43rd True Children’s Day
Sun Myung Moon
November 5, 2002
Notes by Michael Jenkins
About 3,000 gathered at the Su Taek Ri training center in Kuri City on the outskirts of Seoul on November 5, 2002 to celebrate the 43rd True Children’s Day.
The training center is a huge beautiful auditorium on the Il Hwa factory grounds. There is a stage upon which the offering table sits which is carpeted with perfect red carpeting. The carpet of the whole auditorium is pink and looks new. The stage is trimmed both above and in the back drop with a very deep maroon curtain with rich gold trim. Father looked absolutely ageless with a dark blue suit with a cream colored shirt with a beautiful read and dark blue tie. He has settled into a vibrant unchanging appearance. Mother looked beautiful with a dark maroon suit of a felt texture with a rich velour appearance. Her sleeves were multicolored (light brown, maroon, and patterns) of a finer material. Her dress matched her sleeves. Mother looks magnificent.
About 3,000 can sit comfortably on the floor, maybe more. The Elders of the worldwide movement assembled there preparing with prayer. There are large television screens placed on each side of the auditorium providing all with very good views of the proceedings. The offering table was traditional with the brightest colors of fruits and cookies and all kinds of beautiful foods representing all of creation. Seven candles were standing before the altar.
Rev. Kwak led the 7am pledge service. This time pledge was done in our dress clothes and not Holy Robes. Father and Mother entered in a quiet serenity and began lighting the candles. First the center candle then the one on the far right, then far left and back and forth until all seven were lit.
Then Father prayed. Then True Parents offered their Kyung Bae to Heavenly Father, then Father took his place behind the offering table and True Mother bowed. Then representing all True Family, Julia Moon and her son did Kyung Bae. Then the second generation bowed. Then all the congregation did Kyung Bae.
Next representatives of three primary nations, Korea, Japan and America did Kyung Bae. Then representatives of all the Continents on earth (The continental directors). Then representatives of the major religions, Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. Then representatives of the Free World and the Communist World.
Finally Rev. and Mrs. Kwak as the central representative couple of all Blessed Central Families gave a very deep and tearful prayer of the realization of the grace that is coming from our True Parents and the incredible amount of sacrifice they have offered, which none of us can fully comprehend. With tears the whole congregation began to weep. On the conclusion of the Prayer, Father was smiling with incredible love to Rev. Kwak and to all of us. Then Father distributed the offering table to the True Family, then to Mother then Father and then Father and Mother asked that everyone be given something from the offering table.
At the commemorative service, Father emphasized the Bible verse, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” the meaning of which we must declare to as many people as possible. Father said that the common hope of all peoples is the establishment of God’s kingdom, and that the Rallies for the Harmony and Unity of Heaven and Earth, held on 16th and 20th October, were to proclaim that meaning. At the end of the rallies, blessed families participated in the “Holy Burning Ceremony for the Peace, Unity and Liberation of Heaven and Earth.” Father explained that this was to burn off everything that had satanic stains.
Father wrote in Chinese characters, “Revolution of the Mind [Spirit]” and explained that revolution means to turn things upside down from the very root, and that all members need a revolution of mind.
Change to Family Pledge
True Father specifically directed us to begin the New Family Pledge with the phrase “AS THE OWNER OF CHEON IL GUK, Our family …”
Each family and church must recite the revised Family Pledge, beginning each of the eight verses with the phrase, “As the owner of Cheon Il Guk, our family….”
Father also referred to the new Family Pledge as the Cheon Il Guk Pledge. He said that we must burn off all the things we used to use in the satanic world to be reborn as citizens of Cheon Il Guk. We must become the citizens of Cheon Il Guk through the Transition of the Three Ages Four Position Foundation Registration Unification Blessing Ceremony (the Registration Blessing).
True Father asked members if they all had gone through the process of registration and told them that they must all go to their designated mission areas. As the Israelites had to leave for Canaan, we must also leave our old homes and move towards the new Cheon Il Guk by resolving chaotic situations in our designated mission areas. Only then can we liberate the nation to become the new Cheon Il Guk.
He explained that True Parents had to hold the Coronation Ceremony for the Kingship of God’s for the sake of Cheon Il Guk, which is also why we have to have a new pledge.
The term Cheon Il Guk came about thanks to True Parents. Since the establishment of God’s Kingship, the Realm of Life of the Completed Settlement of the Parents of Heaven and Earth, the Rallies for the Harmony and Unity of Heaven and Earth, and the Holy Burning Ceremony for the Peace, Unity and Liberation of Heaven and Earth have been completed. Therefore, Father said, we now need a new nation, and that is Cheon Il Guk.
True Father wrote on the board, “The Day of the Peace, Unity and Equalization of Cheon Il Guk” at 11:33. He explained the word Equalization (Pyeongjeong): “Everything is at an equal level, and there are no things that are unequal” He then wrote: “Announcement and Proclamation of the Coming of the Age of Equalization of the Peace and Unity of Cheon Il Guk.”
He said, “Heaven and Earth are the same, they are equalized.” The purpose of the Coronation Ceremony for the Kingship of God, the Rally for the Unity and Completed Settlement of the Parents of Heaven and Earth, and the Rallies of the Realm of Life of the Unity and Completed Settlement of the Parents of Heaven and Earth is the complete settlement of Cheon Il Guk. Through the Holy Burning Ceremony for the Peace, Unity and Liberation of Heaven and Earth, we have now entered the age in which all wrong doings caused by Satan have been washed away.”
Accordingly, “We must realize the right of being together, participating together and loving together as we live together with God in this age. Our mind and body must not be separated but be one. Parents and children, as well as God and each one of us, should be together. From now, wherever you go, you are not alone. When the head of a religious order is called, he must respond. When descendants sincerely ask something of their ancestors, the ancestors must respond to the call of the families of Cheon Il Guk. The spirit world can now freely come down to earth. It is now the age when people on earth can bring their wishes in front of their ancestors and in front of God.”
Father told us to remember this day of this proclamation. Father had all the members stand and raise both hands in a solemn pledge. They shouted three times, “We pledge! We pledge! We pledge!” True Father blessed them with a strong voice: “True Parents bless you all!”