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THE COLLARING CEREMONY
Stephen removes catherine's collar. He hands the collar to Master Sam who passes it quickly through the flames of a small burner and returns it to Sir Stephen, who places it again on catherine's neck. As he fastens it securely, he makes a declaration to her that he will protect and guide her for all of eternity:
WHILE THE ABOVE ACTIONS
IT IS EXPLAINED BY REV LESLIE:
In older times, the collar would have been heated to a glow and plunged into cold water to temper it after it was burned of all impurities. This action symbolized the removing of all impurities from the circle of ownership provided by the Dominant. All outside influences are burned away in the heat of his desire to protect and defend his submissive. The tempering of the metal that takes place when plunged into cold water shows the strengthening of their commitment by submersion into the waters of life. Today we only symbolize this by passing the collar quickly though the flame, taking care not to damage it.
CATHERINE: "I offer to you all that i am and ever will be for you to hold and protect. Ever will i serve you in all things and in all ways."
STEPHEN: "Do you accept this collar as proof of your vow to me…and the symbol of my love, guidance and protection of you?"
CATHERINE: "I accept your collar." The collar is replaced on catherine's neck.