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Rite
A RITE or RITUAL is an established, ceremonial , usually religious , act. Rites in this sense fall into three major categories: * rites of passage , generally changing an individual's social status, such as marriage , adoption , baptism , coming of age , graduation , or inauguration ; * communal rites , whether of worship , where a community comes together to worship, such as Jewish synagogue or Mass , or of another character, such as fertility rites and certain non-religious festivals ; * rites of personal devotion, where an individual worships, including prayer and pilgrimages such as the Muslim Hajj , pledges of allegiance , or promises to wed someone .CONTENTS * 1 Christian * 2 Masonic * 3 See also * 4 References CHRISTIAN Main article: Christian liturgy This Lutheran pastor administers the rite of confirmation on youth confirmands after instructing them in Luther\'s Small Catechism . Within many Protestant Christian denominations, the word rite is used for important ceremonies that are not considered sacraments or ordinances . The 39 Articles of the Anglican Communion and the Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church state "there are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord "
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Rite (other)
A RITE is an established ceremonious act. RITE also may refer to: * Autonomous particular church within Roman Catholic Church * Rites (album) an album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek * Rites, a.k.a. Quarry (novel) by Ally Kennen * The Rite (1969 film) , a Swedish drama film * The Rite (2011 film) , an American horror film * RITE Method , game usability criteria * RITES Ltd
RITES Ltd
, an Indian companySEE ALSO * Syriac Rite (other) This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title RITE. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rite_(other) additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy .® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc
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Ceremony
A CEREMONY (UK : /ˈsɛrɪməni/ , US : /ˈsɛrəˌmoʊni/ ) is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. The word may be of Etruscan origin, via the Latin _caerimonia _. CONTENTS * 1 Ceremonial occasions * 2 Celebration of events * 3 Process * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 External links CEREMONIAL OCCASIONSA ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a human life, marking the significance of, for example: * birth * initiation (college orientation week ) * puberty * social adulthood (Bar (or Bat) Mitzvah ) * graduation * union (marriage) * awarding * retirement * death ( Day of the Dead ) * burial (funeral ) * spiritual (baptism , communion )CELEBRATION OF EVENTSOther, society-wide ceremonies may mark annual or seasonal or recurrent events such as: * vernal equinox , winter solstice and other annual astronomical positions * weekly Sabbath day * inauguration of an elected office-holder * occasions in a liturgical year or "feasts" in a calendar of saints * Opening and closing of a sports event, such as the Olympic Games Other ceremonies underscore the importance of non-regular special occasions, such as: * coronation of a monarch * victory in battle In some Asian cultures, ceremonies also play an important social role, for example the tea ceremony . PROCESSCeremonies may have a physical display or theatrical component: dance , a procession , the laying on of hands
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Religious
There is no scholarly consensus over the definition of "RELIGION". Conventionally, a "religion" is any cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world views , texts , sanctified places, ethics, or organizations , that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental . Religions relate humanity to what anthropologist Clifford Geertz has referred to as a cosmic "order of existence". Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the "divine ", "sacred things", "faith ", a "supernatural being or supernatural beings" or "some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life". Religious practices may include rituals , sermons , commemoration or veneration (of deities ), sacrifices , festivals , feasts , trances , initiations , funerary services , matrimonial services , meditation , prayer , music , art , dance , public service , or other aspects of human culture. Religions have sacred histories and narratives , which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places , that aim mostly to give a meaning to life . Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life , the Universe and other things. Traditionally, faith, in addition to reason, has been considered a source of religious beliefs
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Rites Of Passage
A RITE OF PASSAGE is a ceremony of the passage which occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another. It involves a significant change of status in society . In cultural anthropology the term is the Anglicisation of rite de passage, a French term innovated by the ethnographer Arnold van Gennep in his work Les rites de passage, "The Rites of Passage." The term is now fully adopted into anthropology as well as into the literature and popular cultures of many modern languages. CONTENTS * 1 Original conception * 2 Stages * 3 Psychological effects * 4 Cultural * 5 Types and examples * 5.1 Coming of age * 5.2 Religious * 5.3 Military * 5.4 Academic * 5.5 Vocational/professional * 5.6 Sports * 5.7 Other * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Bibliography * 9 Further reading * 10 External links ORIGINAL CONCEPTIONIn English, Van Gennep's first sentence of his first chapter begins: Each larger society contains within it several distinctly separate groupings. ... In addition, all these groups break down into still smaller societies in subgroups. The population of a society belongs to multiple groups, some more important to the individual than others. Van Gennep uses the metaphor, "as a kind of house divided into rooms and corridors." A passage occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another; in the metaphor, he changes rooms
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Marriage
MARRIAGE, also called MATRIMONY or WEDLOCK, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between the spouses married to each other, between the spouses and any resulting biological or adopted children of theirs, and between spouses and their affinity (in-laws and other family through marriage). The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual , are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity . When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal . Nepali wedding Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal , emotional, financial, spiritual , and religious purposes. Whom they marry may be influenced by socially determined rules of incest , prescriptive marriage rules , parental choice and individual desire. In some areas of the world, arranged marriage , child marriage , polygamy , and sometimes forced marriage , may be practiced as a cultural tradition. Conversely, such practices may be outlawed and penalized in parts of the world out of concerns of the infringement of women's rights, or the infringement of children's rights (both female and male children), and because of international law
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Adoption
ADOPTION is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation , from the biological parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation . Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century , tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Antiquity * 1.2 Middle Ages to modern period * 1.3 Modern period * 2 Contemporary adoption * 2.1 Forms of adoption * 2.2 How adoptions originate * 2.3 How adoptions can disrupt * 2.4 Adoption by same-sex couples in the U.S
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Baptism
BAPTISM (from the Greek noun βάπτισμα _baptisma_; see below ) is a Christian sacrament of admission and adoption , almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally. The canonical Gospels report that Jesus was baptized —a historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be assigned. Baptism has been called a holy sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ. In some denominations, baptism is also called christening, but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants . Baptism has also given its name to the Baptist churches and denominations . The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians was for the candidate to be immersed , either totally (submerged completely under the water) or partially (standing or kneeling in water while water was poured on him or her). While John the Baptist 's use of a deep river for his baptism suggests immersion, "The fact that he chose a permanent and deep river suggests that more than a token quantity of water was needed, and both the preposition 'in' (the Jordan) and the basic meaning of the verb 'baptize' probably indicate immersion. In v. 16, Matthew will speak of Jesus 'coming up out of the water'
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Coming Of Age
COMING OF AGE is a young person\'s transition from being a child to being an adult . The certain age at which this transition takes place changes in society, as does the nature of the change. It can be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual or spiritual event, as practiced by many societies. In the past, and in some societies today, such a change is associated with the age of sexual maturity (early adolescence), especially menarche and spermarche . In others, it is associated with an age of religious responsibility. Particularly in western societies, modern legal conventions which stipulate points in late adolescence or early adulthood (most commonly 18-21 when adolescents are generally no longer considered minors and are granted the full rights and responsibilities of an adult) are the focus of the transition. In either case, many cultures retain ceremonies to confirm the coming of age, and significant benefits come with the change. Coming of age is often a topic of fiction, in the form of a coming-of-age story . In written literature, a novel which deals with the psychological and moral growth often associated with coming of age is sometimes called a _bildungsroman _. Similar stories that are told in film are called coming-of-age films
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Graduation
GRADUATION is getting a diploma or academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated with it, in which students become graduates . Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as graduands. The date of graduation is often called GRADUATION DAY. The graduation ceremony itself is also called COMMENCEMENT, CONVOCATION or INVOCATION. Normally, the ceremony and name apply to high school and above (the next ascending levels being Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). In the United States of America, graduations for elementary school or even Kindergarten have been a fad of recent years. When ceremonies are associated, they usually include a procession of the academic staff and candidates and a valediction . At the college and university level the faculty will usually wear academic dress at the formal ceremonies, as will the trustees and degree candidates. "Graduation" at the college and university level occurs when the presiding officer confers degrees upon candidates, either individually or en masse, even if graduates physically receive their diploma later at a smaller college or departmental ceremony. After degree completion, graduates can be referred to by their graduating year. In some places, graduation parties to celebrate graduation from school, college or university are popular. In a recent 2014 nationwide survey in the United States, $985 was the average amount spent on graduation parties
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Inauguration
An INAUGURATION is a formal ceremony or special event to mark either: * the beginning of a major public leader's term of office. * the opening or first public use of a new civic area, organisation or project. Such as a museum , hospital or film studio . The term, in a less formal context, can also be used to be refer: * to the beginning or introduction of a new system, policy, or period. * the first, maiden or initial use of something. For example, a ship , railway or even computer service of some kind. CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 Public office * 3 Inaugural address * 4 Official opening * 5 Ceremonial site * 6 Presidential inaugurations * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links ETYMOLOGYThe historical source of the word “_inauguration_” stems from the Latin _augur _, which refers to the rituals of ancient Roman priests seeking to interpret if it was the will of the gods for a public official to be deemed worthy to assume office . PUBLIC OFFICEPolitical inaugurations often feature lavish ceremonies, in which the figure publicly takes his or her oath of office , sometimes called "swearing-in", often in front of a large crowd of spectators. A monarchical inauguration is similar to what some countries may be called a coronation or enthronement . INAUGURAL ADDRESSThe "inaugural address" is a speech given during this ceremony which informs the people of his or her intentions as a leader
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Ritual
A RITUAL "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence". Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community , including a religious community . Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance. Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. They include not only the worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also rites of passage , atonement and purification rites , oaths of allegiance , dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages and funerals, school "rush " traditions and graduations, club meetings, sporting events, Halloween parties, veterans parades, Christmas shopping and more. Many activities that are ostensibly performed for concrete purposes, such as jury trials , execution of criminals, and scientific symposia , are loaded with purely symbolic actions prescribed by regulations or tradition, and thus partly ritualistic in nature. Even common actions like hand-shaking and saying hello may be termed rituals. The field of ritual studies has seen a number of conflicting definitions of the term. One given by Kyriakidis is that a ritual is an outsider's or "etic " category for a set activity (or set of actions) that, to the outsider, seems irrational, non-contiguous, or illogical
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Worship
WORSHIP is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity . An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader. CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 Worship in various religions * 2.1 Buddhism * 2.2 Christianity * 2.2.1 Adoration versus veneration * 2.3 Hinduism * 2.4 Islam * 2.5 Judaism * 2.5.1 Worship through mundane activities * 2.6 Sikhism * 2.7 Wicca * 3 Modern worship * 4 See also * 5 References ETYMOLOGYThe word is derived from the Old English weorþscipe, meaning _worship, honour shown to an object_, which has been etymologised as "_worthiness_ or _worth-ship"_—to give, at its simplest, worth to something. WORSHIP IN VARIOUS RELIGIONSBUDDHISM Further information: Buddhist devotion and Puja (Buddhism) Worship in Buddhism may take innumerable forms given the doctrine of skillful means . Worship is evident in Buddhism in such forms as: guru yoga , mandala , thanka , yantra yoga , the discipline of the fighting monks of Shaolin , panchamrita , mantra recitation, tea ceremony, ganacakra , amongst others. Buddhist Devotion is an important part of the practice of most Buddhists
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Jew
The JEWS (/dʒuːz/ ; Hebrew : יְהוּדִים‎ ISO 259-3 Yhudim, Israeli pronunciation ), also known as the JEWISH PEOPLE, are an ethnoreligious group and nation originating from the Israelites
Israelites
, or Hebrews
Hebrews
, of the Ancient Near East . Jewish ethnicity , nationhood and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism
Judaism
is the traditional faith of the Jewish nation, while its observance varies from strict observance to complete nonobservance. Jews
Jews
originated as a national and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in the part of the Levant
Levant
known as the Land of Israel
Israel
. The Merneptah Stele appears to confirm the existence of a people of Israel
Israel
somewhere in Canaan
Canaan
as far back as the 13th century BCE (Late Bronze Age). The Israelites, as an outgrowth of the Canaanite population, consolidated their hold with the emergence of the Kingdom of Israel
Israel
, and the Kingdom of Judah . Some consider that these Canaanite sedentary Israelites
Israelites
melded with incoming nomadic groups known as 'Hebrews'
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Synagogue
A SYNAGOGUE, also spelled SYNAGOG (pronounced /ˈsɪnəɡɒɡ/ ; from Greek συναγωγή, synagogē, 'assembly', Hebrew
Hebrew
: בית כנסת‎‎ bet kenesset, 'house of assembly' or בית תפילה bet tefila, "house of prayer", שול SHUL, אסנוגה esnoga or קהל kahal), is a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogues have a large hall for prayer (the main sanctuary ), and may also have smaller rooms for study and sometimes a social hall and offices. Some have a separate room for Torah
Torah
study , called the beith midrash (Sephardi) beis medrash (Ashkenazi)—בית מדרש ('house of study'). Synagogues are consecrated spaces used for the purpose of prayer, Tanakh (the entire Hebrew Scriptures
Hebrew Scriptures
including Torah
Torah
) reading, study and assembly; however, a synagogue is not necessary for worship . Halakha holds that communal Jewish worship
Jewish worship
can be carried out wherever ten Jews
Jews
(a minyan ) assemble. Worship can also be carried out alone or with fewer than ten people assembled together. However, halakha considers certain prayers as communal prayers and therefore they may be recited only by a minyan. The synagogue does not replace the long-since destroyed Temple in Jerusalem
Temple in Jerusalem

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Mass (liturgy)
MASS is a term used to describe the main eucharistic liturgical service in many forms of Western Christianity . The term mass is commonly used in the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
, Anglican , as well as some Lutheran churches, Methodist , Western Rite Orthodox and Old Catholic churches. Some Protestants employ terms such as Divine Service or service of worship , rather than the word Mass. For the celebration of the Eucharist in Eastern Christianity , including Eastern Catholic Churches , other terms such as Divine Liturgy , Holy Qurbana , and Badarak are typically used instead. CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 Mass in the Catholic Church * 2.1 Introductory rites * 2.2 Liturgy
Liturgy
of the Word * 2.3 Liturgy
Liturgy
of the Eucharist * 2.4 Communion rite * 2.5 Concluding rite * 3 Mass in Anglicanism * 3.1 Structure of the rite * 3.2 Special
Special
Masses * 3.3 Ceremonial * 4 Mass in Lutheranism * 5 Calendrical usage * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Bibliography * 9 Further reading * 10 External links ETYMOLOGY Further information: Ite, missa est § Meaning The English noun mass is derived from Middle Latin missa
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