Wednesday, October 30, 2019

St. Martin in-the Fields Rite 13 Service

St Martin in-the-Fields, Brookhaven

October 20, 2019


What is Rite 13?

RITE 13, begun as an Episcopal version of the Jewish bar and bat mitzvah ceremony, originated in Durham, N.C., in the mid-1980's at St. Philip's Church. ... ''Rite 13 is a terrific program because when young people have been through Rite 13, they are really ready to confirm their baptismal vows.


''Most 13-year-olds aren't ready to make that kind of commitment'' to religion, she said. ''Rite 13 is a terrific program because when young people have been through Rite 13, they are really ready to confirm their baptismal vows. They know what they are doing.''
Rev. Stephen Holton 

Another reason for the need for Rite 13 is that the spiritual road traveled in adolescence tends to be tumultuous, many worried parents and ministers say, and often teenagers drift away from the church.

More information about Rite 13 below:

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At the Rite 13 service, conducted sometimes for one child and sometimes for a group, the child reads aloud from Psalm 139, answers questions from the minister and receives a blessing with his or her parents standing behind, much like a Jewish child in a bar or bat mitzvah service. 

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Rite 13 Service 
October 20, 2019 10:30am

Photos



Rite 13 Ceremony Video


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The Rector's Sermon:
The Rev. Monica Mainwaring

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St. Martin's Choir Offertory Anthem

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More About Rite 13

From LeaderResources:
Rite-13: The first two years of the program (Grades 6-7 or 7-8) are called Rite-13, a name that comes from a liturgical rite of passage we celebrate with the young people around their 13th birthday. This rite is loosely based on the bar/bat mitzvah tradition and is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of their young men and women. The Rite-13 program assists young people as they begin to take the first steps of independence from their families into their own lives. During these two years, the community acknowledges the gift of gender, celebrates the amazing creative power and potential of these young people, and creates a safe haven in which to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities.