Changes: Prayers and Services Honoring Rites of Passage

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These long-awaited rites have been under discussion by the church for more than six years. Included are public rites, together with prayers for individual and family use, for all of the major stages of human development, from early childhood to retirement. In addition, a new collection of prayers and a simple rite for remembering the departed provide an important pastoral resource for human grieving in the weeks and months following the death of a loved one.


Introductory Materials Including the theology and rationale for the rites, their structure and features

Planning for a Rite of Passage

Prayers for the Transitions of Childhood

Prayers and Rites for the Transitions of Young Adulthood

Including a rite of passage for young people and their parents; celebrating a significant birthday; the blessing of a betrothal

Prayers and a Rite for the Transitions of Midlife

Prayers and Rites for the Transitions of Elders

Prayers and a Rite for Remembering the Departed

Appendix containing suggested hymns and spiritual songs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898695410
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 82
  • Sales rank: 1,241,004
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note     iv
Foreword   Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald     v
Introductory Materials     1
Theology and Rationale     3
Structure and Features     5
The Rites as Related to Stages in Human Development     7
Planning for a Rite of Passage     9
Prayers for the Transitions of Childhood     13
Prayers and Rites for the Transitions of Young Adulthood     19
The Prayers     21
A Rite of Passage for Young People and Their Parents     24
A Rite of Passage for a Significant Birthday     31
The Blessing of a Betrothal     37
Prayers and a Rite for the Transitions of Midlife     41
The Prayers     43
A Rite for Claiming a New Name     47
Prayers and Rites for the Transitions of Elders     51
The Prayers     53
Farewell to a Home     54
A Celebration of Life on the Occasion of a Significant Birthday     55
A Rite for the Blessing or Commissioning of an Elder     61
Prayers for National Service     65
Prayers and a Rite for Remembering the Departed     69
The Prayers     71
A Rite for Remembering a Departed Soul     75
Suggested Hymns and Spiritual Songs     79
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