More stuff from years past, although this one is more recent than I thought it was. In 2009, someone asked on the Merry Rose mailing list for a structure for an initiation for new household members. I replied at length, first with a general format and then with a specific example.
I. Welcome and Invocation
The leader welcomes the initiate(s) and attendees and states the purpose of the gathering.
II. The Initiate Is Informed
The initiate(s) are called forward. The leader (or an assistant) describes the ethos and goals of the household and the duties, responsibilities and privileges of its members. A brief history of the household may be included.
III. A Pact Is Made
The leader asks the initiates if they understand their responsibilities, and the initiates reply with some version of "I do." The leader asks if the initiates if they wish to join the household, and again they reply something like "I do." Depending on the structure of the household, the attending members may be asked if they agree to accept the initiates and guard and train them, or the household's leader (may or may not be the ceremonial leader) may make the decision unilaterally.
IV. Tokens Are Given and Received
Some items symbolic of the household or of the pact are given to the initiates, and their symbolism explained to the attendees.
V. New Members Are Welcomed
The leader presents the initiates to the attendees as new members of the household. There is cheering, hugging, ceremonial buffeting, whatever works for you. If possible, a shared meal or refreshment should be offered.
For an imaginary household named Glad-Wood
Hall. It's main focus is A&S (early period and Anglo-Saxon in
particular) although some members fight, and it's starting to become
active in service. Several founding
members have small children, and keeping things kid-friendly is a
priority. Glad-Wood Hall is run by its founding Lord and Lady, and the
household's scop will serve as the ceremonial leader.
Hwaet! Hear me, hearken my words
Welcome all comers to wide Glad-Wood Hall
Travelers come from Kingdom Atlantia
Seeking our fire solace of hall
Aethelstan and Godwin, come before the high seat of Bertwald our ring-giver and Cynwise who bears the mead-horn.
(approach the lord and lady on their bench)
Brave Bertwald in bygone day
Raise our high hall happy were we
Cynwise loves music scops were well-fed
Glad-wood sang Wonderful sound
So our hall named for noise most merry
Know you, Aethelstan and Godwin, that Bertwald seeks peace in the land. No coward he, and warriors welcome to our hall, but he seeks not out strife and blood. Glad-Wood Hall he fills instead with learning and with art. Bright Cynwise passes the horn to scribe and to scholar as well as to soldier - all are honored here. Even the smallest, babes at the breast, be welcome when we set our tables.
Bertwald and Cynwise seek ever out new knowledge to ornament our hall. They seek also a willing spirit, to help our hall-mates according to need and to ability. Know that if you are in need, the men and women of Glad-Wood Hall will help you best they can, offer they knowledge or time or a strong back. If you seek knowledge, it will be shared; your knowledge, you will share freely. Do you understand our compact?
Lord Bertwald, Lady Cynwise, to you I present these far-travelers, seeking shelter in Glad-Wood Hall.
You, Aethelstan, I have heard you are a scribe and also a tailor. Is this so?
It is, your lordship.
I have need of a scribe and a tailor in my hall. Will you join your gifts to my household?
Gladly, my lord.
Then take from my hand this ring of bright gold, and also this quill, so that you may do good work for us.
You, Godwin: it is said that you are a gleeman of note, a singer of fine songs. Is this so?
It is, your ladyship.
Music is always welcome in Glad-Wood Hall. Will you join your gifts to my household?
Gladly, my lady.
Then take from my hand this silver penny, and also this cup, that your throat shall never be dry.
Now drink you both from my mead-horn, and be welcome in our hall.
Behold! Our guests brothers become
Gleeman and scribe great their gifts
Welcome them warmly well-wishes bestow
Then sit for feast food shared as family