Speech And Proclamation Prayer
Sun Myung Moon
March 8, 2004
Excerpts from True Father’s speech during pledge service at Hannam-dong.
“Since today is March 8th, in the 4th year of Cheon Il Guk, it is an important day. From the resolution messages which belong to God in spirit world we have the resolutions from the 4 great saints and 5 founders of the major religions. This new resolution indicates all that was clogged up till now has finally been resolved. Centering on spirit world you should know this. Now the time has come for the Cosmic Parent, Parent of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind in spirit world and physical world to come down onto this earth. Thus on this day of March 8th, centering on the number 4, March 8th or 3×8=24, I will offer a prayer at 8 this morning. Till then, during this Hoon Dok Hae we will connect to this earth all the historical contents that were declared through the resolutions from our ancestors. This will become the foundation for the brotherhood and through this we must tie together the sisterhood relations and all that was divided centering on the four directions of North, South, East and West. We need to tie together the East and the West; North and South; all 360 degrees and bring together spirit world and the physical world. Then centering on spirit world, God can directly come down and do his work as he pleases. After that centering on Korea, Japan and USA we need to tie these countries together as well. That is why just like the exchange marriages, the day has come for us to tie together all the ideals of exchange brotherhood, exchange nations, exchange world (inter-brotherhood, international, inter-global ideals) and completely liberate all these things. We need to pray for this, then we can tie these things together so that all the things we have done can flow to one location. Since we need to offer such a prayer, we (True Father and True Mother) promised each other in the early mornings of the previous day that we will offer this prayer this morning. You must know that we are here today after preparing in this way and you also should have that same mindset as we do at Hoon Dok Hae. Do you understand? (Yes!) …”
“Know this and let us continue with Hoon Dok Hae until 8…”
[05:08] Won Ju McDevitt began to read from the letter God sent to True Parents from spirit world. Then she began reading the resolutions of the Five Great Saints and the messages from the Christian leaders in spirit world.
After 30 minutes into the Hoondok reading, True Father gave instructions to place the messages from the spirit world as an article series in Segye Times. He asked that we become such a person that can stand without shame in front of those saints who declared the messages from spirit world. And then he explained about the meaning of this day.
“What you all need to know is that after hearing all that was testified to by all the saints and sages who went to spirit world, you must be able to be without shame when you meet Jesus; you must be able to be without shame when you meet Confucius; you must be able to be without shame when you meet Buddha or Mohammed or any of the other saints and sages. They will support what was testified and these facts will not die away. They will stay alive for eternity in spirit world. Since this endeavor is to develop and realize the contents of those facts and history, this will manifest itself in history. Thus we see that there will be a situation where a representative of spirit world or physical world will openly criticize us and evaluate whether our life course was in alignment with this content. This becomes a serious problem of how we are going to overcome that situation when we find ourselves in such a position. We need to know the contents of this principle and since it is necessary that we lay the foundations to prepare for this, on this day March 8th, 4th year of Cheon Il Guk, 3×8=24, 4×8=32, we have the numbers 4 and 36. The number 36 isn’t about losing the number of return, it means an end. If we can reveal that which must be revealed, then spirit world can abandon the splintered factions on this earth and strive to go in one direction totally. Why is God taking the lead? Jesus needs to take the lead and then the Cosmic Parent, Parent of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind must take the lead. Until now God was invisible in spirit world but now the Parent of Heaven, Earth and Humankind has taken on substantial form and for the first time God can manifest himself in the form of the True Parent in the subjective position towards that world which he longed to see the ideal fruits of liquidating all things. Only when God connects to that age where he can directly administer this world in that form can we approach the final destination of the world of peace on earth. Therefore you need to know that bringing together these contents and establishing one central theme is indeed a historical and providential demand. You must understand that you cannot become a shameful figure in front of this great will. ”
[07:55] True Father ended the Hoon Dok Hae and prepared for the prayer. All participants rose and Rev. Sun Jo Hwang brought the microphone in front of True Parents. True Father and True Mother faced each other and clasped each other’s hands. Then True Father began to pray.
Dearest Beloved Heavenly Father,
Amidst the flow of the times you raised the banner of your providence and established your will at the center of the heavens and earth. You longed for the sovereign nation of love of the ideal of creation, yet your will was lost because of the fall of the first human ancestors. When we see all the facts that can be reasoned out from the history of suffering and that which has been flowing since the fall of the first human ancestors, we know that hell and humankind has gone through this bitter course of human history filled with anguish and resentment as they stood along the sides of influence of these affairs.
In order to bring these things together you have raised servants and promised that you would send the messiah. You raised the Israel nation within the realm of the chosen people. The 4000 years of history until the time of Jesus after the Old Testament Age, which you prepared for 4000 years was spent in suffering and amidst the pain of prosperity, decline and patience. Throughout these times you persevered and I know more than anyone else how hard you worked to lay the foundations for this victory.
Jesus came to this earth and should have united with the people of Israel with the chosen nation of Israel. Then the Jewish people and the Israel nation should have created a nation. This was the foundation of God’s will for the messiah. However this child here knows that Jesus who came with the mission of becoming the True Parents had tragically come from the lineage of illegitimate children and the messianic ideal had persevered with concern for the future of the Judaism and the Israel nation as he gazed upon them with a heart of suffering and patience during the pioneer course in the wilderness with the start of this miserable life, unbeknownst by all people.
As in the time of Jesus, many were born whose origin and lineage are uncertain and all those on earth who represent this tragic history are like Jesus who was born alone as an illegitimate child not knowing for sure who his ancestors or parents were. We know that Jesus’ life of which little is recorded aside from the prophesies of the Old Testament that were recorded to be true in the New Testament, had been filled with many difficulties throughout its course and from the chaos of the environment. Centering on that tragic life of 33 years his dream as the messiah was to digest Rome centering on the Israel religion, eliminate all the boundaries of resentment in the heaven and earth, and bring about an ideal world of love that goes beyond the liberated horizon and sea line. But we have come to know that despite this dream Jesus was placed in a position where he had no kin from the same nation, no friend, no sibling, no parent, no family, no nation and no home, Father.
We as Unification Church members must never forget that Jesus bore this sad history of being the prince of princes, the legitimate son of all sons on earth after leaving behind his sorrow and anguish as he died nameless on the cross after the course of only 2 years and 8 months on earth. We need to succeed this lineage and inherit this tradition from beginning to end. But we know very well that the history of faith of this world had been a wintry one where your ties of blood which should have upheld the path of loyalty and filial piety regardless of the anguish which burns the body could not remain to carry out your will of one heart, one mind and one body.
We also know that from the crucifixion of Jesus 2000 years ago, and the 400 years of drudgery under the Roman Empire, the Israel people lost their nation and were driven away to become a sad nation who shed their blood on this earth. I also know very well the bloody history of Israel where they were torn apart, trampled on and eaten by those beasts as they faced the desolate field as they lost their nation, fatherland and master.
The individual anguish, family anguish, tribal anguish, national anguish was vanquished as this lost people were able to be restored to their land on April 15, 1945 and restore Israel in 1948 centering on USA after World War II. Yet the walls of resentment centering on this restored land of Israel could not be overcome and thus the Republic of Korea succeed them as the 3rd Israel. Because of the direct intervention of Satan who was playing it both ways, this land of Korea where the victorious authority of the kingship was to be established instead entered into a fratricidal war, shedding the blood of the nation. At this time we still see the reality where human life is tormented by this misfortunate history and the nation was lost as to where to go.
Now we place this history of resentment which spreads out in all directions, at the center and we wish to designate this day of liberation centering on the 4th year of Cheon Il Guk; centering on March 8th; centering on the number 24 (3×8), centering on the number 28, and centering on the number 40, the 4 great realms of the family centering on the number 32 centering on the 4 great realms. We pray that you stand at the center and clarify all things so that you can set forth your ideal of creation. The liberation of the kingdom of heaven on earth, and in heaven, you liberated your sovereignty of love. All the realms of your hometown for the liberation of the fatherland and this earth. Now let all the resentments of indemnity be cleared away and on the foundation of proclaiming the unification of all things including the dignity of the Blessed Families we have ushered in this age where we can proclaim God’s Fatherland and the era of the Peace Kingdom.
We pray that before the end of this year, the heavens, earth and cosmos can align itself towards the opened gates that have advanced throughout all directions upon the path that leads us to the circuit where it can go in any direction, 360 degrees to the center, and upon the path where you can freely move about in all directions. To this we are able to proclaim the liberated gates of heaven, devoid of all obstacles, and centering on this day March 8th, 2004, we pray that you stand as the victorious owner of the victorious fatherland for eternity along with the establishment of Father’s government centering on the liberation of all nations on top of the foundation of coronation ceremony of Jesus, the coronation ceremony of peace in Capitol Hill and on the foundation of proclaiming the era of the Peace Kingdom to liberate the universe and God’s Fatherland upon which the ideal of Cheon Il Guk is established.
Now the age has come where you can gaze upon the entire universe, grasping it with both hands and freely going about as you wish in all directions, 360 degrees. Thus when I think about how much I toiled to reveal the secrets of heaven, Satan and this earth with these young children and how great the pains were to lay this victorious foundation under the banner of the True Parents, I know it was for the sake of serving the Father who had suffered hundreds and thousands of times more than my suffering. You had led me to stand in a position where I can carry out my duty as a loyal servant in building a nation and now we have come upon this prominent age where you have set me up at the center of your Fatherland and era of the Peace Kingdom. All those thousands of years spent in bearing all the responsibilities and liberating these things?
(At this point it was difficult to discern Father’s words, as he was sobbing.)
… Father, going beyond shame you prepared this day; now the father and mother have become one in all affairs. We pray for your sympathy and that you remember this day.
We pray that you seize the ideal realm, the center of heaven and earth in all 6 directions, and re-open the history of revolution, an upheaval of 180 degrees in all directions. We pray that you bestow your might to 360 degrees and with the authority of the owner who can assert the self, the owner of the ideal of creation, the creator and great lord of the universe, we fervently pray that you go about on the foundation of True Parents who have won through tribulations as the representative of all victors.
At this time 8 am, March 8th, 4th year of Cheon Il Guk, we pray that you look upon all of our hearts as we pray and ask to you in earnest. I pray that you look upon the blessed families and their children in the stead of True Parents who have taken care of these with the heart of suffering as I overcame the hurdles of resentment and the spirit world.
Under your care we pray that you give us the authority to freely do your works throughout all nations on your behalf. All that has been proclaimed in spirit world, from the saints and sages to all the kings on this earth; all the saints who made this resolution, the kings of the Koryo dynasty, Yi dynasty of Korea, the US presidents, all 138 royal kings of Japan we prayed that if there is anything between the nations, let spirit world open the doors to bring in the morning and new day of the liberated realm on earth and in the free heavens and earth. Let us freely move about and march forward with the victorious authority in this providential spring season.
Let this spring day that we welcome in this month of April, be the first spring that you can enjoy for the first time. Let this women’s movement centering on the new mother of Korea go beyond the world, overcoming the struggle between Cain and Abel in the mind and body, in the family, society, tribe and nation and within the national assemblies of many nations. Let it stand at the top the United Nations and the top of the USA, and the White House to become the victorious master and your autonomous king of kings. This I pray in earnest. Let your ideal of creation be set forth and that all that you hoped for can go beyond the nations of heaven and be welcomed by you with joy. Let it become the liberated king of kings, the parent of love, the master of love and the king of love.
I pray in True Parents name that your reign of peace and everlasting the nation can be made. I truly pray that this can be transmitted with joy towards the world of everlasting love and peace as the victorious royal family. This we pray and report in the name of True Parents, centering on the number 8 on this day of March 8th, 4th year of Cheon Il Guk. Amen! Amen! Amen!
After this proclamation prayer True Father instructed Rev. Kwak to pray and after his prayer True Father asked all participants to remember the contents of this prayer and had everyone repeat these words. “We will become the family of the loyal son and patriot representing the elder sons which inherits the kingship of the Cosmic Parents, the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind. With this we will become the family that can carefully transmit the kingship of 3 generations to our coming generations.”
True Father went on to explain, “This means that you must all realize that you have to become the living family that represents the present, past and future. Who bears the responsibility to inherit the kingship of three generations and then to become the family of the prince and princess and the kingship that represents the three great cosmic kingships. The representative that inherits this kingship of three generations is my family. What we did today is becoming that family which represents and inherits this kingship that represents the kingship of the three generations.” In his explanation Father emphasized that our families are the one’s that represent heaven and earth. Therefore we need to become a family of the filial son in this life and the family of the patriot to the eternal world and have the awareness that we are a representative family. Father also said that from now on we will be able to truly feel the contents of the family pledge.
With this Father asked all those present to recite the family pledge. And then at the command of Rev. Hwang all participants offer their bows to the Cosmic Parent, Parent of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind. With this Hoon Dok Hae ended at 08:30.