I found a question regarding the Wedding option in the spell ceremony - What qualifies a creature as being "widowed" for the purposes of Ceremony? - but saw none about the other options.

The description of the ceremony spell (XGtE, p. 151) says, next to the Coming of Age and Dedication:

For the next 24 hours, [something occurs]. A creature can benefit from this rite only once.

That's a bit ambiguous. Does that mean the creature can only benefit from the rite once within the 24 hours to avoid stacking the benefits, or is that once ever?


Once ever.

Once. Not once per day, or once per casting, but simply "once". The meaning of "once" in the English language is clear, and means you can't benefit from it a second time.

If a spell or something can only be used once per day or once per long rest, it says so in the description. The spell ceremony is a rare case where you can only benefit from this spell once ever, because it represents a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Multiple castings of the same spell don't normally stack, so the spell wouldn't need to specify that you can't benefit from two castings at the same time.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Very much this. There are numerous other effects that clearly state "Once per 24 hours" or "Until the creature finishes a long rest" or other such qualifiers. In the absence of such a qualifier, 'once' rather clearly means exactly that. Which...kinda makes sense. You don't get to have multiple Coming of Age ceremonies or multiple "I have dedicated my entire life to this god" ceremonies. \$\endgroup\$ – guildsbounty Jul 11 '19 at 0:15

To be clear... The ceremony spell reads:

Coming of Age. You touch one humanoid who is a young adult.For the next 24 hours, whenever the target makes an ability check, it can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to the ability check. A creature can benefit from this rite only once.

So for one 24 hour period all ability checks can add a single d4. But you can't "come of age" again, ever. So, it isn't only one roll, but it is only one 24 hour period, and never again.

"Stacking" of the same spell is never a thing in 5e. If a spell is cast on you multiple overlapping times, the "most potent" is the one that is used while the durations overlap.

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