Unification News for September 2004
CIG Holy Wine Ceremony and Chil Pal Jeol at the Columbia Road Church
Report by Rev. Kevin McCarthy
August 20, 22, 2004 - Washington, DC
We are so grateful to True Parents for graciously opening the Peace King era by rebirth through the Cheon Il Guk holy wine ceremony held at the Columbia Road church on August 20, 2004.
While True Parents in Korea were opening the era of the Peace King for the entire cosmos, at the very same moment in Washington, D.C., more than 200 families were gathered to participate in that grand ceremony. It was the miracle of the internet that allowed us to feel that we were direct participants with True Parents in this holiest of moments.
Two days later we re-gathered at Columbia Road for a special congratulatory service for the Coronation of the King of Peace and celebration of the Eighth Chil Pal Jeol (Cosmic Sabbath).
The highlight of the service was provided by Rev. John Paul Hong's stirring explanation of Father's direction for each blessed central family to take the holy wine and begin to bless, nurture and educate 662 families in their Tong Bang Kyol Pa areas.
Rev. Hong explained: "Through this Blessing, we become citizens of Cheon Il Guk. True Parents are the King and Queen of Cheon Il Guk. Therefore, as the people of Cheon Il Guk, we should be of the same quality as the True Parents. We need to set up a condition so Satan cannot accuse us. This is why we need a tribal Blessing ceremony. Each couple should be tribal parents. Our tribe is composed of 36, 72, 124, 430 couples (total 662). If we bless our tribe we will upgrade to same realm as True Parents, and Satan will no longer be able to accuse."
Nearly 250 families lined up and received the specially prepared "Nlessing kits" that included Cheon Il Guk holy wine, cups, holy salt and several four-color brochures that contained Father's words and "The True Love Pledge," that can be given to a family that has received the holy wine.
Now blessed central families in Washington, D.C., are reaching out with a new enthusiasm to bless, nurture and educate new families and bring them to the era of Cheon Il Guk.
This period from August 20 until October 3rd is a special time for outreach. We know that God has prepared many new people who can not only receive the holy wine, but also can understand its life-changing significance.
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