In Memory of Those Who Have Ascended
True Parents have often emphasized the importance of celebrating life’s three most important moments: birth, marriage, and ascension.
As we conclude the year of 2016, let us remember, honor, and celebrate the beloved brothers and sisters who have ascended to the Spirit World in 2016.
“The word ‘death’ is sacred. It is not a synonym for “sadness and suffering.” True Parents have created the term Seunghwa [ascension] to explain the true significance of death. The moment we enter the spirit world should be a time that we enter a world of joy and victory with the fruits born of our lives on earth. It is a time for those of us remaining on earth to send off the departed with joy. It should be a time for great celebration. We should be shedding tears of joy instead of tears of sadness. That is the way of the sacred and noble Seunghwa Ceremony, the first step the spirit of the departed takes toward enjoying eternal life in attendance of God, within His embrace.”
Cosmic Assembly at Cheon Jeong Gung
July 8, 2010