African Prayers for the Dying

African prayers for the dying can offer comfort through a firm sense of rootedness in both the earth and spirit, especially at the end of life.

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adinka, symbols, ghana, We Africans carry in our heritage the cradle of humanity. We carry the deep sorrows of slavery. We carry the suffering of AIDS leaving whole villages of only children.

We are living on the dark continent with yet so much light. In our African prayers. In our dances. In our stories. In our living. In our dying.

An African farmer used to sit in church for long periods of silence. When he was asked about this, he spoke of his God saying: "I look at him and he looks at me and it is enough."

Our prayers take many forms, especially when slavery took us to places far away from Africa. Jamaican reggae is one form. Christian gospels are another form. Yet they are still our prayers. African prayers.

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Praise ye Lord,
Peace be with us.

Say that the elders may have wisdom and speak with one voice.
Peace be with us.

Say that the country may have tranquillity.
Peace be with us.

And the people may continue to increase.
Peace be with us.

Say that the people and the flock and the herds
May prosper and be free from illness.
Peace be with us.

Say that the fields may bear much fruit
And the land may continue to be fertile.
Peace be with us.

May peace reign over earth,
May the gourd cup agree with vessel.
Peace be with us.

May their heads agree and every ill word be driven out
Into the wilderness, into the virgin forest.

- Kikuyu Peace Prayer -

www.godprayers.org/Kikuyu-Peace-Prayer.htm



Adinkra, symbol, ghana




Morning has risen;
God, take away from us every pain,
every ill, every mishap;
God, let us come safely home.

- Pygmy Women's Prayer -
- The Prayers of African Religion. -
- London. S.P.C.K., Maryknoll. Orbis, 1975. -
- p.32. -






Praise ye, Ngai … Peace be with us.

Say that the elders may have wisdom
and speak with one voice.
Peace be with us.

Say that the country may have tranquility.
Peace be with us.

And the people may continue to increase.
Peace be with us.

Say that the people and the flock and the herds
May prosper and be free from illness.
Peace be with us.

Say that the fields may bear much fruit
And the land may continue to be fertile.
Peace be with us.

May peace reign over earth,
May the gourd cup agree with the vessel.
Peace be with us.

May their heads agree and
every ill word be driven out
Into the wilderness, into the virgin forest.

Praise ye, Ngai … Peace be with us.

- Kikuyu, Kenya -







Wonderful one, you live
among the sheltering rocks.
You give rain to us people.

We pray to you,
hear us, O Strong One!
When we beg you, show your mercy.

You are in the highest places
with the spirits of the great ones.

You raise the grass-covered hills
above the earth,
and you make the rivers.
Gracious one!

- Rozwi, South Africa -

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Great is, O King,
our happiness
in thy kingdom,
thou, our king.

We dance before thee,
our king,
by the strength
of thy kingdom.

May our feet
be made strong;
let us dance before thee,
eternal.

Give ye praise,
all angels,
to him above
who is worthy of praise.

- Zulu, South Africa -

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Lyrics to:
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Dont worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: dont worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right!

Rise up this mornin,
Smiled with the risin sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, this is my message
to you-ou-ou:

Thanks for the reminder, Felix!






Ope ni fun Olorun,
Gratitude to the Owner of the Realm of the Ancestors,

Iba Olodumare, Oba ajiki,
Homage to the Creator, the King who we praise first,

Mo ji loni,
I awake today,

Mo wo'gun merin Aye,
I behold the four corners of the World,

Iba Elawori,
Homage to the Spirit of Purity,

Agbegi lere, la'fin ewu l'ado,
He who carves the cloth at Ado in the form of a sculpture,

Eiti Olodumare ko pa'jo iku e da,
The one whose date of death
has not been changed by the wind,

Omo Oluworiogbo,
Child of the Chief Priest who made
all the Heads that exist in Creation.

Iba'se ila Oorun,
Homage to the power of East,

Iba'se iwo Oorun,
Homage to the power of the West,

Iba'se Ariwa,
Homage to the power of the North,

Iba'se Guusu,
Homage to the power of the South,

Iba Oba Igbalaye,
Homage to the King of the Seasons of the Earth,

Iba Orun Oke,
Homage to the Invisible Realm of the Mountains,

Iba Atiwo Orun,
Homage to all things that live in the Invisible Realm,

..........

Iba Okiti biri, Oba ti np'ojo iku da,
Homage to the Averter of the final days,
The King who could change the time of Death,

Iba ate-ika eni Olodumare,
Homage to the mat that cannot be rolled up once laid out,

Iba Odemu demu kete a lenu ma fohun,
Homage to the power that extracts Goodness
from the Realm of the Invisible,

Iba'se awon Iku emese Orun,
Homage to the dead, the messengers of the Invisible Realm.

...........

- Iba'se, Parts of the Ifa Prayer of Praise, West Africa -







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