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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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