The Following are the Brief Descriptions of the Official Rituals used by the Church of the Elders.
1: The Welcoming ritual
This is a ritual for the birth of a new child, The ritual is not any sort of Baptism, in this ritual the child is wrapped in a small black robe and placed on the alter surrounded by natural offerings, leaves, berries etc. The parents stand either side of the priest who then in front of the congregation using a willow athamé calls for the gods by invoking the crowned princes and welcomes the child into the family both biological and congregational, this does not make the child a member of the church as that would be against the child's will. The parents are then included in the ritual and asked to make vows of their own to raise and look after their child even at the collapse of their marriage, optionally selected members of the congregation will do so too, this ensures that through the child's life they have the necessary parental figures.
Wedding ceremonies are called "hand fastenings" and mark the coming together of two people in a formal, loving and equal sexual partnership. The church take the swearing of oaths very seriously indeed and believe it important that they are articulate and sincere so that the intentions of the individuals concerned are personally presented rather than merely repeating a standard formula.
Because of the varying degree of relationships, a separate ceremony shall be prescribed for each event. This includes Short-Term Relations, Standard Marriages, Polyamorous relations and others. Note that while the Church of the Elders recognizes many different types of marriages, the only type that is recognized by secular law is the standard, heterosexual , monogamous marriage, except where laws recognize homosexual marriages of the same type.
3: Affirmations and Dedications
Although dedications are good in private we would like to make sure people are ready for it so official Dedications are performed on a Monday night in front of a congregation and with the directions given by the priest the ritual will be performed using the following prayer
"Before Enki, and in the presence of all the Gods and Goddesses of Duat, who are the true and original Gods of Earth and of mankind, I [full name] choose, of my own volition, to renounce (other faith or atheism) to work toward my advancement through and beyond this lifetime, the lessons I learn will forever become part of me.
I now proclaim Enki as my true God, the original Gods and Goddesses as my allies and mentors. I promise to honour them without reservation and I pledge to do the will of the Gods asking only to be at their side through my spiritual evolution and beyond."
The Death Ritual consists of three parts. The Final Address to the Deceased, The Reflection of the Next of Kin and the Celebration of Immortality. The Final Address is directed to the Deceased to inform them that they have, indeed, been permanently separated from their mortal body and should seek their higher selves to assimilate the recent life and plan for the next one. This is followed by the reflections of the next of kin, which reflect on the accomplishments of the deceased and the remaining challenges left by the individual. After the close of this session, the assembly is directed to a separate area where life and immortality are celebrated through reverie. The focus should be on the deceased person’s transition into an immortal state. Grief, while natural, is NOT the focus of the ceremony and the cycle of immortality is revered.
5: Coming-of-Age Ritual
This ritual is performed when a juvenile has proceeded far enough along in the puberty process to be biologically fertile, and must accept one of the first stages of adulthood. The subject of the ritual must perform some symbolic task appropriate to their gender and the mythology surrounding the creation process. After successful completion of the task, the puer is recognized as an adolescent. At this time, the adolescent should be educated in the biological process of procreation and the responsibilities thereof. This should be done in a positive, supporting environment that celebrates life.
6: Age of Majority Ritual
This ritual is to be performed on the birthday where the adolescent officially reaches the age of majority in their area. This is a solemn ritual where the person renounces their childhood forever and accepts the mantle of adult responsibility. It is recommended that the new adult either bury a symbol of childhood or break it to represent the severing of the childhood life and the acceptance of adult responsibility.
7: General Ritual
The general ritual will be used for most congregational sessions which starts with calling on the gods by the priest, meditations and chanting.
During the General ritual, after the Calling of the Gods, The Priest (or Senior Cleric if no Priest is available) The Priest may choose to either work with members who may be having energy problems, sermonize or allow a general community discussion as needed. There is no set format for the general ritual, but should last no longer than an hour and a half. At least one group meditation should be engaged in by the temple members and the present clergy.
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