Significance of the Wonjeon Ceremonies

In the Unification faith, the Sunghwa ceremony has three basic phases: 

1) Ghihwan, meaning “returning to joy,” which is the farewell greeting that the immediate family, trinity members, and close friends share with the elevated spirit. 

2) Sunghwa, meaning “ascension and harmony” or “joyful ascension,” which is the service held for the elevated spirit by family and friends and is similar to a memorial service. 

3) Wonjeon, meaning “returning home to the palace,” which is the ceremony at the burial site

The National Wonjeon Shrine in Washington, DC, is a national monument for departed ones to be cherished and honored by relatives and descendants, and a permanent holy garden for family visits, prayer, meditation, and holy day celebrations.

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