In one sense, the Ritual of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has the same purposes of rituals found in everyday life, from religious ceremonies — marriage, baptism, weekly worship — to modern rites of passage like graduation. These rituals, while containing a deep and often extremely moving message, exist to define the traditions of an organization.

When paired with ceremonies and words unique to a particular nation, religion, school, or club, these traditions provide a standard formula for the organization’s activities and teachings. When taken together, the two forge a common bond among the organization’s members. Every member participates in the same ceremony, hears the same words, and lives the same experience. If successful, this common experience gives the organization continuity and structure, and fosters pride among its members.