Son's "Rite of Passage" into Manhood
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“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers….” (Malachi 4:6)
Gift for sons ages 10-17. Most young men have never heard from their father, “I love you and I am proud of you!” The Band of Brothers’ Young Warrior Pendant, a Sterling Silver (.925) sword-shaped celtic cross (comes with a stainless steel Dog-Tag neck chain), is a gift to your son to express your everlasting love for your son, your belief in your son, and your pride in your son.
Just as God spoke words of identity and pride in his Son before Jesus embarked on his 3-year journey to the cross, every son needs to hear his father’s words of identity, blessing, love, and challenge as part of his “Rite of Passage” into manhood (read more below about this ceremony). This Young Warrior Pendant is a great way to memorialize the commissioning of your son into manhood.
"He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers….” (Malachi 4:6)
God said to Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17)The Son's Warrior Pendant comes with a card that includes a Son's Blessing and the Symbolism of the pendant. Click here to read more.
Rite of Passage Ceremony for your Son
Ceremony should be one of the crown jewels for helping a boy become a man. In many cultures throughout history, a teenage boy is taken through some type of ritual to mark his official passage into manhood. I believe one of the great tragedies of Western culture today is the absence of this type of ceremony. I cannot even begin to describe the impact on a son’s soul when a key manhood moment in his life is forever enshrined and memorialized by a ceremony with other men.” (R. Lewis, Raising a Modern-Day Knight, p. 99)
Using a ceremony to memorialize an important milestone in our lives is a key part of American culture. We use a ceremony to honor birthdays, high school/college graduation, marriage, anniversaries, etc. In the Jewish tradition, the family recognizes a boy who turns 13 with a barmitzvah ceremony – the Jewish version of a “rite of passage.” But isn’t it odd that we rarely hear about a ceremony to honor a young man’s passage into manhood in the Christian tradition? This honor should be bestowed to a son by his father (or father figure) and celebrated in front of others. Before Jesus began His 3-year journey to the cross, He was honored by His Father in front of others during a baptismal ceremony. “And a voice from heaven said, This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him.” (Matt. 3:17)
Every boy needs to hear such words from his father. Before a boy becomes a man and embarks on his God-given journey as a man, it is important for him to hear from his father, “I am proud of you! I believe in you! And I love you!” These may be the most powerful, inspirational, and meaningful words he hears in his lifetime. And it is important to memorialize this event with a symbol so that it is never forgotten! That is the purpose of the Band of Brothers’ Young Warrior Pendant and the Card that goes with it.
Although a “rite of passage” ceremony has been a common ritual in other cultures, it is rarely witnessed in Western culture. Why not? It has rarely been modeled to us. Few men have been honored in such a way by their fathers. It is time to change that!
Just as God spoke words of blessing, identity, and love to Jesus in front of others, we recommend having a time when the father invites his friends/brothers to an event where such words are spoken to his son in front of others. The pendant then memorializes the event. By inviting others, the boy sees that his father is proud to initiate and commission him into his circle of manhood – into his Band of Brothers. This “event” does not have to be elaborate. It could be done at a cookout, a camping trip, etc. But it is important that this “rite of passage” ceremony/event is organized for this one purpose and is not diluted.
If a boy is called out by his dad and invited and commissioned into manhood, it will have a significant impact in his life! It will help him have the courage and confidence to face the battles ahead.