Sketch on the Holy Week Ceremonies 2012
Sun Myung Moon
January 24, 2012
Korea, 1.1 and 1.2 by the HC
(Note: These notes are taken at the ceremonies in Korea. They cannot be published as definitive texts and should never be used in the future as an “official” publication of True Father’s words. However, they do provide a good idea of the “spirit” of the message. — Rev. Katsumi Kambashi)
1. Midnight Prayer (1.1 by the HC)
As you know, this year’s motto is “天地人참父母勝利解放完成時代” and I would like to translate this as “Era of the Victory, Liberation and Perfection of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind”
On the victorious foundation for 12 years since 2001, which is concluded (as Father’s speech title indicates) as “the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind,” I think this victorious proclamation and motto could come out.
2. True Parents’ birth, 45th anniversary of True God’s Day, and the 11th anniversary of God’s Coronation Ceremony (1.1 by the HC)
In his very brief talk during the ceremony, Father said, “사생결단 전력투구” (死生決斷 全力投球 / Decide to live or die. Invest all of you.), which Father has repeated to say recently. Then he strongly challenged us saying, “언제 했어?” (When have you done that?)
3. Day of Victory of Love (1.2 by the HC)
The Day of the Victory of Love is the Day when True Parents’ love overcame the death of Heung Jin Nim, sending him as the general to the spirit world. This could happen through the amazing love of True Parents shown during the period and especially at the hospital and Heung Jin Nim’s behavior at the moment of the accident.
At the ceremony, Father strongly spoke right after he was seated and he even spoke to and challenged the participants during their reciting of each verse of the pledge, asking them if they were practicing it.
Hoon Sook Nim read her message, and Yeon Ah Nim (Mrs. Choi, Hyo Jin Nim’s wife) read Father’s speeches regarding that day prepared by Prof. Oh, who told me later that the night before Father had told to make a booklet with the materials prior to the ceremony. Due to the time limitations, some copies were only distributed to the participants in the front before the ceremony.
The following are some of his words which I hope describe the basic talks of Father at the ceremony.
1. The establishment of the “Heavenly family,” and necessity of understanding the significance of the Day of Victory of Love “하늘가정(Heavenly family) has appeared.”
“The Heavenly family doesn’t mean your families.”
“You have sacrificed heavenly sons and daughters for the sake of your children.”
“Blessed families have lived with old habits.”
“Has there been anybody who sincerely thinks of their parents and Heaven?”
“You don’t know the significance of that day. We have been celebrating this day every year, and how can you be forgiven for the fact that you yet don’t know the meaning of the day?”
“Blessed couples will go to Heaven but the second gens won’t (if they are not Blessed.)”
(Katsumi: Father emphasized this point several times.)
2. Those who oppose True Parents and the Unification Church will perish.
“If you don’t follow my words, you will disappear on earth.”
“Individuals and nations that oppose Rev. Moon will be separated.”
“Don’t oppose Rev. Moon and the Unification Church.”
“Don’t treat the Unification Church as the enemy.”
“Those who oppose the Unification Church will be taken by their ancestors without fail.”
“Study those who oppose the Unification Church for three years, then you will know what will happen to them.”
3. Other points Father emphasized
“Have you liberated and Blessed your ancestors of 210 generations? Father and Mother are not scarecrows. If you don’t do it, your ancestors will take such descendants through car accidents. Do you know that the death toll of the car accidents has been higher than that of the Word War II?”
“(My speech) is the proclamation, and therefore, you should do it.”
“From now on, donate for the sake of the world first and then for your nation.”
“You didn’t live to the principle though you learned it.”
“Tradition, blood lineage and resemblance.”
“You are the people who don’t know the value of the Blessing.”
“The grandfather who speaks here isn’t false.”
“None of the participants here would have been able to come to even the door of this place. From now on, participants at this kind of event should be examined on their past life and if they are eligible to participate. Your mind knows it.”
“Have faith and speak with confidence ‘This is good.’ You will be blessed.”
“Islam is moving around (without being settled).
(Katsumi: Islam in Korean is 회회교. 회 in Chinese character means “to go around”)
That’s why that religion can’t be represented with the form of a human.
(Katsumi: With the respect to its founder Mohammed, they are not allowed to describe its founder in painting or statue, but Father sees it differently.)
4. Cheon Bok Holy Salt Ceremony (1.2 by the HC)
The original plan was that the representatives of eight religions light the candle, mix holy salt with the soil from the holy grounds of four major religions, and with the blessing of True Parents participants will receive it with small containers. But upon arrival at the Cheon Bok Gung, Father started to strongly pour out his words and then directly conducted the ceremony, giving the instructions to Hyung Jin Nim, totally changing the program and especially the characters of the ceremony.
Saying the holy salt was to be done later, Father said the candle, which symbolizes the blood, must be inherited first, and that everything must come from True Parents. Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim, as the representatives of True Parents, lit and gave the eight candles to the religious representatives, and then each of them held the candle together with another person from their religious circles, and then they put the candles back on the stage. Regarding the holy salt, From True Parents through Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim, Rev. Hwang and Rev. Yang received and threw the holy salt on the stage towards all directions.
This would be the new holy salt and the new candle coming from “Heavenly family” that Father mentioned during the ceremony on 1.1 by the HC, and further information is expected regarding this.
The following are some other words Father gave during the ceremony.
“I’m not the owner of the principle. It is God.”
“If I ask you about the contents from the 1st page of the speech, you can’t answer my questions.”
“Which comes first, the substance or the word?”
“God couldn’t make a woman yet. (하나님은 아직 여자를 못 만들었다)”
(Katsumi: Recently Father has mentioned this several times)
“On D-Day, there will be parents’ wedding ceremony and you should join it and receive the royal seal.”
On the foundation of the settlement of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind, the era of victory, liberation and perfection of the True Parents was proclaimed as the yearly motto. In the speech, “Heavenly family” was also proclaimed. Before we join True Parents in the Blessing ceremony on 1.13 by the HC (,2013, which is Feb. 22, 2013), we must repent and live according to Father’s life and teachings in order to resemble True Parents.
For that sake, what we have to do is through the materials that Yeon Ah Nim read at the ceremony, the 1st gen must learn the way True Parents were, and the 2nd gen learn the way Heung Jin Nim was at the crucial moment so that we, not only are connected to the blood lineage, but also receive the tradition and then can resemble such “Heavenly family.” This course will get along with and be secured by inheriting the holy candle and the holy salt given by the True Parents this time.