Ceremony of the Elder: A Rite of Midlife
Now I ask those assembled here to join with me in prayers for this woman:
We thank you for the years gone by, and we
She has seen the cycles of life and death.
She has rejoiced at morning and mourned its
The power to heal through the depth of her
holds the candle of illumination for all the
world to see.
May her heart be as a womb to new life.
May her children's children see the power of the
May she be blessed.
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
May she shine.
I would like to ask you all now to join with me in two minutes of silent prayer, in thanksgiving and in blessing on this woman.
(They do so.)