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					Chapter 3

Tradition
A. Major Holy Days
1) True Parents’ Day                    03.01.1960*
2) True Children’s Day                  10.01.1960*
3) Day of All True Things               05.01.1963*
4) True God’s Day                       01.01.1968
5) True Parents’ Birthday      01.06.1920* and 1943*
6) Foundation Day for the Nation
   of the Unified World                 10.03.1988
7) Declaration Day of God’s
   Eternal Blessing (7.1 Jeol)          07.01.1991
8) Declaration Day of the Realm of
   Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents
   of Heaven and Earth (7.8 Jeol)       07.07.1997*
B. Pledge Service
 1) Significance
 a) Attending God and True Parents
 b) The indemnity condition to restore Peter’s
    3denials of Jesus
       Originally 3 times but today only one time
       bowing down
 2) Time
 a) Holy Days                                7:00 a.m.
 b) Ahn Shi Il and the first day of each month 5:00a.m.
 3) Dress
C. Services
 1) Sunday services
   Sunday service offers an opportunity for me to
   offer myself to God, dividing the good and evil
   in my mind.
   This is an especially appropriate time to offer
   repentance to God for the past week and to
   affirm my determination to serve Him in the
   coming week.

 2) Daily services
D. Tithing

   1) Significance
     Tithing comes from the biblical tradition of
     donating one-tenth of one’s income to God.
     The Unification Church tradition of tithing
     also includes making offering with an
     attitude of attendance to God.
     Our donation to serve God and the
     worldwide providence should be our first
     priority.
2) Amount of tithe
  Since originally all things belonged to God, our
  minimal attitude of attendance should be to
  offer at least one-tenth of all our things to God.
  Through this conditional offering, the remaining
  nine-tenths of our possessions become godly.
  In September 1991, Father initiated a tithe of
  30%: 10% for the world level, 10% for the
  national level, and 10% for the church level.
3) Types of tithes

a) Tithe of time
   God anticipates a minimum donation of three-
   tenths of our time as a commitment to fulfill His
   Will.
b) Financial tithes
   We should donate three-tenths (at least one-tenth)
   of the net amount of our income.
c) Holy Day donations
   The amount of money offered is an individual
   decision. However, it is recommended
   to offer the amount of a Principled number.
E. Indemnity Fund

 Fallen people owe a debt to God because of the
 denial, betrayal and murder of the Messiah, Jesus.
 Judas “sold” Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
 Each Unification Church member must fulfill a
 condition of offering the Indemnity Fund four times.
F. Holy Songs

  Singing Holy Songs is like a prayer with
  melody. We should sing it meditating on the
  Heart and situation of God and True Parents,
  then we can feel unity with them in heart.
G. Holy Salt

 1) Significance
    In order to purify the environment and all things
 2) Using Holy Salt
    From the Declaration Ceremony for the Beginning
    of the Nation of the Fourth Israel, August 20th,
    2003, when we are going to use the Cheon Il Guk
    holy salt, we should sprinkle the holy salt three
    times as in the past, and pray, “I sanctify [this] in
    the name of the cosmic parent and the parents of
    Heaven and Earth, the True Children’s families,
    and [your name] , owner of Cheon Il Guk .”
H. Holy Grounds

 Symbolically, Holy Grounds are God’s territory.
 In our prayers, we should visualize Holy Grounds
 extending over the whole nation and ultimately the
 whole world.
 A Holy Ground is a representative area of a nation
 or a city. It is God’s place, a place where He is
 more free to hear our prayers.
I. Unification Church Symbol

 1) Circles
   The center circle symbolizes God, truth,
   life, and light. These four elements reach
   out or radiate to the whole cosmos in
   twelve directions.
   The outer circle represents the harmony of
   GRA, the Principle of the cosmos.
2) The square
  The square represents the
  Four Position Foundation.
3) Colors
  Red represents power, energy and positivity.
  White, the background color, symbolizes purity
  and holiness.
J. Hoon Dok Hae



   Hoon     Dok      Hae
“Hoon” means “teaching”; “Dok” means “reading”;
“Hae” means “gathering.”
Hoon Dok Hae Matelials are the Completed
Testament message directly from God.
We have such an absolutely priceless Word.
We should value it, and not only value it for
ourselves, but spread it to others.

				
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