Friþugawidands

Information

Name Meaning: From the reconstructed Gothic word *friþus (“frith”) + gawidan (“to join, bind”). Friþugawidands means “Frith-Binding” or “Frith-Joining.”
Deities Honored: Þaibons.
Activities: This festival places emphasis on hospitality and the bonds of friþus that Reidarjos have with others. Celebrants feast together and give small gifts to strengthen those bonds. Reidarjos may also make donations to charities and causes that support immigrants and refugees.
Offerings: Standard offerings.
Associated myth: Theodoric the Great accepts the refugee Rugians into his home after his enemy, Odavacer, destroyed their kingdom.

Prayers

Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons, First of Queens, Great Goddess!
You read the threads of fate that bind humanity together
and oversee the exchange between guest and host.
O Hearth-Keeper, may You lead me to safety and shelter.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons!
Tender of the Sacred Flame!
Great Goddess who reads
the threads of fate
that bind humanity.

I welcome You, Þaibons!
First of Queens and
Most Gracious Host,
You hold the keys to the door;
You oversee the exchange
between guest and host.
We observe Your lessons
of goodwill and hospitality,
welcoming those who are lost,
breaking bread with the hungry.
Receive these gifts, O Þaibons,
mistress of hearth and home,
that I freely give to You.
May You lead me to
safety and shelter.

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