Ceremonies of Heart

Rev. Mary Joy Leaper | Celebrant and Wedding Officiant

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

~ Helen Keller

Ceremonies Through the Life-Cycle

Whether large or small, happy or sad, all sorts of occasions are worth celebrating. Ceremonies give you an opportunity to pause and reflect in the midst of a busy life. They provide precious space to look around and really see. Ceremonies allow you to discover the heart meaning — emotional and spiritual — of events and of the moments you will never have again. They can bring families and communities closer together.

Among the many life-cycle ceremonies that I can create for you are:

  • Baby naming (baptism)
  • Adoption celebration
  • New home warming
  • Old home farewell
  • Moving into an assisted living facility
  • Milestone birthdays
  • New business or partnership
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Community ceremonies
  • Anniversaries
  • Family reunions
  • Pet ceremonies
  • Coming-of-age
  • Graduation
  • Croning
  • Change of season
  • And others. . .

As with other types of ceremonies I write and perform, when you call me we will begin with a complimentary meeting, where we can play with ideas and make sure that we will work well together. We then will have additional meetings or phone calls and e-mails to craft the ceremony. I will guide you at every step as together we discover the appropriate words and rituals to mark your special event.

Life-cycle ceremonies can be completely secular, or they can include spiritual or faith-based elements. Perhaps we will import some flavors from other cultures. You have the final say on everything in the script.

Once you approve, I will be there to officiate your celebration. These can be warm, enriching moments filled with love and meaning. They may be the beginning of a beloved tradition. What would you like to celebrate? Please contact me at Ceremonies of Heart for ideas.


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