LOST Appreciation Week Day 6: Favorite scene(s): Inaugurating a new protector.
Top: Mother hands Jacob a silver cup (something like a kiddush cup) of wine, and performs the most elaborate of the transfer-the-protectorate rituals.
Middle: Jacob uses Jack’s cup, uses water, and the ritual is less elaborate.
Bottom: Jack gives the water to Hugo in Ben’s battered old Oceanic bottle, and the ritual has been pared down to the bare bones.
A sacrament is an outward, visible sign of the imparting of an inward spiritual grace, using a minimum of the proper form, i.e. ritual, and matter, i.e. the physical material involved. The intention to both receive and impart the sacrament must be present as well.
In Christian baptism, for instance, the form is, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son,and the Holy Spirit.” The matter is the water, that must be poured on the body, and the intention is to baptize as the Church desires.
Even though the ritual surrounding giving over the protectorship varies in all three situations, the matter (a liquid) is consumed, and the words are spoken, “Now you’re like me.” The intention is to convey, and receive, the power of the protectorship.
The key here is that the ritual changes, but the essence remains.