Liberation and Blessing of Ancestors

Ceremony for the Liberation and Blessing of 210 Generations of Ancestors

"In it he went and preached to the spirits in prison, after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water."
1 Peter 3:19-20

"Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards."
1 Peter 4:6

"God's love is to love not only all the things of creation and all humankind but all the people of the past, present, and future. Therefore, God is working to liberate even the spirits of people who have passed into hell."

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
July 1, 1984
Cheon Seong Gyeong, p. 1,064

"Now, as we enter the new millenium, you should make the spirits of your ancestors young through ancestors' liberation ceremony and use them to witness to members of your tribes, searching for them in the spiritual and physical worlds."

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
True God's Day
January 1, 1999, Punta Del Este, Uruguay


The most recent ceremony was held on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Unification Sanctuary, in Newfoundland, PA and was broadcast worldwide via internet for families from all over the world participating in the Ancestor Liberation and Blessing event.

In accordance with instructions given by True Father to initiate the process of bringing salvation to departed souls, this event is held twice each year.

Click here to download a form for requesting Liberation and Blessing of Ancestors. Please scan this filled form and email to sanctuarychurch@sanctuary-pa.org or send in by mail.

Guidance About Ancestor Liberation at Unification Sanctuary


Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has conducted ceremonies for the liberation of 210 generations of ancestors for any individuals requesting that. Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has explained that all liberations conducted while True Father (Rev. Sun Myung Moon) was alive are considered valid and that those conducted after his father's passing were invalid.


Any second generation or first generation individuals that have partaken of the desecrated holy wine of FFWPU after September 3, 2012 need to receive holy wine under True Father's authority to liberate ancestors.


Brothers and sisters who did receive the Foundation Day holy wine (desecrated holy wine) on February 22, 2013 or did participate in a FFWPU blessing after True Father's ascension (September 3, 2012) do need to receive the Unification Sanctuary Holy Wine/Blessing to return to True Father's authority, before having their ancestors liberated in a ceremony by Hyung Jin Nim. This can be done by ordering a Blessing Kit, which includes Unification Sanctuary Holy Wine.


If a first generation or second generation individual did not receive the Foundation Day holy wine (desecrated holy wine) or did not participate in a FFWPU blessing after True Father's passing (September 3, 2012), they do not need to first receive the Unification Sanctuary Blessing/Holy Wine in order to participate in liberation and blessing of their ancestors.


The first ceremony for Liberation and Blessing of Ancestors was held on December 6, 2015 at the Unification Sanctuary, Newfoundland, PA. This was the first official Liberation and Blessing of ancestors conducted after True Father ascended in 2012. More than one thousand families from Korea, Japan, the United States, Philippines, Thailand, Russia, as well as other countries in Europe, Africa, Central and Latin America, Central and South Asia participated in the event including those present and those who submitted their ancestor liberation requests who were watching through the live Internet broadcast.


The second ceremony was held on April 10, 2016 at the Unification Sanctuary, Newfoundland, PA.


See the ceremony from April 10, 2016 and December 6, 2015 below or on Vimeo by clicking here for a new window for April 10, 2016 event or by clicking here for a new window for December 6, 2015 event.



To see the sermon from September 13, 2015 during which Hyung Jin Moon explains about ancestor liberation click here (a new window will open from Vimeo).