Unification News for February 1999
Blessing Ceremony Via Satellite in Montevideo, Uruguay
by Steven Boyd
Despite the 12-hour time difference, a warm and intimate Blessing Ceremony was held via satellite in Montevideo, Uruguay. The ceremony took place in the Conference Room on the 4th floor of the Victoria Plaza Hotel.
Because of the lateness of the hour, 1:30 a.m. local time and because of the heavy downpour of rain that continued up until the arrival of the guests, we really had no idea how many people would participate. To everyone's delight, our original estimate of 100 people was greatly exceeded by the 360 people who finally attended. Among those in attendance 36 couples took the holy wine just prior to the commencement of the satellite transmission from Korea.
Participants began to arrive at 11:30 p.m. of February 6, and were treated to a buffet style meal before the beginning of the program at 1:00 a.m. on February 7. Participants received welcoming remarks by Jesús González, Vice President of the FFWPU in Uruguay, who began by recognizing those couples who had been married for over 50 years, and who were now to receive True Parents' Blessing. In recognition of their marriages of many years, they were awarded with a gift of a pin with the symbol of the Family Federation.
Following the Holy Wine Ceremony and an explanation of the history, content and significance of the Blessing Ceremony, including the 40 day separation period and the use of Holy Handkerchiefs, a crystal clear image of the Blessing Ceremony in Seoul was projected onto a large screen at the front of the conference room. Throughout the transmission there was full and enthusiastic participation on the part of all those present, as an intimate atmosphere was created in the meeting room.
All of us here attributed the success of the ceremony here to the investment and sacrifice of our True Parents, and the invisible support of those in the Spiritual World, and wish to express our deepest gratitude to them.
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