& Other Rite of Passage Ceremonies
The Pneuma Center can provide
officiating services for:
• Naming Ceremonies
Many rite-of-passage events that are now celebrated in a religious setting can
be traced to ancient traditions long before "The Church" was on the scene.
Quinceanera (or quinceañera), for example, can be traced to Native American
cultures in Central and Latin America long before the arrival of the Spanish
Conquistadors and their religion. Fortunately, this and other beautiful
rite-of-passage celebrations have evolved to embrace the values of a new
generation . . . transcending cultures, nationalities, and religious heritages.
Recognizing that there are those
who would like to celebrate certain "rites of passage" in life without having to
make pledges to or accept the creeds of a particular religious order, the Pneuma
Center is proud to offer officiating services to allow the symbolic meaning of
these traditions to be maintained and observed. In any case, the ceremony will
be customized to focus on the honoree or honorees by celebrating the past, the
significance of the moment, and the promise of the future.
Here are some of the
celebrations and events in which the Pneuma Center can provide officiating
Quinceaneras or XV Ceremonies. A customized celebration of a
young woman reaching her 15th year . . . a turning point from childhood into
womanhood. The Quince Ceremony can be conducted in the privacy of a home or at a
larger public venue. The ceremony can be customized to include readings,
pledges, and gifts . . . perhaps blending traditional and contemporary elements
to broaden the appeal across generations, cultures, and religious heritages. No
religious instruction or catechism is required.
Graduations. Private, intimate ceremonies
honoring graduates, perhaps in the company of family and close friends or
jointly with another graduate who is a life-long friend or relative . . . for
example, a mother who graduates from college the same year her daughter
graduates from high school. The ceremony might include a tribute, a reading, the
presentation of a plaque or certificate, words of encouragement, and a blessing
for the future.
Anniversaries. Ceremonies honoring couples whose
relationship has stood the test of time. The ceremony can be customized but it
may include a look back in time (world events and humorous cultural changes
since the wedding), a celebration of this milestone, a tribute by a lifelong
friend, and a reflection on lessons learned (for the benefit of future
generations). It may also include a poem or reading from a sacred text, the
presentation of a plaque or certificate, and a blessing for the future.
Naming Ceremonies. Ceremonies to celebrate the
arrival of a child into a family . . . whether by natural birth or adoption. Is
also referred to as a Consecration Ceremony, in light of the fact that
consecration means "to join together in something sacred." The ceremony is
conducted in the presence
of family and friends who are invited to join the celebration and pledge their
love and lifelong support for the child. It is often performed within the home
where the child will receive the love and nurturing she or he needs throughout
the critical formative years. For additional information, click
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"Ceremonies with class for virtuoso tastes" is a
trademark of Pneuma Center.
Phone: (972) 985-1731