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The Importance of Ceremony

Have you ever wondered why we put so much effort into celebrating the start of a marriage with a wedding ceremony? Or why celebrations of life, memorials and funerals feel so incredibly important to do – and to do right?  What about the feeling we have when we bring a new life into this world…. doesn’t it feel like there should be some sort of community event?

One of the most beautiful aspects of being human is how strongly we yearn to connect with the people we love. We quite naturally long for emotional richness and a sense of significance when it comes to the big experiences of life. For some people it’s a very conscious desire. For others it is something they can’t quite name or put their finger on. It’s such a shame that in our fast-paced society, many people no longer truly ‘get’ the profound opportunities ceremony offers! They either do nothing, or go through the motions with perfunctory (just get through it) ceremony.

We’ve evolved and grown in so many ways – as a culture and as individuals – but for some reason we play small when it comes to honouring life changes. 
Ceremony should be a Catalyst

We believe that a well-thought out and lovingly conducted ceremony takes you through a gateway. Metaphorically through the words and gestures of your ceremony, you move with greater intention from one phase of your life to the next. One way of being into another. For instance, a wedding ceremony is not merely saying, “I do.” A wedding ceremony should be a catalyst that allows two individuals to really ‘get’ that they now step forward into a life that is shared.

We want your ceremony to actually mean something. Not be just a pretty sparkly thing that is soon forgotten. Something, that you will remember forever. And so will your friends and family!

 

I promise you happiness  
For I am filled with happiness  when I am with you 
  
And it overflows into the rest of my life;  
Happiness is being with you 
  
And I want to be with you for the rest of my life. 

     I promise you protection  
For my love encompasses you in a force-field of safety 
 
And you need never be frightened again   
Because I would face any danger for you 
 
And I will protect you for the rest of my life.  

I promise you companionship  
The joy of being together as soulmates and friends 
 
…belonging - for world without end…  
So you’ll never be lonely again 
 
For I am with you for the rest of your life.  

. Liz Agius-Wiles 2005  


There is no one I love more than you.
There is no one I would rather be with.
When we are apart, I think of you.
When we are together, I am at peace.

 You are the light that fills my day.
You are the dreams that fill my night.
Without you there is only emptiness.
Without you my world is not complete.

Stay with me and be my love.
Stay with me until I die.
Should you depart before my time.
    Wait for me, until we meet again.
                                   
                       Stan Newman 2006