The Initiation

This service is to be an intimate affair between a child and their parent/guardian. Create a sensory experience and memory by lighting a single large candle to stand between the parent(s) and child. Use appropriate methods to recreate the smells of Christmastide. Play holy hymns or meditative Christmas music softly. Dim the room that focus may be kept on the candles light, and the parents who begin by saying:

The mission of the Order of Saint Nicholas is to work hard to inspire joy and generosity in the spirit of Christmas. We look up to Nicholas and follow his example to do good works, to live honorable lives, and to be examples of kindness and happiness to others.

If you wish to enter the Order of St. Nicholas, state your full name: (Name)

Do you promise to be Obedient to the rules of the order, that you will inspire joy and generosity in the true spirit of Christmas? I do

Do you promise to be Generous with your time, talent, and wealth by giving them to others freely? I do

Do you promise to be Loyal to the Order of St. Nicholas, keeping it secret from any who is not ready to hear of its mission, yet welcoming any who seeks entry? I do

Do not be thoughtless. You have been chosen to be a light shining in the long night of Winter. You have been chosen to reclaim the spirit of Nicholas from the spirit of Greed, and to be an example to any who wish to live a life full of generosity and service.

The parent lays hands on the child’s head and says:

You, my child, are blessed. May you serve in the spirit of Nicholas with Obediance, Generosity, and Loyalty, so that you may experience the joy that comes when you serve others. Use your time, and your skills, and your wealth to grow Joy and inspire Generosity in all you meet.

I welcome you to the Order of St Nicholas. Inspire joy and generosity everywhere you go, to the end of your days.

Mark the end of this experience with a gift given to the newest member of the Order of Saint Nicholas.

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