Purity Ring Ceremony
A Purity Ceremony is commonly known as the time when a purity ring is
given and a vow of purity is taken. Most often when the vow of purity
is made God is acknowledged, if not included in the vow.
Purity ceremonies are also known as or referred to as a true love
waits ceremony or an abstinence ceremony.
The most important part of a purity ceremony is the commitment
and dedication of an individual to stay pure. The vow of purity needs
to be a personal and individual decision. Teenagers should not participate in these ceremonies simply to please their parents. Those who take part in a
purity ceremony need to be committed and dedicated to the vow they are
taking. Teenagers should not participate in these ceremonies simply to
please their parents.
Importance of Parents
Parents play a vital role in purity ceremonies. Teens need to have
their parents present at these ceremonies. They need their parents
support. The presentation of the purity ring (or item) by a parent,
shows the parents support of their child’s decision. Parents should also
make sure their child is ready to make the vow of
purity. Teens need to understand the importance of the vow they will be making.
Vows of purity are taken during a purity ceremony in a public or private
place. These vows are most often made or taken in early teenage years;
however, there are many people that take their vow of purity
when they are older. There are also many people (often in college or in
their twenties) that will retake or remake their vow of purity. It helps
them to re-commit to, remember, and renew their desire to stay pure.
There are many different types of purity ceremonies. Some are very
formal and elaborate, while others are very simple. There are no
requirements other than a decision and/or vow to stay pure until
Purity Balls are a very elegant and elaborate purity ceremony. It is
elaborate in that it is symbolic of a wedding. A purity ball is thrown
for daughters and their fathers. The daughters come dressed in beautiful
gowns and the fathers come dressed in tuxedos. It is an evening full of
dancing, cake, prayer and most importantly, the presenting of purity
rings (or other purity items, such as a necklace or bracelet), by the
fathers to their daughters. Fathers make a vow and promise to protect
their daughters and guard their virginity. As the fathers are making
these vows and promises, they present a purity ring (or other item) to
their daughters. These daughters are then under their fathers guard and
protection until they are married and replace their purity ring with a
wedding ring. The daughters promise their fathers that they will stay
There are many different purity programs at local churches in which
teenagers can enroll. These programs consist of several Bible study and
relationship classes, followed by a purity ceremony (kind of like a
graduation). At these purity ceremonies, the students make their vows of
virginity and purity publicly in front of a congregation. As they do
this, they are presented with a purity item, most often a ring. The item
is presented to them by their parents or an adult guardian.
Other Purity Ceremonies
Purity ceremonies do not need to be formal. They can take place between
just a parent and a child anywhere they feel comfortable. Sometimes purity ceremonies take place just between a
boyfriend and a girlfriend; promising one another that they will be pure
until marriage. Other times purity ceremonies will take place with a
few witnesses present and a certificate is signed and presented after or
during the ceremony. Purity ceremonies are simply for anyone who wants
to stay pure.