Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition of the Lifetime Achievements of True Parents
*This is an article by FFWPU Korean HQ Weekly News (Publisher Kyeong Seuk Ryu, Editor Sung Il Cho)
Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition of the Lifetime Achievements of True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind commemorating the Third Anniversary of Cosmic Seonghwa
True Parents presided over the event and gave benediction, with more than two hundred leaders from all parts of the world in attendance
True Parents’ Benediction given at the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition of the Lifetime Achievements of True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind
“Today is the day on which the Exhibition of the Lifetime Achievements of True Parents has been opened in commemoration of the fifty-seventh anniversary of mission work in Japan and the fifty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Unification Church, with the third anniversary of Seonghwa almost upon us.
True Parents have walked the historic course of fifty-seven years of blood, sweat and tears in order to establish Japan, the enemy nation, at the center of the Providence, and they have always worked together with the Japanese Unification Church to make it what it is today.
Father! Please help the people of Japan to practice the true love of living for the sake of others, the example of which you have set before us, so that they can indemnify every disloyalty they have shown in the course of Providential history, and please guide them to stand at the center of the mainstream of Providential history.
Father! How hard have you worked to give birth to Blessed families, who can fulfill the promise to achieve the one world of peace, the one united world, which is the realization of the wish of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind?
When we look upon the items exhibited here today, we can realize only too keenly how hard God has worked and how much effort and devotion He has given until now to embrace humankind. Please help all members of the Unification Church to follow in the footsteps of True Parents, so that they can do their utmost best and spur themselves on more and more in carrying out the work of establishing Cheon Il Guk.
We hope and pray that you will embrace all Blessed families living together with you in this proud age, and help them to make a firm resolution as of this moment of this day and to translate their resolution into action, so that they can receive the award of being your proud filial sons and daughters and your loyal followers.
We sincerely hope to become people who no longer desire to only receive, but who can instead share out what we have to others and embrace the seven billion world population.
Beloved True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind, Father! We love you. We pray that you will hold us all in your embrace, so that we can become proud Blessed families and second and third generations who can follow in the footsteps you have trod before us, as you set an example of the life we need to live. We also hope that all these items we have prepared will be a source of comfort and of joy both to you and to us. I report this in True Parents’ name. Aju!”
True Mother hopes in her benediction that we can embrace the seven billion world population
The opening ceremony of the “Exhibition of the Lifetime Achievements of True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind”, commemorating the third anniversary of the Cosmic Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon, True Parent of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind, was held at the first-floor lobby of Cheongshim Peace World Center under the guidance of True Parents on July 14 by heavenly calendar (August 27 by solar calendar) at 3 p.m..
Through the benediction she gave on this day, True Mother conveyed an encouraging message as she explained the meaning of the Exhibition, by saying, “Let this be an exhibition that will help us realize only too keenly how hard God has worked and how much effort and devotion He has given until now to embrace humankind, so that all members of the Unification Church can follow in the footsteps of True Parents and do their utmost best and spur themselves on more and more in carrying out the work of establishing Cheon Il Guk.”
The event held on this day was attended by more than two hundred people, including World President Yeon Ah Moon of Women’s Federation for World Peace, Chairperson Hoon Sook Moon of Universal Culture Foundation, World Vice-president In Seob Park of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (hereafter FFWPU), World Vice-president Joon Seok Ahn, Korean Church President Gyeong Seok Yu, Japanese Church General President Yong Cheon Song and other continental directors, leaders of Providential organizations, and participants of the First Global Top Gun Workshop.
The opening ceremony, emceed by Japanese Church President Eiji Tokuno, was begun with the entrance of True Mother, followed by her benediction, tape-cutting, and taking of commemorative photographs. After the ceremony, True Mother moved to the Exhibition Hall set up on the second floor of Cheongshim Peace World Center, and after being presented with bouquets, she walked around the exhibition together with major leaders and looked at the exhibited objects with great attention. When she reached the fifth section, she even sat down on the chair placed in front of the exhibition panel to watch a video of her giving a speech in Japan to the very end before moving on.
Afterwards, True Mother moved to Cheon Jeong Gung Museum and, after participating in the tape-cutting together with major leaders in front of the Cheon Jeong Gung Museum Exhibition Hall, she also had a look around it.
An Exhibition of True Parents’ Providence in Japan seen at a Glance
The Exhibition of the Lifetime Achievements of True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind, opened with the blessings of True Parents, will be held under the title, “Providence in Japan and the Footsteps of True Parents”, for five days from July 14 to July 18 by heavenly calendar (8.27~8.31) at Cheongshim Peace World Center and Cheon Jeong Gung Museum.
The Exhibition prepared under the leadership of FFWPU-Japan was planned with the intention of particularly introducing the Providential work carried out centering on Japan by True Parents from among all the victories and triumphs they achieved during their lifetime, and the course of faith of the Japanese members who participated in this work, in order to prepare the starting ground for education to achieve the victory of Vision 2020.
The exhibition in Cheongshim Peace World Center has been divided into nine chronological sections, from the time of True Father’s studying abroad in Japan to the Providence being recently carried out centering on True Mother, and a tenth section has been added under the theme, “Memorable photographs and testimonies with True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind & Photo Zone”, which sections have been set up in the form of panels in the second-floor hallway. At the center of each section, a video clip showing True Parents at each time period is screened to add more liveliness.
In Cheon Jeong Gung Museum, more than 120 items are exhibited, which give testimony to all major events and achievements in the Providence carried out in Japan, from when True Father studied in Japan in his teens to when he dispatched missionaries, as well as displays of the process of receiving an official permit as a religious organization, the first editions of the Explanation of the Divine Principle and the Exposition of the Divine Principle, and True Father’s visits to Japan and True Mother’s speaking tour across all parts of Japan.
In addition, exhibited in six separate sections are the articles of clothing True Father wore at the time of his first visit to Japan in 1965, the holy salt he used when he chose holy grounds during his world tour, the soil he brought back from holy grounds, letters exchanged between leaders, and a writing personally written and bestowed by True Father after the Blessing of Japanese Church President Osami Kuboki, which says “Lover of Japan and Origin of Loyalty and Filial Piety (日本之情 忠孝之源)”.
Among the exhibited items that attract the attention of visitors are such items as the wallet True Father gave True Mother to be cherished as his other self when she set out for her tour of Japan in 2002, as well as the writing of “Mansei for the Perfection of One Hundred Sixty Thousand People”, which True Father wrote on the blackboard of the great hall of Guri Central Training Center at the conclusion of the Japanese Women Leaders’ Workshop on November 20, 1994, and which has been preserved together with his autograph.
In the Exhibition Hall prepared at Cheon Jeong Gung Museum, more than sixty rare and valuable items are exhibited in all their splendor thanks particularly to the earnest cooperation and support of the Japanese Unification Church, including the writings bestowed at the time of the selection of eight holy grounds in Japan and other such occasions, and speeches from major events.
Meanwhile, one of the staff of the Exhibition Hall stated that, in the True Parents’ Relics Exhibition Hall situated opposite the “Providence in Japan and the Footsteps of True Parents” Exhibition, a permanent exhibition has been maintained from the Foundation Day of the first year of Cheon Il Guk until now, and that at this time they have newly renovated the exhibition by changing about forty percent of the exhibited relics.
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