The transition from childhood to adulthood — the “coming of age” of boys who become young men and girls who become young women — is a significant stepping stone in everyone’s life. But the age at which this happens, and how a child celebrates their rite of passage into adolescence, depends entirely on where they live and what culture they grow up in.
Looking back, my hope is that the youth of St. George’s will remember their Rite 13 Liturgy, where we publicly acknowledge that our new 13-year-olds are no longer children but are beginning the journey to adulthood. Embarrassing or amazing, they are pivotal moments in our lives that deserve remembering.
Thanks to their teachers who have helped prepare them for this celebration: Meghan Unland, Elvin Rivera, and Josue Orellano.
On that note, check out this link to thirteen of the world’s most diverse coming of age traditions, with thanks to Pamela Asamoah for the link.
–the Rev. Gay M. Rahn, Associate Rector