
the poppy and the pomegranate have you
in hand. Hera, supreme in dignity and grace,
unsurpassed in goodness and kindness, I praise you.

Prayer to Hera for a Happy Marriage

Hera, queen of Olympos, bride of thundering Zeus,
protector of marriage, of the joining of hearts
and the creation of bonds, of the building
of home and the finding of family. Great Hera,
whose presence honors any wedding day, whose favor
graces any marriage, I pray to you, O goddess,
grant to me a joyous union, a love to last,
a harmonious home. I ask your blessing
on my household, O Hera–may it be a place
of happiness and affection. I ask your blessing
on my marriage bed–may it be a place of joy
and pleasure. May my mate and I share our lives;
may we grow old together, merry and content;
may our words be honey-sweet, may our love be
ever strong. Shining Hera, I ask your blessing.


Deep-eyed Hera, beloved bride of mighty Zeus,
mighty goddess, fair of face and silent of step,
noble your manner, stately and poised your form,
a queenly presence is ever yours, godly
in glory, womanly in grace and beauty.
Beloved Hera, patroness of kings and princes,
friend of women, of mothers, upholder of marriage,
of the right of lovers to join hearts and hands;
lavish your gifts, liberal your hand, limitless
the blessings you bestow on those you favor.
Hera, the broad sky is yours, and the sweet air
we breathe; to you we turn to for harmony
and wedded bliss; to you we turn to for strength
in the passion and turmoil and hard work of marriage;
to you we offer our thanks for a life of love.
Well-crowned Hera, beautiful one, revered one,
greatest of goddesses, I praise and honor you.

Litany to Hera

Hera, queen of lofty Olympos, goddess
whose crown shines brightly, alight with precious gems;
attended by the Seasons, enthroned in gold,
you sit at the side of of lightning-wielding Zeus:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hera, queen of the cloudless heavens, queen of the stars
that flicker in the night; the broad blue sky is yours,
Hera, the gentle breeze, the keen-edged winter winds.
With every breath, we are grateful for your gifts:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hera of the lovely eyes, fairest of all
who walk Olympos’ splendid halls; your beauty
is unequaled, shining goddess, dark-eyed one
whose gaze is steady, who sees into all hearts:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Glorious Hera, bride of thundering Zeus,
friend of marriage, friend of those who pledge their hearts.
Each wedding day is brighter for your presence, Hera;
each couple is blessed who receives your favor.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Hera, goddess of family, of the bond between
the generations, you knew our forebears long ago
and you will know our children’s children. Great Hera,
wise one whose keen eye sees into posterity,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Mighty Hera, patroness of kings and of queens,
of the leaders of nations, you understand power,
you hold its essence in your hands. You grant to those
you favor all influence and might, O goddess.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Majestic Hera, indomitable goddess,
defender of men, warder of the city walls,
guardian of the gates, your people turn to you
for succor, you who are both comfort and refuge.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

To Hera

I call to Hera, queen of lofty Olympos,
dark-eyed goddess, beloved of thundering Zeus,
radiant daughter of Kronos and blessed Rhea.
In times of old were you well loved, in Argos
and in Samos. Many are the tales told of you;
many are your temples, many are your honors,
many are the blessings granted by your goodness.
Wise one, insightful one, you discern and devise
the way most fitting to achieve your ends. Hera,
in a clear blue sky we recognize your favor,
and in a warm spring rain; in a joyous wedding feast,
a constant love, and a harmonious home we know you.
Stately and beautiful goddess, friend of women,
friend of marriage, protector of home and family,
most lovely and exalted goddess, I call to you.


Glorious Hera, fair one, noble one,
beautiful Hera with eyes as deep and full
as any well, as bright as distant stars,
as clear as the cloudless sky, I praise you.
Peerless Hera, queen of high Olympos,
chosen bride of thundering Zeus, only you
could match his might, his wit, his every step.
Dear Hera, guardian of marriage, of love
between partners, of constancy, of faith
and of faithfulness, your blessings you give
to those who hold together against the world;
who build together a family, a haven,
a life; who grow together into a fond
old age, ever ardent, ever devoted.
Shining Hera, sublime goddess, I honor you.