The Tradition, Book One
Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak
Holy Days and Holidays
In the Unification Church, we traditionally celebrate five major Holy
Days each year -- God's Day, Parents Day, Children's Day, the Day of
All Things, and True Parents' Birthday. God's Day is celebrated on the
first day of the year according to the solar calendar. However, the
other Holy Days are observed according to the lunar calendar.
The four main Holy Days (excluding the True Parents' birthday)
commemorate the fulfillment of the absolute conditions that our True
Parents had to establish. Victory on the national or worldwide levels
is not strictly essential to the fulfillment of their mission, because
the establishment of the one True Family was the most important
victory for them to achieve. From that central family, many blessed
families, blessed tribes, blessed countries and a blessed world can
emerge. Based on these internal celebration days, a new world can take
shape, and a new history can begin.
Although excerpts from certain speeches will be shared in this
chapter, much more can be learned about each of the Holy Days and
other holidays of the Unification Church directly from Father's
For further reference members may consult the following: "A Birthday
Tribute," Today's World, March 1982; "Children's Day Speech," Today's
World, November 1980; "Commemoration of Washington Monument,"
September 18, 1980, Today's World, December 1980; "The World Seung Hwa
Ceremony of Heung Jin Moon," Today's World, January/February 1984;
"The Day of the Love of God," Today's World, July 1984.
It is essential that the members prepare their hearts, minds and
bodies before these major Holy Days, and that they try to develop a
longing for them. Through this longing, a tradition for celebrating
the Holy Days is formed, one that can be readily inherited by our
descendants. The most important thing is to offer Heavenly Father and
True Parents a heart of attendance on these days, and not just to
receive the benefit of the day.
Father is quoted on this subject in The Way of God's Will.
We must look forward to an official holiday. Only by
establishing a good tradition in this way can we have our
offspring establish the same tradition of life. On official
holidays we must share everything with one another and live
joyfully while God rejoices. On these official holidays we
must establish the law of Heaven by making our families
Suggestions for Internal Preparation.
A minimum of three days of internal preparation is necessary before
each Holy Day. For three days after the celebration, too, we should
continue offering Heavenly Father our gratitude.
Therefore, we give our purity and humility to God a total of seven
days surrounding and including the Holy Day.
It is recommended that members read the information contained in this
book or in speeches given by True Father pertaining to the meaning of
an upcoming Holy Day. Pray strongly on the days before a Holy Day,
focusing mainly on connecting in heart to the meaning of the day.
During these days, it is best to curb anger and not become too
involved in secular matters. Focus on cultivating internal purity and
Time of Celebration Service
The True Parents and elder couples usually begin the morning
celebration prayer service at 7:00 a.m. on each of the Holy Days,
although on occasion it has been held earlier or later. If desired,
check with international headquarters before each Holy Day for the
time the celebration service of True Parents will begin.
Blessed members may wish to offer Pledge at 5:00 a.m. on the Holy
Days, even though the contents of My Pledge are recited as part of the
morning celebration prayer service.
It is acceptable, however, for all members to gather and recite the
Pledge only at the main ceremony which begins at 7:00 a.m.
Holy Day Donation.
Money offered as a Holy Day Donation should be gathered (by center,
department, or nation) and sent or given to the Holy Day committee,
c/o international headquarters.
Refer to chapter 13, Tithing: Holy Day Donation, for further details
Gifts Honoring True Parents.
Members from centers, departments or nations sometimes present gifts
to the church in honor of True Parents. The gift itself is important,
but it is most essential that the motivation and heart of the giver be
pure. It is also a good idea to send a greeting card to the True
Parents (as a blessed family, center, department or nation), even if
members cannot afford to send a gift.
In order to feel and receive the hearts of the members, Father usually
does not open gifts or cards immediately, but rather waits several
days before praying and opening them.
Gifts to National, Regional, or Center Leader.
Members may wish to donate a certain amount of money or give a joint
gift and greeting card to the national, regional, or center leader(s).
Gifts Among Members.
Members may desire to give gifts and cards to each other on Holy Days
(e.g., spiritual parents and children, close friends).
Format of True Parents' Holy Day Celebrations
Main Celebration Service.
The True Parents have traditionally held a main celebration prayer
service with the elder couples and other representative blessed
couples. Attendance at this service is by invitation. For this
occasion, everyone who attends wears white Holy Robes, white clothing
under the robes, and white gloves, socks and undergarments. (Refer to
chapter 18, Holy Robes: Standard of Holy Robes for details.)
We must remember how hard our True Parents worked and sacrificed in
order to establish each of the Holy Days and in so doing keep a
joyful, thankful mind. We should keep in mind the historical value of
each Holy Day ceremony, especially when attending a celebration with
True Parents. We should even feel that our bodies become historical
when we attend the ceremony with them and understand how precious and
valuable such an opportunity is.
Location of Holy Day Celebration Service.
The celebration with the True Parents is always held in a room
specifically prepared and decorated according to the particular theme
of the Holy Day. The
celebration is held in a room other than the main hall in which the
general membership gathers for prayer.
The offering table is placed on the left side of the room (see picture
14.1) and comprised of a providentially significant number of
different kinds of foods, ranging from fresh fruits to candies, nuts,
and cookies, as well as a celebration cake and traditional Korean rice
A white or light-colored cloth should cover the entire table and reach
the floor. There are often seven but sometimes twelve Shimjung Candles
in a candelabra on the right side of the offering table (although on
occasion one or two in individual candle holders have been used).
If the cake is extraordinarily large, it may be placed on a separate
table in front of the offering table. However, it is usually placed on
one side of the offering table (refer to diagram 14.2), while the
candles are placed on the opposite side. A sword should be placed near
the cake and matches placed near the candles.
Meal for True Parents.
A Korean meal of meat, fish, Korean vegetables, rice, soup, tempura,
etc. should be prepared for True Parents and placed on the offering
table according to picture 14.1. Two complete place settings should be
placed on the table as well as glasses of water, sets of chopsticks,
spoons and napkins. On the True Parents' birthday (other Holy Days as
well, if desired), one dish that might be prepared is soup with
noodles, which symbolizes long life.
A plate of cooked meat (such as bul gogi should be placed on the
table. Two chickens should be cooked and set on a bed of leafy
lettuce. A blue ribbon should be placed around the neck of one of the
birds and a pink ribbon placed around the neck of the other bird.
Paper crowns of either blue or pink should be placed on their heads.
The chickens are positioned according to picture 14.1. A platter of
three whole cooked fish (one stacked on top of the other two) should
also be prepared and placed according to the diagram.
Diagram 14.2 shows a sample of the necessary types of foods to
purchase (although fruits and other foods may be substituted according
to the season or availability), as well as their correct placement on
an offering table for the True Parents or True Family.
There should be 21 kinds of fresh fruit. Most formations of fruit
should be stacked 21 inches high. If the fruit is placed on dishes or
pots, measure from the bottom layer of fruit. Some of the larger
fruits may be placed on the floor directly below the offering
14.1 Holy Day offering table for True Parents
14.2. Recommendations for set up of True Parents' offering table
table itself. The formations of watermelons, honeydew melons, etc., do
not have to be 21 inches in height. It is important to use
providentially significant numbers of these items.
Also to be stacked 21 inches high are seven kinds of cookies and one
stack each of the following: crackers, boxes of raisins, packages of
gum and mints, and candies (in packages placed in plastic bags). One
or two stacks of dried fruit (as well as a fruit such as strawberries)
do not have to be stacked 21 inches high, but these particular foods
should be of equal height. Both shelled and unshelled nuts should be
placed in plastic bags. Two stacks of the shelled and one of the
unshelled nuts should be the same height as the dried fruit.
Stacking the foods.
The person(s) chosen to prepare the offering table should be artistic
in the placement of all foods. For ease of stacking, cookies, packages
of gum and mints, candies, dried fruits, etc., can be lightly stuck
together with a glue made of flour. Fruits may be wired together
horizontally (using a heavy tape if necessary),
and the stacks simply piled on top of one another. Bows with ribbons
hanging down (refer to picture 14.1) should top each stack of food.
Several bouquets of flowers should be placed on the ground level in
front of the offering table.
Offering tables used on the family, center, state or national level
should not be this elaborate. Refer to diagram 14.3 and Rec-
ommendations for Holy Day Celebrations Held on the Center, Department,
State, and National Levels for details of making such an offering
Celebration Prayer Service.
Entrance of the True Family.
Shortly before the start of the ceremony, True Parents enter the room
and check the offering table; True Father lights the candles. Many
times True Mother assists him.
The True Children enter, offer a bow to the waist, and follow True
Parents to the offering table. At this point, all other blessed
couples participating in the ceremony wait outside the room.
Before True Father and True Mother stand and offer a preparatory
prayer, the True Children line up (one step behind them), boys on the
right side and girls on the left (facing the altar).
True Father and True Mother offer one full bow (representing the
traditional three bows) to the position of the True Parents. True
Father walks to his chair behind the offering table and sits down.
True Mother offers one full bow to True Father, rises and sits beside
him in her chair. (Author's Note: I believe that the traditional bow
True Mother offers to True Father will not continue beyond a certain
period of time.)
As a group the True Children bow once to the True Parents. The boys
then sit on the right side and the girls on the left behind the
Entrance of the couples.
The Master of Ceremonies directs the blessed couples to enter the room
according to the order of Blessings. Each group that enters offers one
full bow. In the early times in Korea, this traditionally was done in
trinities according to Blessing order. However, in the United States,
all Korean, Japanese and Western couples enter according to Blessing
order and bow.
After the bow, men stand on the right side of the room and women on
Each Holy Day, several Blessed members chosen by the Master of
Ceremonies to represent various positions according to the following
order bow next:
One member representing each of the four major dispensational
nations: Korea, Japan, U.S.A. and Germany
One representative for each of the six major continents
One representative for each of the four major religions
One member representing all of the 133 nations of the world in
which we have church missions
Three members representing the communist world
Three members representing the spiritual world
These are not rigid categories; sometimes another category is added,
such as on the True Parents' birthday. Two representatives of the True
Parents' relatives are invited to attend this Holy Day.
Sometimes a representative offers a congratulatory poem; on occasion,
important individual nations are also represented.
Recitation of My Pledge.
After offering their bows, all participants stand and remain standing.
After all representatives have bowed, everyone lines up according to
Blessing order. True Parents and the True Children stand.
The Master of Ceremonies leads the recitation of the fifth point of My
Pledge in Korean, representing the entire Pledge.
The True Parents give the Benediction.
Our True Parents then cut the celebration cake together by using a
special sword. Three cheers of Mansei are offered, usually by the
Master of Ceremonies or a representative.
Sharing offering table food.
After everyone sits down, our True Parents sample a bit of the food
(e.g., soup or rice from the special meal), as well as rice cakes from
the offering table. They serve food (generally rice cakes) to each
True Parents and True Children then pass food (usually rice cakes or
fruit) to everyone in attendance.
After this service, each participant is able to take (an) additional
item(s) from the offering table.
All foods on the offering table (including the celebration cake) are
later divided and sent to (major) leaders to distribute among their
In Korea True Father always took this occasion to give speeches, or he
(or another person) briefly reported on certain activities. In the
United States he sometimes follows this tradition; however, usually
the speeches or announcements are not lengthy as Father delivers a
main Holy Day sermon (to the general membership) directly afterwards.
Recommendations for Holy Day Celebrations Held on
the Center/Departmental/State/or National Level
It does not matter how simple or elaborate we make the Holy Day
celebration. Everything possible should be done to create a beautiful
and holy atmosphere. Decorating is not as important as cleaning the
home or center.
The quantity of food is not significant. The heart and motivation
invested is most important. Any Holy Day offering table should be
assembled with a great deal of prayer.
A Holy Day offering table represents all things we share with a heart
of attendance to God and True Parents on this glorious occasion.
If possible, a white cloth should be used on the offering table and
one, two or seven Shimjung Candles placed on the offering table
according to diagram 14.3. (If two Shimjung Candles are used, they may
be placed on both sides of the offering table, i.e., on either side of
the True Parents' picture.) The candles should be
14.3 Recommendations for set up of Holy Day offering table
new for each Holy Day; multiply them beforehand. (Refer to chapter 15,
Shimjung Candles: Multiplying Shimjung Candles and Matches.)
If possible, cushions or chairs are placed behind the offering table
(see diagram 14.3). No one should occupy the cushions or chairs during
the Holy Day celebration; they are placed to honor our True Parents.
According to convenience, a picture of the True Parents or True Family
should either be hung on the wall directly in back of the cushions or
chairs or on the offering table in front of the meal prepared for True
Parents (soup, rice, etc.). (Refer to diagram 14.3.)
Day of All Things offering table.
In Korea, the offering table prepared for the Day of All Things
represents the harvest. A providentially significant number (usually
21) of different items such as corn, rice, barley, wheat, etc. are
offered (only on the Day of All Things) in addition to the regular
foods on the offering table.
If following this tradition, each of these items is put into a clean
white bag and then placed on the back of (or behind) the offering
Amount of offering table foods.
Although basic guidelines for the types of food are shown in diagram
14.3, the amount of food placed on a Holy Day offering table may be a
total of three or more (choose a providentially significant number)
separate kinds of foods.
The height of the formation and/or the number of each kind of fruit,
cookies, etc., should be a providentially significant number. The
offering table represents all things; it is up to the individual
center or family to decide how many of each kind of food is prepared.
If possible, dishes used in the preparation of the offering table
should be kept separately and used each Holy Day.
It is suggested that a cake be made or purchased which can then be
shared by all those who attend the Holy Day celebration. The cake is
placed on the left side of the offering table (facing the offering
table). (Refer to diagram 14.3).
Meal prepared for True Parents.
Although it does not need to be elaborate, a meal should be prepared
in honor of True Parents and placed on the offering table (refer to
diagram 14.3). Chopsticks, water, etc., should also be set out.
Use of offering table foods.
The meal prepared in honor of the True Parents should be consumed.
Members may take foods from the offering table to eat as well. Fruits
may also be used either in the Holy Day meal itself or other meals.
Entertainment or Outing.
Some type of entertainment or outing should be planned when possible.
It is a time when members have the chance to share with each other.
Testimonies might be given. An extemporaneous speaking contest, a
lecture contest, or a music competition are other possibilities.
Family sports, evening performances, games (such as the traditional
Korean game, yute), are other options.
It is not necessary to restrict a Holy Day celebration to the center;
perhaps an outing (picnic, cookout, sightseeing trip, movie, etc.)
could be planned as part of the day's activities.
What we do to celebrate is not important; we should be most conscious
of inviting Heavenly Father and True Parents to participate in the
Decorations such as crepe paper streamers, balloons, or flowers can be
placed in the room holding the main celebration service, if possible
against a painted backdrop complementing the meaning of the day.
In a national headquarters or large center, members may wish to paint
a banner with such information as: (HAPPY) (NAME OF HOLY DAY, DATE,
YEAR, NAME OF THE CITY, REGION, NATION).
Grooming and Dress Code.
Blessed members may wear their Holy Robes to attend a 5:00 a.m. Pledge
service (if held). Blessed members celebrating in their homes or
gathering with other blessed members in a center may also choose to
wear Holy Robes for the prayer service held at 7:00 a.m.
All members should bathe and, if they are not wearing Holy Robes, they
should wear their best clothing to the prayer service.
Format for Holy Day Celebration Service.
Blessed members should enter the service area according to Blessing
order, if possible.
My Pledge (in its entirety) should be recited. If possible, recite at
least point five of My Pledge in Korean as well.
One person should offer a representative prayer (usually the leader or
an elder couple).
If the main celebration service will be held later in the morning/day,
unison prayer and a closing song may follow.
The main celebration message may be delivered as part of this service
or in the evening, depending on the circumstances.
If possible, one special celebration meal should be planned. It may be
served at any of the mealtimes, as desired. Special refreshments may
also be shared at some time during the day.
If a cake is prepared, it should be cut and distributed to all those
Blessed Family Celebration.
Guidance and education.
If blessed families are celebrating Holy Days on the family level, it
is advisable to use such opportunities to guide children by explaining
the history of our church, Father's testimony, a personal testimony,
and the like.
Educate and encourage children to look forward to our Holy Days more
than secular holidays. Even before the Holy Day, explain its meaning
to them. Let them help in the preparations so they will feel it is
truly a family event.
Follow the basic ceremony format given in Format for Holy Day
Celebration Service. The Pledge of the Families may be said before My
Pledge is recited.
If possible, give children a gift each Holy Day.
In The Way of God's Will, Father stressed the importance of
establishing the Holy Days on the family level.
Each family must establish its own "Parents Day," "Children's
Day," "Day of All Things, and "God's Day."
Prior to appearing at official meetings, we must go through the
ceremonies in our own families of having become children of
filial piety, loyal subjects and people of fidelity. Through
these ceremonies God, True Parents, ourselves and all things
become directly connected.
God's Day Midnight Ceremony
Whether celebrating individually, as a blessed couple, blessed family,
department, local church, or on the state, national or international
level, all members should assemble December 31st for a prayer service
to begin exactly at 12:00 midnight, January 1st.
Father himself has established this pattern, praying in pledge to
Heaven to fulfill his mission during the coming year. Father also
proclaims a motto each year after he finishes the prayer; generally he
also gives a talk.
Although it would be appropriate to do so, members not celebrating
God's Day with True Parents do not need to read or give a speech at
Each God's Day at midnight True Father proclaims a motto which he then
paints with a brush in black ink on a large white banner.
If possible, each national headquarters should try to learn (and in
turn inform all other centers of) the motto before its Holy Day
celebration service and focus the God's Day sermon on that topic.
Significance of Each Holy Day
For 6,000 years God had been seeking the heavenly family and the
restored foundation of His love on earth. The establishment of Parents
Day signified that God had finally established His first son and
daughter as the True Parents of humankind. Fallen humanity should
rejoice because through the establishment of Parents Day it is finally
possible for humanity to attend the True Parents.
Father is the first person in history ever able to proclaim Parents
Day. Based on the victory of installing Parents Day, Father and Mother
were able to build on earth the eternal family unit.
Imagine, if you will, the whole earth covered with water, water often
being used as a symbol of fallen humankind. Thousands of years ago,
one rock (representing the sacrifice of saints and righteous people)
was laid in the ocean depths. Far down on the ocean floor, one rock
was piled upon another, slowly and painfully building the providence
of restoration. From the surface, nothing was apparent. In the course
of 6,000 years, more rocks were gradually added to the pile. Finally,
in 1960, the first glimpse of this massive labor of restoration
Parents Day, established March 1, 1960 (according to the lunar
calendar), signifies the origin or source of life for all humankind
and the root of our tradition in the sense that we receive life from
our parents. People use the same language as their parents and follow
their parents' cultural mores, as well as learn and inherit their
The only way fallen people can be restored is through True Parents. We
must return to God. In this sense, restoration is the hope of all
Through the restoration process, human beings can climb from the
position of God's enemy, through the stages of servant of servant,
servant, adopted son or daughter, and stepson or stepdaughter, to
finally become true sons or daughters of God, receive God's grace, and
eventually become true parents. True Father himself went
through such a hard personal indemnity (tang gam) course. On this
foundation, he could establish Parents Day.
Father spoke on Parents Day 1980 about the necessity of following the
True Parents' tradition in "The Completion of the Providence and
Parents Day," printed in Today's World, June-July 1980.
The True Parents set the tradition, and now you are to follow and
set the same tradition and standard on your own. Then you shall
be at the same level as True Parents in God's sight. This next
seven years is the time for you to demonstrate what you are and
what you can do.
I cut all the satanic ties and overcame this world, returning to
the beginning point and setting the pattern of the heavenly four
position foundation. Now you are taking over and it is your turn
to build up your own tribe, nation and world. You inherit my
tradition now and make it your tradition. Erect your own family,
tribe, nation and world tradition.
An excerpt from the speech "True Ownership" given by Father on June
11, 1963, on The Day of All Things was published in Today's World,
Parents Day has this significance: Parents Day is the first time
since God created all things and humankind that there is one
balanced man, one balanced woman, balanced in love, to whom God
can descend and with whom He can truly be. For the first time in
human history this original state of matrimony, the original
trinity, has come into existence upon the earth. To find this
perfect man and woman is the beginning of all of God's ideals,
and God can descend to them.
Now here are the True Parents who love according to how God wants
them to love. They bring God's love. With this advance of God's
right love, those who choose to follow the True Man and True
Woman, discarding everything else, must be taken by God because
they come to belong to this new state of correct love. Since this
is the original realm of love which is very principled, not even
Satan can interfere. No matter who the children may be, Satan can
never claim them back again as long as they choose True Parents,
because God has that power.
In "Parents Day and This Age," given April 5, 1981, Father spoke about
the importance of this Holy Day.
Today is the 22nd Parents Day. Parents Day was established on
April 10, 1960 (author's note: according to the solar calendar).
After that came Children's Day, Day of All Things and God's Day.
According to the Principle, if Adam and Eve had not fallen,
centering on Parents Day and Children's Day, the Day of All
Things and God's Day would have all come into being at the same
time. Then, of course, the history of restoration would not have
been necessary. As a result of the fall, children have no
connection with parents, and the things of creation
have no connection with either parents or children or God.
Certainly, no true parents have been found in the world.
Salvation actually means saving the four heavenly days also. They
should have no origin other than God. The first Parents Day marks
the beginning of the transition from the old world to a new
world. This transition is not a concept; in the 21 years since
the first Parents Day, the world has really changed in dramatic
ways. There has been no comparable period in all history, and now
the completion of that transition is inevitable.
On October 1, 1960 (lunar calendar), Father established Children's
Day. The True Parents' Holy Blessing was an event which opened up the
gate for resurrection of all people in the spirit world and on earth
We who have found the gate, who have located the True Parents here on
earth, are fortunate people indeed.
On the foundation of Parents Day, God and True Parents established
Children's Day. It signifies that God and True Parents had their own
true children and on this basis, all humanity has the potential to
become engrafted to the True Family.
True Parents stand spiritually as the source of life. The world will
be reorganized into God's lineage by being grafted into the True
Father and True Mother and True Children of this universe. The
establishment of the True Family was the prerequisite for the
establishment of Children's Day. Before anyone can declare them self
to be a true child, they need the assent of three persons -- God, True
Father, and True Mother. To become true children, one must become
engrafted to the True Parents.
After the establishment of Parents' Day in 1960, April 17 was pro-
claimed as the Day of the Resurrection of Shimjung, (see this
chapter), signifying that a fallen person can comfort the heart of God
by becoming His son or daughter. True Father established Children's
Day on this basis. On the foundation of Children's Day, all humankind
can make an eternal relationship with True Parents.
The day we make our covenant with God is Children's Day.
The excerpt which follows is from the Day of All Things speech given
by Father on June 11, 1983, entitled "True Ownership," which was
printed in the July 1983 issue of Today's World.
Children's Day is the day of declaration on the part of children.
Unless this declaration exists, there is no way to enter the
realm of True Children. They all belong to Satan; he possesses
all things. Ever since
man fell, all things have been occupied by the false owner.
Therefore, we need a day through which all things will find their
way to true ownership again. All things naturally want to belong
to a righteous owner.
Below, Father is quoted on the significance of Children's Day from his
speech given on November 5, 1983. The speech was printed in the
December 1983 issue of Today's World.
Today is Children's Day, but what kind of children are we talking
about? We are talking about true children. Are you true children?
True children must be born in the realm of God's love, grow up
there and marry there, becoming perfected children of God. You
have already been born and you are a reality on this earth; since
you cannot ever go back and be physically born again, we must
create a way to achieve the same goal. The Unification Church
follows the process of indemnity. The True Father and Mother have
given physical birth to thirteen children. While those children
were growing within their mother's womb, the members of the
Unification Church took the position of spiritual twins. Although
they could not actually be inside the mother's womb, they could
feel that they were a twin to those True Children. To the Western
world such a concept is difficult to accept, but it is feasible
The true celebration of Children's Day is to rededicate ourselves
to this common purpose and age-old goal. Beyond race and creed,
we want to bring together as many children as possible who can
accept True Parents. We are proud to be here to celebrate on
Children's Day and proud to pledge ourselves to this common goal.
Day of All Things
God created all things for the human environment even before He
created man and woman. Yet after the fall, humans had to be restored
before all things. Therefore, until the establishment of both Parents
Day and Children's Day, Heavenly Father's restoration process could
not include the environment. However, on the victorious foundation of
True Parents' establishment of Parents Day and Children's Day, they
were able to begin restoration of the environment and established The
Day of All Things on May 1, 1963 (lunar calendar).
Romans 8:19-23 explains:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of
the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not
of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to
decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We
know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail
together until now; and not only the creation, but
we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan
inwardly as we wait for the adoption as sons, the redemption of
The desire of all things is to see the day when we can receive the
true love of God through human beings. All things of the creation are
looking forward to the fulfillment of the three basic loves: the love
of God, the parental love from true parents, and the love of the
children who receive this perfect love of God and parents.
Because of this day, the entire cosmos has become harmonized: God,
humanity, and all things. All things can find their real owner and all
humankind can give glory to God because we have the freedom to embrace
and love all things. Following our Father's example we should fulfill
our position as God's representatives and children and truly love all
Excerpted below is The Day of All Things speech, "True Ownership,"
given by Father on June 11, 1983. It appeared in the July 1983 Today's
In order to restore things from false to true ownership, we have
been doing fund raising in which we invest all our heart and
love. By Principle, we helped all things be restored into the
realm of true love. So, after Parents Day and Children's Day
could be announced, the Day of All Things could be proclaimed.
As we know from the book of Romans, all things are in
lamentation, sighing that they are in the hands of the wrong
ownership. So for ownership to come into the hands of God or the
country of God's dominion, it has to become dominated by true
love. True love is what all things want. They are really
disappointed and sighing because they are the prisoner and slave
of unrighteous ownership. In order for them to go back to the
true love dominion -- to the godly nation, tribe, clan, and
ultimately to the godly parents and children -- the only way is
for all things to be returned to the ownership of God.
Because of the fall, human beings could not realize God's three bless-
ings. Humankind also could not realize the perfection and ideal of the
individual, couple, parents, children, and ownership; True Parents
restored all this. On the foundation of Parents Day, Children's Day,
and The Day of All Things, True Parents established God's Day on
January 1, 1968. If Adam and Eve had achieved perfection, they would
have received God's Blessing. That day would have been a joyful day
for God; it would have been God's Day. God had been longing for His
own sons and daughters, and God's Day became a day
of exultation, because He could rejoice at having found His son and
If they had achieved the position of perfected true parents, Adam and
Eve would have established Parents Day. That day would also have been
the first Children's Day. Perfected Adam and Eve would have been true
owners, as well, and could have proclaimed The Day of All Things. In
this sense, their Blessing day would have been a combination of God's
Day, Parents' Day, Children's Day, and The Day of All Things. In
restoration, however, the four days had to be established one by one,
ending with God's Day.
Each country has its own holidays. For example, in the West many days
such as Father's Day and Mother's Day are celebrated. Yet no one had
ever proclaimed or celebrated a day for God. Religious leaders have
made many proclamations, but none mentioned this obvious omission,
which should be the most important holiday -- God's Day.
In the God's Day 1980 Midnight Speech, "Home Church Is the Base of the
Kingdom of Heaven," Father spoke about the significance of God's Day.
As you know, the human fall came in the perfection level of the
growth stage. Therefore the seven years Mother and I went through
together was the period to cross the growth stage to the
perfection stage, theperiod in which I would restore and install
Parents Day, Children's Day, and the Day of All Things.
Father is quoted below on the subject of God's Day from his untitled
God's Day morning speech given January 1, 1984.
The citizenship of this new nation will come from the youth of
the. whole world. True Father has called young people from all
over the world and blessed them as the new breed, so that they
can inherit a new blood lineage, the lineage of Heaven. They will
become new men and women, new couples and then citizens of this
new nation. So far we have God on the level of the individual,
family, and tribe. Thus we can celebrate God's Day on the
individual, family, and tribal level. But we must be able to
celebrate a national and worldwide God's Day! That is the goal we
are marching toward. Amen!
In the untitled God's Day morning speech given January 1, 1983, Father
expressed more thoughts about God's Day.
What kind of day is God's Day? For God, it is a joyful day and a
good day. He wants to encounter good people on this day. He wants
to bless you and celebrate this day with you, but actually, He has
no one qualified to receive that blessing. All around the world
people are celebrating this first day of the year, but only
members of the Unification Church celebrate it as God's Day.
Therefore, God wants to be with you this day.
We must celebrate God's Day with a solid content. Never before
has God had the chance to fully manifest His love throughout
history. God's Day gives Him the opportunity to show His love to
His children. God has been suffering for so long, awaiting this
opportunity. Love, which was supposed to be God's property, was
stained and stolen by Satan; ever since, it has been misused and
perverted by Satan for his own purposes. God has been desperately
seeking the day when that love would be purified and returned to
Him. Finally, that moment of restoration has come.
In order to make an offering, you need an altar. People
frequently fluctuate in spirit, sometimes up, sometimes down. But
once an offering is placed upon the altar, it remains there
forever. So you must have some offering in order to be really
acceptable to God. The offering will have value according to the
depth of heart and soul you invest in it; only in that way can
God acknowledge your sincerity and integrity, and accept your
Long in advance, you must begin to prepare for each new God's
Day, planning what to offer from the depths of your heart. In
this Completed Testament era, you make offerings which combine
all three levels. Your material gift is offered as the
fulfillment of the Old Testament era; your spiritual children
consummate the New Testament era; and when you offer yourselves
in the parental position, representing the Completed Testament
era, your offering becomes complete. Your children make a better
offering than things; but you yourselves are the best offering.
An offering is not limited to the time in which it is made. It
becomes the gift of all things of creation, the gift of the
children, and the gift of one's self.
Before you come to God's Day, repent of all your ungodliness and
sweep it away. If you have had quarrels in your family, cleanse
them and create harmony, before attending the celebration. You
should be able to offer your children; if they are not worthy,
they cannot come to celebrate God's Day. The Bible teaches that
before a person makes an offering before God, he or she must
first go and settle differences with others; otherwise he or she
is unworthy of making an offering.
Father spoke about what the original God's Day could have been like in
his speech, "Concerning the Significance of Four Major Ceremonies,"
given on January 1, 1973.
But for the human fall, if Adam and Eve had been perfected without
having anything to do with the fall or sin, the day they reached
their maturity would have been the day of utmost joy, both for God
and men. On that happiest day of their lives, God could have
blessed them in matrimony. That day could have been the
commencement of a beautiful family life. In that case, their
family would have represented all future families of the earth, as
a triumphant one composed of two opposite sexes, matured to
perfection. So that day could have been the day of joy for God and
for all the creation. This could have been God's Day. God would
have been overjoyed at the matrimony, and all together, the
archangels could have been joyful too. All creatures, centered on
God, could have enjoyed all the happiness there. This could have
been God's Day, on which God would have been delightfully happy.
It is because on the day they would have been blessed in holy
matrimony, our first human ancestors could have played the role of
True Parents to later humankind. God could have been proud of His
children in that position; and the whole creation could have
accepted and welcomed the men and women of perfection to take
dominion over it. According to the Principle of Creation, that day
could have simultaneously become God's Day, Children's Day, and
the Day of All Things.
True Parents' Birthday
The True Parents celebrate their mutual birthday, January 6, according
to the lunar calendar. It is considered one of the five major Holy
Days celebrated by our church worldwide.
Holidays of the Unification Church
In addition to the official Holy Days, church members should observe
several other landmark days.
A commemorative prayer service should be held on each of the following
days, all observed according to the solar calendar.
January 3 Day of Victory of Love
May 1 Establishment of HSA-UWC
May 20 Day of the Love of God
September 18 Foundation Day
October 4 Day of the Victory of Heaven
Pledge may be recited as part of the service, but it is not mandatory.
If possible, a later morning or (early) evening service should be
held, including a speech or sermon explaining the significance of the
Small offering tables may be made; a modest celebration meal, some
type of entertainment, or an outing may be planned. However, generally
these days are noted with less elaborate celebrations.
National Church Anniversary.
The day the church was established in each particular country should
also be celebrated by the members working there.
We celebrate Christmas on the same day as most Christians, December
25, even though this is not the actual date of Jesus' birth.
The observation of secular holidays, patriotic national holidays,
Thanksgiving, etc., is a matter of choice.
Significance of Each Holiday
Anniversary of the Establishment of HSA-UWC in Korea
On May 1, 1954, Father, with several early followers, established the
Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
(HSA-UWC) in Seoul at 391 Puk hak dong, Sung dong ku.
An article by Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak entitled "A Meaningful 30 Years,"
from Today's World, May 1984, explains the significance of the
founding of our movement.
The Unification movement was established not by Father but by God
Himself, to liberate God's agony and to fulfill His purpose of
creation on earth and in spirit world. The Unification movement
has a threefold purpose: to restore the past, solve the problems
of the present, and establish the ideal world. We must embrace
Christianity, Judaism, all other religions and all ideologies. We
must take on the responsibility to restore all past events, and
solve present world problems by laying indemnity (tang gam)
Father did not establish a church or a denomination. He started a
movement. Originally God did not expect a denomination or a
church to emerge from Father's work. Thus the original name of
our movement is the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification
of World Christianity.
The June 1984 Today's World printed the partial text of "Entering into
the True Unification Era," a message given on May 1, 1984, by Father,
commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of HSA-UWC. Excerpts from that
I want you to understand that I was supposed to have united the
Christians of Korea by the time I was thirty years old. Thus the
national level of unity would have been established by then.
However, because of the opposition and resistance of Korean
Christianity, that was not possible. Today we are celebrating the
day that the Unification Church reaches the age of thirty. After
reaching this age, we shall establish the worldwide foundation.
Today on this thirtieth anniversary of the Unification Church, we
are entering into the true unification era. So far, we have been
in the era of persecution. From this time on, we will experience
what it would have been like if Jesus had been totally welcomed
and accepted by the Israelites. By the same token, the acceptance
of the Unification Church by the world will begin from this day
forward. This is the turning point and beginning of the new era
The Day of Resurrection of Shimjung and
the Day of Resurrection of Substance
In the history of our church there are two important ceremonies which
may not be so well known to Western members. One is the Resurrection
of Shimjung and the other is the Resurrection of Substance.
It is not necessary to hold a commemorative service on April 17. It is
important, however, to understand the internal significance of these
days for our lives of faith. Just after Parents Day was established in
1960, True Parents proclaimed the Resurrection of Shimjung on April
17. This is an extremely significant day for us. It was the day on
which all Unification Church members who had accepted True Parents
inherited the potential to be restored as sons and daughters of the
True Parents on the shimjung level. "If you believe in me," Father
told-us that day, "spiritually you become my sons and daughters on the
Although members may not be aware of it at the time, they generally
pass through the stage of Resurrection of Shimjung before the
Blessing. All of us must begin life again through True Parents who are
the source of our life. We have been living a false life; therefore,
before we enter True Parents' womb, we must relate to them with
absolute love, not through a ceremony or external ritual.
How is it possible to become a child of the True Parents? The first
stage of developing our relationship with True Parents is to align our
hearts with theirs. A foundation for True Parents on the earth has
already been established; therefore, all people have the hope of
participating in resurrection. Since the Day of the Resurrection of
Shimjung, if a member does his or her absolute best, loving and
completely uniting with the True Parents in heart, he or she can build
a relationship of love with them, as their child.
All Unification Church members benefit from the proclamation of the
Day of the Resurrection of Shimjung whether or not they recognize it.
After the matching and engagement, we substantially enter the position
of adopted child and are (symbolically) in the womb of True Mother.
People pass through the stage of Resurrection of Substance as they
naturally become closer to True Parents in heart.
After the Resurrection of Shimjung, True Mother became pregnant with
Ye Jin Nim. Through the grace of the True Children each of us can in
heart enter True Mother's womb, i.e., the Resurrection of Substance.
Under this condition, we can resurrect substantially through the
change of blood lineage at our Blessing ceremony. Our personal
resurrection is completed through the Blessing on the foundation of
the True Parents' substantial resurrection proclamation.
On April 17, 1961, Father proclaimed the Day of Resurrection of
Substance. "If you obey Principle," he promised us that day, "you
become my true Cain-type sons and daughters." This means True Parents
become our true olive tree and we can engraft ourselves to them.
The 36 Couple Blessing was held on May 15, 1961, directly following
the proclamation of the Day of Resurrection of Substance.
Two important dates in the establishment of our worldwide foundation
were September 18, 1974, and September 18, 1976 -- the days we held
the Madison Square Garden and Washington Monument rallies,
respectively. June 1, 1976, witnessed the rally at Yankee Stadium. We
do not celebrate the anniversaries of these landmark days separately.
True Father proclaimed September 18 as "Foundation Day" and announced
that members should hold a special commemorative service on that day,
marking the victories of all three days.
In a speech printed in the December 1980 issue of Today's World
entitled "Commemoration of Washington Monument Rally," Rev. Chung Hwan
Kwak explains the significance of this day.
How could the Washington Monument rally connect to the worldwide
level indemnity (tang gam) condition? First of all, from the
viewpoint of God's dispensation, America has been prepared by God
as the country which represents the entire world at the time of
the Second Coming. Secondly, the bicentennial movement in America
forgot to mention God's ideal and true purpose. However, in the
midst of such circumstances, our True Parents were able to
organize and hold a meeting of worldwide representatives.
Centering on God, our meeting had the theme "God Bless America":
therefore, it had special significance among all the bicentennial
meetings. In 1976, America celebrated her 200th anniversary as a
These 200 years came symbolically at the end of the 2,000 years
of Christian history. The year 1976 is symbolically important in
God's dispensation not only because it was a culminating point of
the 2,000 years of Christian history and the 200 years of
American history, but also because True Father was able to
shorten his first 21 year course that same year. As we remember,
True Father proclaimed Year One beginning in February of 1977 and
was able to shorten the last seven year course. That is the
meaning of this moment in God's providential history.
After the victory of Washington Monument, anyone who believes in
True Parents -- no matter what their nationality -- is able to
stand on the eternal foundation of victory.
Secondly, from that point, Satan's destiny declined and Heavenly
Father's destiny increased. There is one thing I want to remind
you of concerning Heavenly Father's destiny. In the viewpoint of
the dispensation, God's power and influence may be increasing
while Satan's may be decreasing, but don't wait and hope for
miracles to happen at once, simply because we recognize that
Heavenly Father's destiny is now on the increase. These kinds of
miracles will not come quickly or easily.
Thirdly, True Parents want us to be able to inherit the
foundation of victory. Actually, our destiny of home church is
one of the most important results of the victory achieved at
Washington Monument. Each of us as a leader of our home church is
in the tribal messiah's position. Therefore, we need to recognize
how fortunate we are to be able to stand on this victorious
Day of the Victory of Heaven
On October 14, 1950, Father was released from prison in North Korea
and on October 4, 1955, from prison in South Korea. After the
Washington Monument victory, Father said the incredible suffering he
endured during his years in prison should no longer be emphasized.
Therefore, the Day of the Victory of Heaven (combining these two
significant days) should be celebrated jointly on October 4th.
The total of all conditions on the individual, family, national, and
worldwide levels to make a victorious foundation, not only the
suffering True Father had to undergo in North or South Korea, was
fulfilled at Washington Monument. Therefore, based on the accumulation
of his past sacrifice, Father established the Day of Victory of Heaven
on October 4, 1976.
On October 4, 1983, Father gave a speech entitled, "Day of Heavenly
Victory," which was printed in Today's World, November 1983.
The day when the persecution started to turn around was the day
when True Parents could put down their marker on the earth. We
could take the offensive against Satan and begin to work
positively for God, instead of passively taking persecution. That
was the first time True Parents' settlement could be established
and the possibility of your settlement came into being. Fighting
against Satan, the Parents established their eternal settlement
on the earth, and that was the Day of the Victory of Heaven. When
that happened, God was no longer limited to working only with the
vertical level, but was able to work horizontally as well.
You must realize that this Day of the Victory of Heaven is the
day when Heaven has the minimum foundation here on earth by which
God, the original plus being, and the original man and woman
could get together and realize God's ideal of creation. From that
small foundation onward, it can grow in strength. That is the
tremendous significance of this day. I want you to know that all
the work I have done was for the sake of this victorious day. The
victorious result of all my life is what I am about to give to
you by letting you work for the next three years. It is a
tremendous privilege for you to be able to inherit so much in
such a short time.
Please understand that you, too, must achieve your own-Day of
Victory of Heaven before you can achieve your perfect unity as a
couple with God. Unless you do that, you will not rise above the
situation you are in, and you will not be able to settle but will
live like gypsies.
Day of the Victory of Love
Day of Unification.
The Day of the Victory of Love was established on the foundation of
True Parent's worldwide victory and the sacrificial dedication of
Heung Jin Nim's life. The Day of Unification was proclaimed on
December 31, 1983.
Father's spoke about his installation of this ceremony in his midnight
address on January 1, 1984, "Creation of the Fatherland."
This morning I held a special service, called a Unification
Ceremony, in the hospital chapel. On the foundation of this
precious sacrifice, we called for the unity of the first, second
and third Israels -- Judaism, Christianity, and the Unification
Church. Also we called for the unity of Adam, Eve, and the
archangel nations, the unification of True Parents and their
family, the members of the Unification Church, as well as all the
races of the world. We called for total unification.
Day of the Victory of Love.
True Parents won victory in December 1983 through the VOC rally in
Korea as welt as through offering Heung Jin Nim's life and proclaiming
the Ceremony of Unification.
On this foundation, True Father proclaimed the Day of the Victory of
Love on January 3, 1984. We know that our True Parents have offered
their whole lives to God's will and are dedicated to the salvation of
humankind. Furthermore, True Parents offered Heung Jin Nim, their son
in the position of Abel who displayed the greatest loyalty and filial
piety. This was far more painful than offering their own lives, but it
was done centered on true love for the sake of all humankind.
True Parents ultimately shared everything with God and humanity.
Because of the true love of our True Parents and Heung Jin Nim's
condition of sacrifice, Satan has absolutely no basis on which to
accuse True Parents. Now the power of love can dominate the power of
Father spoke about establishing the Day of the Victory of Love on
January 3, 1984:
Today we are establishing the Day of the Victory of Love. It was
on October 4, 1976 that I declared the Day of Victory of Heaven
at Belvedere. God has been victorious, bul God has never yet
declared the Victory of Love.
Before, the realm of death controlled the realm of love, and the
power of death was stronger and reigned over the realm of love,
so that all those deaths were more powerful than love. The
direction they were headed for was hell. However, from now on,
love will control the realm of death. That means we will bring
back the people with love, and bring them back to heaven. This is
an incredible turning point.
All the tragic events of the satanic world shall be conquered by
love, and enter into the realm of love. No power under the sun
can infiltrate the power of love. Therefore, this morning Mother
and I offered that ceremony.
Heung Jin Nim's death is not an ordinary death at all; he
transformed himself into the victory of love. So it cannot be
treated as death in the ordinary secular fashion. Heung Jin Nim
is like a door-opener. He is conquering death. The time has now
come. I see that enough indemnity has been paid. Upon that
foundation, we can declare the Day of Victory of Love. When you
say this, think of Heung Jin Nim's spirit.
The following is excerpted from Col Bo Hi Pak's speech at Heung Jin
Nim's Seung Hwa Ceremony in Seoul, Korea, on January 8, 1984:
The Day of the Victory of Love announced at this time is to
commemorate the victory of God's love. Up to this point, the power
of death has reigned the world. But Heung Jin Nim's innocent and
sacrificial victory of love has enabled the power of love to
conquer the power of death. Now the physical and spiritual worlds
have perfectly become one.
This body is not to die but to "Seung hwa" and to win a victory
with love. True Parents overcame the power of death through the
power of love, and Heung Jin Nim has opened a gate for us to go
the way of the victory of love through realizing Father's
In his speech on January 15, 1984, Father spoke on the topic "The
Necessity for the Day of Victory of Love." Excerpts of that speech
Because Heung Jin Nim paved the way, we now have a wide open door
to save the communist and the free worlds. He sacrificed himself
on the national foundation level for the sake of the forthcoming
unity between the democratic and communist worlds. The accident
occurred in the Western world but he was buried in Korea; thus
his body is linked to both worlds. His body returned to his
homeland, which was the national foundation, and he died for the
sake of the world. Since he was living on the victorious national
foundation and he died on that foundation, he will be able to
travel back and forth from spirit world. He will be able to work
here on the national level and move on to the worldwide level.
There is a far greater foundation made for the land of settlement
than in the time of Jesus. Now the door towards the salvation of
humanity has been opened far wider because of Heung Jin Nim's
sacrifice. Even Jesus could not establish the national level
because he could not establish the position of True Parents. But
Heung Jin Nim had True Parents, who laid the national foundation
for him to inherit.
The spirit world, the physical world, and the True Parents are
loving Heung Jin Nim. Upon the total sacrifice of Heung Jin Nim
for the sake of those two passengers in his car, which symbolize
the free and communist worlds, I am proclaiming that he obtained
the victory of love. I will now physically save the free world
and the communist world. Furthermore, I am declaring the
resurrection of love. In this way, the realm of death has no more
That is why I declared that the funeral of Heung Jin Nim should
be entirely different from any others. It was to be a joyful
celebration, even like a wedding day. Furthermore, I declared the
Day of the Victory of Love. I never had the time to think in
terms of my own son dying but rather how this victory would
benefit God and hurt Satan's realm. Thus I concentrated upon
making many conditions to lead into making the declaration of
that Day of the Victory of Love.
The Day of the Victory of Love is that day in which the True
Parents have reached a new level and are marching forward upon
the foundation of Heung Jin Nim's sacrifice.
At 4:00 a.m. on January 3, 1984, I declared the Day of the
Victory of Love. The number represented by that time is
significant -- 4 plus I (the 1st month) plus 3 equals 8, the
number for renewal. Heung Jin Nim has been given a new mission.
He is a truly free man now, able to travel between the spirit
world and the physical world. So his mission is to lead young
people in both realms, cleansing them by the power of love.
The Day of the Victory of Love is the most significant day in our
movement. You too must manifest the true love of God in your
deeds. Without a truly loving spirit, you cannot be worthy of
this special day.
Through this event, the Unification Church will never be weakened
but will leap forward. This greatest sacrifice will bring about
greater victories. From now on, centering on the True Parents and
upon the declaration of the Day of the Victory of Love,
vindication will come to us. The power of love will be your
vindication because Heung Jin Nim died for all of us and he
opened the door so that everyone can be entitled to the privilege
Now your duty is to love the True Parents even more than Heung
Jin Nim did. If you have that as your criterion, the power of
death will be no more and Satan will retreat. Up until now, Satan
was able to conquer and control love but from now on, love shall
be governed by God. This is a great, great day.
If you listen again to these points, you will understand these
profound truths which I am telling you. Basically I am telling
you that the power of love is now able to conquer the power of
death. Upon this foundation, I declared the Day of the Victory of
Love. The satanic world will crumble faster now, but the speed
will be determined by you -- the faster you move, the faster it
will crumble. That is your responsibility.
Due to the Day of the Victory of Love, Esau is freed to love
Jacob; Cain can love Abel. Previously, great indemnity had to be
paid by Abel in order to love Cain. Cain was never in a position
to love Abel even though he might have wanted to because satanic
forces were always dictating to Cain whom he could love. But now
the love of God has come down and Cain can freely love Abel. In
other words, Satan's power over love has been greatly diminished.
Day of the Love of God
The Day of the Love of God was proclaimed on May 16, 1984, at 12:54
am. In Father's prayer on Sunday, May 20, 1984 (the official
announcement of this day to the membership), he expressed the
significance of this day:
Through the unity on the family level expressed then (May 16) at
East Garden, today can be connected with that day of historical
Because of the unity between True Parents on earth and Heavenly
Father, Heung Jin, and Jesus in the spirit world, all 120 nations
in the spirit world and all 120 nations on earth now have the
right to resurrection.
Due to satanic love, we lost the sovereignty of God. But now, at
this historical peak of tang gam, centering on the love of True
Parents and the love of God, we restore this lost historical
heritage and are able to declare the Day of the Love of God.
I proclaim that we stand united in the shimjung territory, with
one mind and one ideal.
May God, True Parents, True Children and all Blessed Families be
united centered on the sovereignty of God's love. Let us form one
heritage and march forward together.