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Girls -- this is the speech that I'm hoping to give for my mother. I'm just not sure how I'll be able to pull it off without tears. She deserves every word of praise and more. It comes from my prayer book Illuminata

Ceremony of the Elder:

We gather on this day to celebrate an important passage in the life of ***. She is to us all a beloved child of God. She is sister to the world.

The years of her life on earth have brought her to this sacred moment, where she takes upon hereself, through the grace of God, the mantle of the Elder. From this day forward she celebrates and carries forth the purpose of the wise ones, who oversee our human progress, who nurture and sustain us. She shall be grandmother to all children, handmaiden to God and Goddess, revered for her insights and honored for her knowledge.

To you ***, having lived these years, having seen what you have seen and cried the tears of troubled times, we now acknowledge that you have climbed the ladder of the elder ones. May God reveal to you a sacred sensibility. We are blessed by your presence. We are grateful to know you.

Now I ask for those assembled here to join with me in prayers for this woman:

Dear God,
We thank you for the years gone by, and we thank you for the years ahead.
This woman has lived
She has seen the circles of life and death
She has rejoiced at morning and mourned its passing
Thus she has now gained sacred knowledge
The power to heal through the depth of her compassion;
The power to teach through the depth of her understanding
The power to bring forth a new and better world through the depth of her vision.
May all now see in her, and may she see within herself, the elder, the wise one, the one who holds the candle of illumination for all the world to see.
May she be honored and revered
May her heart be as a womb to new life
May her children's children see the power of the ages as it is written in her eyes.
She has arrived
She has come so far
May she now know peace
She has worked so hard
May she now find rest
And may a cycle now begin for her, more powerful than any other, most glorious of all.
For she is now the fullness of human, of woman, of Gods servant and child
Bless her always
May she shine
Amen

**** -
you are to be honored and respected for what you have done and who you are. You are an Elder among us, a wise one who has seen what we have not seen. Teach us, that we might all be more.
We deeply thank you. We wish you well. Go in peace and go in joy.
I bless you all
Amen

****so what do you thinK????
 

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Its wonderful. I think you'll have the entire group in tears!

Have a terrific party!
 

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She's going to feel so loved.:smheart:
 
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