Unification News for January 2002
35th True God's Day
The 35th True God's Day Celebration was held at Chung Pyung Heaven and Earth Training Center, in Korea on January 1st, 2002. After True Parents offered the midnight prayer, Father spoke. Pledge ceremony was held at 7:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. the commemorative service featured Father's speech. At 3:00 p.m. afternoon entertainment was held. In his prayer at midnight, Father prayed as follows:
"As we start the second year of the third millennium, a time of new beginning has emerged in which to establish God's hope and the ideal of God's nation with the new motto of the year; The Complete Settlement of Cheon Il Guk of Freedom, Peace and Happiness, which is the ideal of the Parents of the Heaven and Earth, Mansei. (Cheon Il Guk is the short form of Cheonju Pyeonghwa Tongil Guk-the Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unity)
The Parents of Heaven and Earth, and the blessed families both on earth and in the spirit world all together proclaim the ideal of the Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unity, and the new age settling the Cheon Il Guk full of freedom, happiness and peace. We truly hope that this nation will develop into the world of good sovereign power in which people can cheer Man Mansei for the completion of Your eternal hope for billions of generations under Your protection. As all the blessed families from the spirit world and on earth gather here today in one heart and as one body of unity between parents and children, and start a new beginning of serving God, we want to pour all of our hearts and minds into establishing the tradition on the individual level, family level, national level, worldwide level and cosmic level, to establish the new tradition of the Cheon Il Guk for which You entrusted us to be responsible. We would like the way of filial piety and patriotism for God's nation to be the standard for the entire world so that this year could be the new year of the victorious heavenly world, the world of liberation, and the heavenly kingdom of freedom, peace, and happiness. We sincerely pray for all of these with all our hearts and ask Your permission for all our hopes to be realized."
After the midnight prayer, True Parents gave the motto for the year: "The Complete Settlement of Cheon Il Guk of Freedom, Peace and Happiness, which is the ideal of the Parents of the Heaven and Earth, Mansei."
In his speech, True Father said: "Mind and body, husband and wife, parents and children, and siblings should become one and settle with God at the center. Through the three generations of God, True Parents, and blessed families, the right of inheritance can be established. In order to receive this inheritance, all blessed families must stand in a position of absolute self-denial, offer the Total Living Offering, and fulfill their responsibility for the establishment of Cheon Il Guk which realizes the ideal of freedom, the ideal of peace and the ideal of happiness."
True Father instructed that the blessed families in each nation participate in a Holy Wine Ceremony at the opening of the era of Cheon Il Guk. This is the special love and grace that is being given to the blessed families who are entering the era of the Cheon Il Guk.
At seven o'clock in the morning of January 2nd, the nineteenth Day of the Victory of Love marking the 18th anniversary of the ascension of Heung Jin Nim, a memorial service was held. Notably, according to the direction of True Parents, from this year, Heung Jin Nim's memorial service will be held together with services for Hye Jin Nim (38th anniversary of her passing), Young Jin Nim (3rd anniversary of his passing), Hee Jin Nim (33rd anniversary of his passing), and Shin Yea Nim (1st anniversary of her passing).
During the memorial ceremony, IIFWP international president Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak read from Father's speech at the third such memorial service, held in 1986, then, in his commemorative address, explained the meaning of Heung Jin Nim's ascension and the example of the holy sacrifice of the True Children. All members of the Family Federation should determine to devote themselves, sacrifice themselves and fulfill their responsibility.
True Father stated that Heung Jin Nim was sacrificed for the protection of True Parents, the salvation of the nation and the establishment of the foundation of God's will. He emphasized that with the beginning of Cheon Il Guk, we are to fulfill our path as a filial son or daughter, loyal subject, saint and child of God. We must make the foundation to attend True Parents and create the global culture of Cheon Il Guk.
At the International Leaders' Meeting held On Jan. 3, the following points were emphasized: Completion of the family (tribal) messiah mission; Education and restoration of the tribe; giving the blessing; Completion of blessed families' 12 tribal branches; Each family create their own 3, 36, 72 (etc.) blessing groups; Fulfillment of responsibility of Ambassadors for Peace and national leadership; Accomplish the Blessing Ceremony; Strengthening of the education of Ambassadors for Peace; and blessing them.
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