Friday, May 25, 2018

Plynteria Prayer to Athena Polias

Plynteria is one of my favorite ancient Greek religious observances, even though I am barred from its main function because of my gender. Plynteria is the annual undressing, washing and redressing of the statue of Athena Polias (Athena of the City). Only women were allowed to see Athena's statue naked, wash, and redress it. Men either did not, or were not, allowed.

But as a man, there are still things I can do to honor Athena Polias during this time. I can hold a feast in Her honor, and/or just do general sacrifice, prayer and praise, and thus, I have decided to write and share this Plynteria prayer for everyone participating or honoring the time. This prayer can be followed by whatever sacrifice or gift one has for Her.

O' blessed Athena,
Aegis-Bearing Daughter of the King of all Gods,
I welcome you as the Goddess of my City,
of the civilization in which I live,
that the goodness of heaven may descend upon us.
Be the Guardian at our gates,
the Watchful Eye at our towers,
the Voice of reason in our government,
the Justice in our courts,
the Teacher of our youth,
good Counsel among our people.
the Destroyer of evil,
and a Goddess who sends to us Heroes.
Still with us today is your Presence,
and still given now is my gratitude and devotion.
Your eyes shine like the stars,
your Divinity as eternal as Olympos itself,
Victory is forever in your hands.
Welcome, Athena Polias,
come to us,
here you are worshiped,
here you are loved,
here you are adored,
here you are needed. 

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.