Rite

A rite is an established, ceremonious, 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, baptism, or graduation.
  • rites of worship, where a community comes together to worship, such as Jewish synagogue or Mass
  • rites of personal devotion, where an individual worships, including prayer and pilgrimages such as the Muslim Hajj.

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    A woman can get marries and her life does change. And a man can get married and his life changes. But nothing changes life as dramatically as having a child. . . . In this country, it is a particular experience, a rite of passage, if you will, that is unsupported for the most part, and rather ignored. Somebody will send you a couple of presents for the baby, but people do not acknowledge the massive experience to the parents involved.
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    Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration. A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.
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    No doubt they rose up early to observe
    The rite of May.
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