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In Nomine Hekate

Recently I was asked by a close friend of mine to help come up with a daily devotional to Hekate for her. She comes from a Catholic background – a background that she no longer feels connected to and was telling me that she used to do prayers with a rosary, and that this was one of the practices she had down pat. So in response, I did a little “reverse engineering” and re-wrote the Hail Mary prayer for her to use with a rosary that she made for Hekate with red, black, and white beads with a key at the end. I have a similar rosary that I had bought at a festival once. I love both my rosary and the Hekate version so much that I’ve been reciting this daily as well.

This prayer is not only a reclamation of my friend’s past faith, but is also a reclamation of the goddess Diana and Hekate (who were often conflated and synchronized), whom the Virgin Mary absorbed a lot of her iconography, symbolism and titles from. One of the Virgin Mary’s shrines, The House of the Virgin Mary resides in Ephesus, which once had a temple to Diana and Hekate so marvelous that it was considered an ancient world wonder. It’s no coincidence that her shrine was placed in a part of the ancient world where these two goddesses were worshipped and many pilgrimaged to from around the world.

The following is a prayer in the format of “Hail Mary” but instead is dedicated to Hekate. It invokes two epithets, that of Abronoê (‘Gracious-minded’, ‘Providing Grace’, ‘Gracious’) and Pammêtôr (Mother of All). Instead of Amen, the phrase “In Nomine Hekate” is used, not only because it rhymes but because Catholic tradition tends to use this latin phrase “In Nomine” which means “In the name of” – with things referencing Jesus or the Lord, etc. after it. So here, Hekate takes that place, and it really has a great ring to it anyways.

Feel free to use this in your own personal practice. You can view it as a reclamation of goddess from the patriarchal religion or you can view it as beloved blasphemy, depending on where you stand with the Catholic tradition. This can be done with a rosary, mala beads, a simple beaded necklace or bracelet or without any physical tool at all.

Hail Hekate Abronoê, full of grace.
Whom Zeus honors above all.
For blessed art thou amongst gods and titans,
And blessed are thy torches of illumination.
Holy Hekate Pammêtôr, Mother of All,
Guide us witches through the darkness,
Now and at the hour of our death.
In Nomine Hekate

Original:

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

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