I. True Father’s Holy Ascension and True Mother’s Devotions in Remembrance of True Father
1. Universal Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon, the True Parent of Heaven, Earth and Humankind
True Father ascended on the 17th day of the 7th month in the third year of Cheon-gi (the Heavenly Foundation) (Sep. 3, 2012) after victoriously concluding his 93-year life-long providence. During True Father’s Ip-jeon ceremony, held the day before the Seonghwa Ceremony, True Mother made the determination, “I will strive to establish Cheon Il Guk on earth until my last breath.” It is with this determination that she presided over the Seonghwa Ceremony held on the 29th day of the 7th month by the heavenly calendar (Sep. 15, 2012) at Cheongshim Peace World Center.
The Seonghwa Ceremony, on the cosmic level of heaven and earth, of the True Father of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind—the Lord of Truth, Holiness and Virtue in Cheon Il Guk, King of Myriad Victories for the Sake of the Whole—was conducted over a total of thirteen days. During this period, leaders from 31 different religious groups from home and abroad, heads of state leaders as well as blessed families from around the word paid tribute to True Father. It became a time of a new beginning, with everyone reminiscing over True Father’s teachings, love, and work. Members made the determination to follow Father’s life and teachings and to establish Cheon Il Guk.
The significance of True Father’s Holy Ascension can be summarized in three great parts. As everyone will agree, True Father’s Holy Ascension was an expression of his complete investment and work at the risk of his life for the sake of true love. True Father was both the incarnation of God and a human being with a physical body. Hence, he also had to experience his birth, old age, and even sickness and death. He practiced an overwhelming life of true love for humanity throughout his life, not taking care of imself in the process. He demonstrated a model life course of a pioneer who exhausts his body for the sake of God’s liberation and the salvation of humanity. Having whole-heartedly dedicated his entire life to practicing true love and living for the sake of others, True Father was not able to take care of his own physical body. He had designated the specific date of Foundation Day ahead of time, but was also aware that he might go to the spirit world before that day. Hence, he always lived as if he did not have enough time, focusing every single minute and second preparing for that day.
“Despite his advanced age, he would never rest day and night wherever he went, pushing beyond his physical limits as well as overcoming time differences—in order to offer deep devotion and speak even a little more to the people. It was quite common to see True Father preside over a big gathering or rally immediately after returning to Korea from overseas. For True Father, taking a much needed break was something unthinkable.” (8.8 in the 3rd year of Cheon-gi, Sep. 23, 2012, summary of True Mother’s message)
In addition, True Father’s Holy Ascension encloses the preparations made for the much anticipated Foundation Day. True Father said, “I have accomplished everything!” Foundation Day stands upon the foundation of the completion, conclusion and perfection of True Father’s portion of responsibility. Beginning from the Enthronement of God’s Kingship, True Parents prepared for Foundation Day over the course of 12 years. They conducted numerous providential activities such as rallies, proclamations, ceremonies, meetings, establishment of organizations, campaigns, workshops, activities etc., and gained victorious results from these activities by perfecting, completing, and concluding their portion of responsibility. When True Father said, ‘I have accomplished everything!’, it meant that True Father had completed, concluded and perfected the final preparations upon which the substantial Cheon Il Guk would begin.
Finally, True Father’s Holy Ascension also encompasses the cosmic Foundation Day event. By conducting the Cosmic Marriage Ceremony of God and the Cosmic Holy Marriage of True Parents from a position of oneness in heart, oneness in body, oneness in harmony, and oneness in core, True Father and True Mother ensured that Foundation Day became the beginning and origin of the substantial Cheon Il Guk on the cosmic level. Accordingly, Foundation Day was proclaimed at the same time by True Father in heaven and True Mother on earth, marking the start of the era of the substantial Cheon Il Guk on the cosmic level, a time that brought together both the spirit world and physical world. At long last, just as Family Pledge #5 states, the time has come for us to advance the unification of the spirit world and physical world as subject and object partners, and to further accelerate it at a rapid pace.
True Father: “Do I have to go to the spirit world or not? Should I go quickly to the spirit world or after some time? The era of the completion of the ideal God had envisioned has not started yet. The spirit world is not educated either. I have to educate them. I am the only person who can arrange this. The physical world here is just a station to pass through. (Jun. 4, 2007)
True Father: We must finish everything by Jan. 13, 2013. Even if I don’t live until that time, this Will must remain intact and be realized. I will go to the spirit world and mobilize all the spiritual people to raise a revolution.” (Jan. 21, 2007)
2. True Mother’s Devotions in Remembrance of True Father
Three days following True Father’s Universal Seonghwa Ceremony, True Mother held the Three-Day Memorial Service together with the Special Unification Church World Leaders Assembly at Cheongshim Peace World Center on 8.2 in the 3rd year of Cheon-gi (Sep. 17, 2012). She particularly presented the work of inheriting True Parents’ tradition, the completion of the blessed family ideal, the completion of our mission and responsibility as tribal messiahs, building communities based on the culture of heart, etc. as the future direction to be taken by the Unification Movement, calling all participants to keep advancing without stop. Beginning on the day of True Father’s Universal Seonghwa Ceremony until the 40-Day Memorial Service, for a period of 40 days, True Mother served three meals to True Father, and offered devotions for the realization of Cheon Il Guk in complete unity with True Father in heaven.
Right after the 40-Day Memorial Service, True Mother went on a holy ground pilgrimage, to follow the footsteps True Father took in the 1970s, travelling a total distance of 5,600 km from Las Vegas to New York. Once she returned to Korea, True Mother immediately began the work of passing on their tradition by preparing for Foundation Day, compiling the Cheon Il Guk scriptural volumes, promulgating the Cheon Il Guk Constitution, as well as raising capable people from around the world.
True Mother: “True Father and I will finish God’s providential history through oneness in heart, body, mindset and harmony. At this time when True Father begins his new journey in the spirit world, we who are in the physical world, must keep pace with Father in rendering glory to Heaven, and completely putting ourselves on the line, investing everything for the establishment of Cheon Il Guk.”
to be continued