Commemorative Events for the 1st Anniversary of the Entrance into Cheon Jeong Peace Palace and Coronation of the True Parents, the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and Earth, and the 45th Day of All True Things
June 13, 2007
Cheon Jeong Gung, Cheongpyeong, Korea
Dae Mo Nim’s Report
June 13, the ‘1st Anniversary of Cheon Jeong Gung Museum Opening Ceremony, and the 45th Day of All True Things’ was held magnificently with True Parents and True Children at Cheon Jeong Gung Museum. Ambassadors of Peace, elder members, National Messiahs, and pastors of around 1,500 members from around the world attended this special event. In the morning, there was a Pledge Service and a Commemorative Service, then, in the afternoon from 1 o’clock, the Commemorative Luncheon was held. At the Commemorative Service, in their Special Address ‘Value and Meaning of the Family Pledge’ True Parents told to publish this message as a ‘Peace Message’.
Rev. Chung-hwan Kwak, International President of IIFPU, was the emcee for the Pledge Service. True Parents came to the stage at 7:00 a.m. and lit the Holy Candles. Then there were the bows from Representative Families of each levels, reciting of the Family Pledge, Representative Prayer offered by Rev. Kwak and his wife, and after the cutting of the Holy Cake by True Parents there was the partaking of the Holy Food. The Service ended at 7:40 a.m. with 4 cheers of Eok-mansei offered by Rev. Sun-jo Hwang, President of FFWPU Korea.
The Commemorative Service started at 10 a.m. and Rev. Hwang was the emcee. Before starting the Service, the attendants watched a short movie of the Opening Ceremony of Cheon Jeong Gung Museum (June 13, 2006) from last year. After that, True Parents came to the stage and the Service began. After the bow, the Cheon Il Guk Anthem (Holy Song ‘The Gloriousness’) was sang by everyone and a Representative Prayer was offered by Rev. Do-sun Lim, General President of FFWPU-Japan.
After the prayer, Rev. Kwak, in his Commemorative Address, briefed the attendants about the ‘Day of All True Things’ and the ‘Opening Ceremony of Cheon Jeong Gung Museum’ and then read the Peace Message ‘Cheon Il Guk is the Ideal Heavenly Kingdom of Eternal Peace’ (June 13, 2006, Special Address from the Opening Ceremony of Cheon Jeong Gung Museum).
Also, in his Congratulatory Address, Mr. Bong-ho Kim, Former Vice Chairman of Korean Parliament, said that True Parents have dedicated their life for world peace and expressed his strong determination that he will do his best to help True Parents’ wish.
After the Congratulatory Song by La Strada Ensemble and the presentation of flowers to True Parents, there was the presentation of Universal Peace Federation Flags. These Universal Peace Federation Flags were presented by True Parents to the representatives of 12 regions (Korea, Japan, North America 1st Region, North America 2nd Region, Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa, Middle East, Europe 1st Region, Europe 2nd Region, and East North Continent) that represent over 200 countries.
After presenting the Universal Peace Federation Flags, True Parents gave his speech. True Parents said, “To establish the True God’s Family, it is essential to go through 8 stages. To interpret the content of the Family Pledge is more precious than anything else so I would like to explain it now.” After reading the first part of the special address of ‘Value and Meaning of the Family Pledge’, True Parents told Rev. Hyo-yul Kim (Peter Kim) to read rest of the address. After the Hoondok of the special address, True Father emphasized to read this special address continuously and to publish it as a ‘Peace Message’.
After his speech, True Father told True Mother to sing, and with her beautiful voice, True Mother sang ‘My Motherland’ and ‘Want to Visit’. After True Mother’s beautiful singing, Rev. Chang-shik Yang, North American Regional President, gave the 4 cheers of manse and ended the Commemorative Service.
The Congratulatory Luncheon was then held from 1 p.m., with True Parents and True Children.
Chung Hwan Kwak’s Report
More than 1,500 participants gathered at Cheon Jeong Gung to participate in the events to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of the Entrance into Cheon Jeong Gung and Coronation of the True Parents, the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and Earth, and the 45th Day of All True Things.
The pledge service that day was held at 7:00 a.m. True Parents who had just a few days ago came back from their speaking tour of Korea, Japan and America looked healthy and strong as they entered the room.
Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak was the emcee for the pledge service. He guided the participants in offering a bow and reciting the Family Pledge. Dr. Kwak and his wife then offered the representative prayer. True Parents cut the celebration cake, and distributed the Holy Food to the members of the True Family. Rev. Sun Jo Hwang then guided everyone in three cheers of eog-mansei to close the morning program.
From 10:00 a.m. the service to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of the Entrance into Cheon Jeong Gung and Coronation of the True Parents, the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and Earth, and the 45th Day of All True Things.
Rev. Sun Jo Hwang was the emcee for this event. He briefly explained the meaning of the “Entrance into Cheon Jeong Gung and Coronation of the True Parents, the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and Earth” which took place a year ago. A video presentation summarizing the events last year was shown to the participants.
At exactly 10:00 a.m. the emcee led all participants in a bow to True Parents and then led everyone to sing the national anthem of Cheon Il Guk. The representative prayer was given by Rev. Dow Soon Yim, chairman of the Unification Movement in Japan.
Dr. Kwak then gave the commemorative address and read the same speech True Father gave last year at the entrance ceremony. In his commemorative address, he explained the meaning of the Day of All True Things. “This day was a historical day that opened the path for humanity to restore creation and the environment, which was lost through the Fall, back to God.” “The gates have been opened wide allowing use to restore God’s rights of ownership. We should become the children with the qualifications from God and resolve to uphold the heavenly way of relating with creation in love on behalf of God.”
Mr. Bong Ho Kim, former vice-speaker of house from Korea gave the congratulatory address. “It is an honor to be able to stand before you on this joyful and significant occasion.” “As an ambassador for peace, I will actively take part in all the activities of the Universal Peace Federation and its efforts in realizing Cheon Il Guk.”
A special performance was given by La Strada ensemble. Kim Young Il and his wife Shindae Tomoyo offered a flower bouquet to True Parents.
A special conferment ceremony also took place that day; True Parents conferred the Universal Peace Federation flags to the representatives of the twelve regions (Korea, Japan, North America 1, North America 2, Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa, Middle East, Europe 1, Europe 2, Northeast region) to represent the 200 nations of the world.
True Father then came up with True Mother and asked for the ambassadors for peace to work together with the Universal Peace Federation. With True Mother at his side, he read the introductory part of his prepared speech. He then asked Rev. Peter Kim to read the rest of his speech.
The speech was an explanation of the value and significance of the Family Pledge. After the end of the speech, True Father called up True Mother and asked her to sing a song. The ceremony ended that day with three cheers of eog-mansei by Dr. Chang Shik Yang. The congratulatory banquet began from 1:00 p.m. at the second floor banquet hall.