Presenting Ceremony

Needed:

  • Bell

Clothing Color: White

The circle is cast.

Guardian of the North rings their bell once, stating: "I call to the North
Powers and creatures of Earth
Greet this child,
And give him/her your blessings.”

Guardian of the East rings their bell once, stating: "I call to the East,
Powers and creatures of Air.
Greet this child,
And give him/her your blessings.”

Guardian of the South rings their bell once, stating: "I call to the South,
Powers and creatures of Fire.
Greet this child,
And give him/her your blessings.”

Guardian of the West rings their bell once, stating: "I call to the West,
Powers and creatures of Water.
Greet this child,
And give him/her your blessings.”

EbonyDoe: "We gather together as a Circle of friends to welcome one of our own back to the community. In past lives we have lived, loved, and fought together. It is with great rejoicing that we greet one who has returned.”

High Priest: "His/Her spirit is one with us, as he/she has shown by choosing to reincarnate in this time and place. But his/her body is new, and must be introduced to the ancient ways of our people.”

EbonyDoe: "Lord and Lady,
We bring this young child before You,
Asking that You embrace him in body and spirit.
Protect and guide him upon his path,
and witness that we accept him into out community
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

High Priest: "(Parent's names), have you chosen a second name for your child?”

Parents: "Yes, (name).”

EbonyDoe: "(Baby's mundane name), your parents have chosen (name) to be your second name until you come of age. You have honored them by being born to them. Now, they return the honor with these vows.”

Parent's state their vows to the child; generally to love and respect and protect the child and to be an all around good parent.

High Priest: "Watchtowers, and all present bear witness to the naming of this child, and to the vows made by his parents. It is time for the community to welcome (name). Greet him/her and give him/her your blessings.”

EbonyDoe and (High Priest) give their blessings, then the rest of the Circle gives their blessings.

EbonyDoe: "As adults coming into the Craft, we tend to emphasize the rite of initiation into the mysteries. Yet, as important as that is, initiation is only one of many rites of passage to be experienced in a lifetime. (Name) has experienced his/her first rite of passage and his/her first Circle. May the Gods grant that the members of this community will be there to guard and guide him/her as he/she grows to reach other rites of passage.”

Guardian of the West: “Element of water, thank you for your participation in our ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Power of water, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell!”

Guardian of the South: “Element of fire, thank you for your participation in our ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Power of fire, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell!”

Guardian of the East: “Element of air, thank you for your participation in our ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Power of air, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell!”

Guardian of the North: “Element of earth, thank you for your participation in our ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Power of earth, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell! Everything comes from the north!”