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Pearls Wishing Ceremony

A meaningful ceremony to honor or recognize a person or event; to think about victims of a tragedy ordisaster; or to send special thoughts to someone goingthrough a difficult time.

Materials needed: 3 candles, a pearl-like bead foreach participant, a container to represent a "wishingwell"

The group stands in a horse shoe.  The wishing welland candles are placed on a table and located at thehead of the horseshoe. The center candle is lit.

"We gather here today to honor/think about____________ and to send special wishes his/her/theirway. The light of the candle represents our love andthe light of the flame chases away the darkness."

"Each of us will now receive a pearl. Pearls are knowto symbolize a pure heart and mind; innocence, faith. The pearl is known as a "stone of sincerity", bringingtruth and loyalty to a cause."

When everyone has a pearl:  "Now as we hold our pearlsin our hands, let us have a moment of silence to keep________ in our thoughts and prayers."

"We will now make our own special wishes for _________and place our pearls in the wishing well."

Each participant steps forward, one at a time, placingher pearl into the well.  When everyone has done this,the outer 2 candles are lit.

"We will now light the candles of faith and hope.  Wesend our special wishes on the tails of the flames tobe carried away with our love."

Sing a special song to end the ceremony.


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