By Ambassador Philbert Seka, FFWPU Sao Tome e Principe
On Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Headquarters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification of Heavenly Sao Tome e Principe, the commemorative ceremony of the 58th Day of All True Things took place. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Ambassador of Cheon Il Guk of the Heavenly Sao Tomé e Principe, Rev Philbert Seka Seka and the Central Blessed Families as well as the young people of IAYSP who recently joined our movement as new members. A total of 70 people took part. The celebration was marked by the participation of a mostly young people and it was an opportunity for them to learn more about the heavenly tradition.
The ceremony began with the raising of the flag of the Federation of Cheon Il Guk under the National anthem of Cheon Il Guk sung in coreen by the young members. After the Holy Songs and the Hymn of Cheon Il Guk, the Rev Seka lit the Holy Candle followed by the full kyeongbae to the True Parents and then the Family Pledge in unison. Ambassador Seka Seka offered the representative prayer and cut the cake offered for the commemoration. Members watched the weekly news through PeaceTV.
For the occasion, Ambassador Philbert Seka, in his message extracted from Book 11 of Cheon Seong Gyeong on the Holy Days, recalled the sacrifice of the True Parents behind the history and importance of the establishment of the Holy Days and their celebration as a tradition of our Movement. He mentioned the 3 Great Blessings that God gave to our first leaders, Adam and Eve, who constitute the fulfillment of His Ideal. But unfortunately, they they failed and all was lost. Related to True Creation Day, Ambassador Seka read the Message of True Parents which states:
“On this Day of all True Things, let us not forget that, even though we have established the Day of God, we have so far been unable to bind ourselves with all things and bring them under the reign of God. That is why, today, the things of the created world must not be the exclusive possession of this or that person. To belong to God, they must go through the stages of restoration as offerings made in the name of the True Parents.”
“The responsibility to release all things is on our shoulders, because it is we who have plunged them into the field of lamentations…”
To conclude his message, Ambassador Seka added that the tradition of celebrating Holy Days must be respected in every family, community and nation. The fruits of the Altar were shared to everyone. The youth sung 2 songs followed by 3 Oeg Mansei.
The 21-day seminar’s certificates were given symbolically to 2 participants to mark the end of the seminar. The ceremony ended with a family photo.