Meet Rev. Tija
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! What an exciting time in your lives. I would love to be a part of it. My name is Rev. Tija Hilton-Phillips and I am an ordained, seminary trained interfaith minister. I graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary (OSIS) in NYC. I had been writing and creating ceremonies for family and friends for years, but started to do it professionally, in 2014. In addition to the ministry and officiating at weddings and other types of services, I am the mother of two amazing young adults; I have been married for 27 years and I am an attorney and a ballet instructor. I also serve as Treasurer for the Lancaster Metaphysical Chapel and I am both a liturgist and homilist there.
Each ceremony is created with the particular couple in mind and based upon your desires, wishes and unique personalities. It is not my special day, but yours. The ceremony should reflect your ideal of the perfect special ceremony. My desire is to make each ceremony unique and memorable.
I have officiated at very intimate gatherings with just a few family and friends as well as at very large and elaborate celebrations. I have performed ceremonies in lush gardens, parks, barns VFWs, township buildings, chapels, churches, backyards and in art galleries. Ceremonies have occurred in the early afternoon, at dusk, in the blazing sun and during torrential rains. No matter the weather, the time or the venue, they have all been absolutely amazing and wonderful! It would be my honor to add your memorable day to my collection of wonderful memories.
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
*Order subject to change
The vows spoken during the ceremony create a sacred agreement between the two of you. Some couples choose to write their own while others select from a variety of options provided by the officiant. It is important that the vows speak to your heart.
Some couples choose to exchange rings while others may choose bracelets, necklaces or nothing at all. There is no wrong choice. The wedding ring, however, is most frequently chosen because the circle is a symbol of eternity without a beginning or an end and no sign of weakness. The wish is that the union will be eternal and everlasting as well.
Some couples choose very traditional ceremonies based upon elements of their faith or faiths. Others choose non-religious ceremonies. I am an interfaith minister because I honor all faiths and I find beauty and truth in all paths.