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 .
* 1 Christian * 2 Masonic * 3 See also * 4 References
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 ". As such, in the Anglican and Methodist traditions, the following are considered rites: "confirmation , reconciliation (confessions of sins), matrimony , holy orders and anointing of the sick ". Similarly the "rites of the Moravian Church are Confirmation, Marriage, and Ordination". In the Lutheran tradition, Holy Baptism, Holy Eucharist , and Confession ">
* ^ Thirty-Nine Articles , Article XXV * ^ Articles of Religion (Methodist) , Article XVI * ^ Lonsdale, Akasha (2010). _Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?: What You Need To Know When Attending Religious Occasions_. Kuperard. p. 20. ISBN 9781857335347 . access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ "Rites and Sacraments of the Moravian Church". Moravian Church of North America. 2000. Retrieved 11 May 2017. * ^ Wilkins, Ronald J. (1984). _Religion in North America_. Wm. C. Brown, Religious Education Division. p. 159. ISBN 9780697019301 . Other sacraments of Christian tradition — confirmation, marriage, and orders — are, for Lutherans, rites of the Church only. access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ What Are the Last Rites?