Submitted by Ash on Sun, 12/09/2018 - 21:22

Dedication Ritual

submitted by Lady Erzsebet.

(The best time to do this ritual is on the Summer Solstice or on Lammas)

OPENING~
Put up circle as per usual, up to, but not including DDTM. Ritual is to be performed by the Priest or Priestess, whichever is the opposite sex of the candidate.

Candidate stands facing Priest/ess~
"I (full given name), have decided that I want to dedicate myself to the honor and keeping of the Gods, and I wish to so swear, with this circle of the craft as my witness."

Priest/ess to coven~
"Is (candidates full name) an honest person, of good character and standing with the community, who respects our ways, and wishes to learn the path of wisdom from the Lord and Lady?"

Coven~
"We have found her/him to be so."

Priest/ess to candidate~
"What is the rede?"

Candidate~
"An it harm none, do what ye will."

Priest/ess~
"And are you willing to make your oath to the Gods?"

Candidate~
"I am."

Priest/ess~
"Are you willing to always keep all secrets that are told to you, even if it would cost you your life?"

Candidate~
"I am."

Priest/ess~
"Are you willing to swear this before the Gods, and before all those assembled here?

Candidate~
"I am."

Priest/ess to coven~
"Does s/he possess the password to enter into the worlds where such an oath must be made?

Coven~
"No, s/he does not possess it. We give it now to him/her, so s/he may enter."

Priest/ess~
"By what right or privilege do you ask admittance into our rites and into the company of the Gods?"

Coven~
"By the right of the two passwords. Perfect love and perfect trust."

Priest/ess to candidate~
"The door has been opened for you. But you must make the first step alone. By what right do you enter?"

Candidate~
"By those same passwords. Perfect love and perfect trust."

Priest/ess~
"I give you a third.(kisses candidate)

**DDTM is performed now**

Priest/ess~
"You may now proceed with your wish."

Candidate gives dedication oath. This should be written by the candidate with the help of the coven, so that all the elements required are included, but should not follow a prewritten script.

Priest/ess to all assembled~
"We have heard (candidates name)'s intentions. Do you have any questions or do you wish any clarification?"

Each convener does so, if they want clarification. This continues until everyone is satisfied as to the meaning of the candidate's oath and are satisfied that the candidate has promised to live up to the rede, to the best of his/her ability while a student and to keep the secrets, whether they stay in or not. (NOTE: Promising more than has been revealed is unfair ~ The candidate MUST fully understand what they have sworn to uphold)

Priest/ess~
"We have heard your oath. Remember that your oath binds you, since it has been made in the presence of the Gods and witnessed by the craft."

Priest/ess then introduces the new dedicant to each member of the group, then to the quarters, and finally to the Gods.

Priest/ess~
"Lord and Lady, here is your child, (name) who has sworn his/her devotion to you. Treat him/her gently and with justice, for s/he is young in the ways of the wise."

Cakes and wine, with the new dedicant being given the first drink in honor of his/her new status. Dismiss the circle.

This article is © 2003 Lady Erzsebet.