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One standard prayer was invented by Iolo Morganwyg and is used at Gorseddau and within Neodruidry. The translations originally were by Reverend John Williams and referred to God, modern variations can refer to God and Goddess or Spirit.
Grant, oh Spirit, thy protection
And in protection strength
And in strength understanding
And in understanding knowledge
And in knowledge the knowledge of justice
And in the knowledge of justice the love of it
And in the love of it the love of all existences
And in the love of all existences the love of Spirit and all goodness
Another vow which is often made is:
We swear, by peace and love to stand, heart to heart and hand in hand. Mark, oh spirits and hear us now, confirming this, our sacred vow.
Apparently this came from Ross Nichols and the Universal Bond, and was first performed publicly upon Tower Hill in 1956 and is repeated three times with participants holding hands.
Another thing which is quite common is chanting the awen three times, this can have variations such as I-A-O or I-A-O-M, the point is to use three sacred vowels to create a sacred word, resonating with energy.
As for standard services, there should be celebrations of some kind at any sacred site at the right time of year and right time in the day, check your local pagan information for how to find these.