Pledge Ritual

Pledge Ritual 1

Pledge Ritual 1//Knocking sound. Who seeks admittance into Beta Sigma Phi?//_________________ seeks admittance into Beta Sigma Phi, a friend we have invited to join us.//Let her enter.//The Ritual table is set with a white cloth and six black candles on either side of a vase of yellow roses.//___________, do you seek admittance into Beta Sigma Phi? If so, answer, "I do." //***Type your answer here***

Pledge Ritual 2

Pledge Ritual 2//My friend, we are here to explain to you those things which will enable you to truly become a part of the sisterhood of Beta Sigma Phi.//Long ago, in the golden days of Greece, a woman named Diotima was known as the wise woman of Mantinea. She was said to be the teacher of Socrates. It was she who taught the great philosopher the meaning and importance of love. She can serve as our guide also. Through her touch we feel the spirit of immortal womanhood which runs unbroken through all time.//A story is told of a young woman starting her search for wisdom. She felt that she was wandering alone in the dark, but found that she was not alone. Diotima was with her, guiding her and teaching her. This is her story.

Pledge Ritual 3

Pledge Ritual 3//"Why are those we meet not also following the torch and seeking the light, instead of wandering about in different ways."//"Because they cannot see the light. They do not have the torch such as I now give to you, because you have been found worthy. And so, Diotima handed to her the torch, just as I now hand it on to you.//***Imagine I hand you a lighted candle.//Follow the light of learning, it will guide you well. Though your heart may become faint and your footsteps may falter, keep moving forward. Patience overcomes all things, but emotions can mislead us. Their ways are clouded by sensation. Know that you have the right to be useful. To be a Beta Sigma Phi is to be worthy to follow the light of the torch. You must bear within you the spirit of immortal womanhood of which the torch is a symbol. You shall be kind, helpful, and friendly to your fellow beings. You shall be steadfast and faithful in the pursuit of the high ideal. You shall give the best that is in you to your work, to your life, and to your world. To be a Beta Sigma Phi is to renounce selfishness and to assume a queenly quest.

Pledge Ritual 4

Pledge Ritual 4//Follow the light of learning, it will guide you well. Though your heart may become faint and your footsteps may falter, keep moving forward. Patience overcomes all things, but emotions can mislead us. Their ways are clouded by sensation. Know that you have the right to be useful. To be a Beta Sigma Phi is to be worthy to follow the light of the torch. You must bear within you the spirit of immortal womanhood of which the torch is a symbol. You shall be kind, helpful, and friendly to your fellow beings. You shall be steadfast and faithful in the pursuit of the high ideal. You shall give the best that is in you to your work, to your life, and to your world. To be a Beta Sigma Phi is to renounce selfishness and to assume a queenly quest.// The fellowship of Beta Sigma Phi and the first great lesson of its sisterhood is love. It is love which springs between women united by the same great ideals. During the weeks ahead, there shall be lighted from this torch six others, six great perfections of your inner self, six ways of love. Our love shall be not only for living creatures, but that all embracing love for souls we never saw. Their messages have come down to us in works of art, music, and architecture. In sculpture, books, pictures, and dance we meet them. All the avenues of beauty and glory to which we may open our hearts and our minds in gratitude and growth. That love shall embrace ideas as well as persons. It shall grace both the heart and the mind through constructive action and service.//That love shall make us slow to expose a fault and eager to find and to believe the good and true. It shall cause us to share in whatever of good or sorrow may come to any one of us.//That love imparts to the body and to the spirit the full beauty and perfection of which they are capable.

Pledge Ritual 5

Pledge Ritual 5//It shall be that love which enables us not only to dream of noble things, but to achieve noble things. And it crowns a woman in her queenly quest, enriching most who gives most.//The purpose of fellowship shall be to advance each one of us in the understanding of the good and of the true and the beautiful, through appreciation of the arts, and to enable each one of us to make of her own life, both in thought and conduct, a work of art, a masterpiece of beauty.//Are you willing to carry this torch? If so, answer, "I am".//**Type your answer here**

Pledge Ritual 6

Pledge Ritual 6//Then repeat after me these words. "I solemnly promise to uphold the honor and the aims of Beta Sigma Phi as I know them."//**Type your answer here**

Pledge Ritual 7

Pledge Ritual 7//Pick up your pin.//I now inform you of the significance of this pin. The great Phi is the golden circle of friendship. We are bound in a union of unbroken strength.//Beta signifies life, the gleam of time between two eternities. The shaping of our own lives is our own work. It is a thing of beauty or a thing of shame as we ourselves make it.//The Sigma signifies learning. It is wealth to the poor, honor to the rich, aid to the young, support and comfort to the aged. Learning, if rightly applied, makes a woman cheerful and useful, it is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and an entertainment at all times. It cheers in solitude and five moderation and wisdom.//The Beta and Sigma rest on a background of black, signifying the death of selfishness, for in loyal and loving service to others, selfishness is forgotten. The flaming torch is the light of learning, a guide, meaning that you are guided by the light of learning and you are yourself a guide to others. She who seeks more light will always find it and she is one of the few happy mortals in every point of time

Pledge Ritual 8

Pledge Ritual 8//The yellow rose is the flower of this organization, signifying in its purity and freshness the wholesomeness of our undertaking,

Pledge Ritual 9

Pledge Ritual 9//The torch is repeated in the great crest. Here too, is an ancient lamp of knowledge and a book signifying the intellectual and literary attributes of our organization. The Latin motto, Vita, Scientia, Amicitia, repeats the purpose of the organization, life, learning and friendship. Wherever you see this pin or this crest, the wearer is a sister. The test for membership is one member whispering the words Beta Sigma Phi. If the wearer is a sister, the answer will be, "I am your sister." The handclasp shall follow.//**Standard handshake with little fingers interlocked**

Pledge Ritual 10

Pledge Ritual 10//This pin, the emblem of our sisterhood, is placed upon you now. Let no shame nor taint of any kind, come upon it. Treasure it and wear it with constancy.//I now pronounce you a pledge of Online Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.//DO NOT FORGET YOUR PROMISE.//Congratulations!! Welcome to Beta Sigma Phi and Online Beta. You may now put on your Pledge pin.//**Pin is worn on left and slightly below the collarbone. We were taught to put our right thumb at the base of our throat and form a right angle with the end of the little finger pointing to where to put our pin

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