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RITUALS:

SECULAR and RELIGIOUS

SECULAR and RELIGIOUS
SECULAR and RELIGIOUS
SECULAR and RELIGIOUS
RITUALS: SECULAR and RELIGIOUS DEFINITION:  If a symbol is a meaningful sign , a ritual
RITUALS: SECULAR and RELIGIOUS DEFINITION:  If a symbol is a meaningful sign , a ritual

DEFINITION:

RITUALS: SECULAR and RELIGIOUS DEFINITION:  If a symbol is a meaningful sign , a ritual

If a symbol is a meaningful sign, a ritual is a meaningful action.

They can be simple or elaborate.

Simple:

sign , a ritual is a meaningful action .  They can be simple or elaborate

Or Elaborate:

sign , a ritual is a meaningful action .  They can be simple or elaborate
sign , a ritual is a meaningful action .  They can be simple or elaborate
sign , a ritual is a meaningful action .  They can be simple or elaborate

Rituals always communicate

something and connect people to one another

communicate something and connect people to one another Religious Rituals:  Are agreed on, formalized patterns
communicate something and connect people to one another Religious Rituals:  Are agreed on, formalized patterns

Religious Rituals:

Are agreed on, formalized patterns of

ceremonial movements and verbal

expressions done in “holy space.”

In Religion, ritual is more important than doctrine (belief)

Ritual holds the essence of Religion

There would be no Religion without rituals

Rituals appeal to the whole person, not just a part. They are dramatic

 There would be no Religion without rituals Rituals appeal to the whole person, not just
 There would be no Religion without rituals Rituals appeal to the whole person, not just

1. Religious rituals connected to life cycles:

Baptism

1. Religious rituals connected to life cycles:  Baptism Or Baptism this way: Marriage: Think of

Or Baptism this way:

connected to life cycles:  Baptism Or Baptism this way: Marriage: Think of all the “agreed

Marriage: Think of all the

“agreed on, formal elements”

connected to life cycles:  Baptism Or Baptism this way: Marriage: Think of all the “agreed

…all the planning

…all the planning

Date

Location

Audience

Dress

Order of events (entrance)

Words said

Order of events (exit)

Next…

Death Rituals

Death Rituals

What happens to the body?

Wake (Viewing)

Ceremony in church/at cemetery

Special people to lead it

Special things said

What happens next

Military Funeral

Military Funeral
cemetery  Special people to lead it  Special things said  What happens next Military

21 Guns

21 Guns Folding the Flag 1.Calendar or Seasonal Rituals  The Christian Year: focused around events

Folding the Flag

21 Guns Folding the Flag 1.Calendar or Seasonal Rituals  The Christian Year: focused around events

1.Calendar or Seasonal Rituals

The Christian Year: focused around events in life of Jesus

21 Guns Folding the Flag 1.Calendar or Seasonal Rituals  The Christian Year: focused around events
Year begins with Advent Preparation for birth of Jesus (Nativity/Christmas)  4 weeks before Christmas

Year begins with Advent

Preparation for birth of Jesus (Nativity/Christmas)

4 weeks before Christmas

Readings from certain parts of New Testament (John the Baptists)

Advent candles: light 3 purple ones; then a white one

Empty manger

light 3 purple ones; then a white one  Empty manger Christmas  Midnight services 
light 3 purple ones; then a white one  Empty manger Christmas  Midnight services 

Christmas

Midnight services

Nativity scenes: baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, sheep, angels, THE STAR, wise men, gold/incense/mhyrr

Lent

sheep, angels, THE STAR, wise men, gold/incense/mhyrr Lent  Getting ready for Easter  Ash Wednesday

Getting ready for Easter

Ash Wednesday

“Giving something up”

Penance

fasting

Lent  Getting ready for Easter  Ash Wednesday  “Giving something up”  Penance 
Palm Sunday  Reading of the Passion  Distribution  of Palms Good Friday  

Palm Sunday

Reading of the Passion

Distribution

of Palms

 Reading of the Passion  Distribution  of Palms Good Friday    Reading of

Good Friday

 
Good Friday  

Reading of the Passion

 
 
 

Adoramus te, christe, et benedicimus tibi, quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, for by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

crucem tuam redemisti mundum. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, for by thy
tuam redemisti mundum. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, for by thy cross

In Equador and the Phillipines

In Equador and the Phillipines They ACT it out Easter  Everything in white  Spring
In Equador and the Phillipines They ACT it out Easter  Everything in white  Spring

They ACT it out

In Equador and the Phillipines They ACT it out Easter  Everything in white  Spring

Easter

Everything in white

Spring images: butterfly

In Equador and the Phillipines They ACT it out Easter  Everything in white  Spring

But the Most dramatic Christian Ritual is

The ritual recreation of the Lord’s Supper

the Most dramatic Christian Ritual is The ritual recreation of the Lord’s Supper For Christians: The

For Christians: The Lord’s Supper

the Most dramatic Christian Ritual is The ritual recreation of the Lord’s Supper For Christians: The