Italy: Heavenly Parent’s Day Celebration
By Sergio Coscia, FFWPU Italy
This year, we decided to celebrate Heavenly Parent’s Day not one, but three times! The first time, by welcoming the 1st day of the new Heavenly Calendar (based on the lunar calendar) with a prayer at home, on February 16th. The second time, on the same day, in the evening: several families could hold a special service, with prayer and meditation; we read together the Family Pledge (both in Korean and in Italian).
On Sunday February 18th, we gathered for our Sunday Service and held a Celebration with families who could not meet on previous Friday. We were all very inspired by our True Mother’s words, who encourages us to live every moment with joy and delight, the right way to never get old! In this 6th year of Cheon Il Guk, we determined to create a truly joyful environment, wherever we are, for anyone who meets us to be inspired.
After a joyful Eog Mansei and cutting the festive cake, we all shared a delicious lunch and spent the afternoon offering songs, dances, funny stories… We met as one big family, and our wish is to welcome more and more people in our family. This is our determination. Thank you very much and we wish you all the best for a truly victorious year!
By Franco Ravaglioli, FFWPU Italy
On Sunday February 18, 2018, the community of Bergamo met in the polyvalent / auditorium theater of Orio al Serio (Bergamo) to celebrate the 51st Day of the Celestial Parent, the coronation ceremony of the Kingship of God, the birthday of the True Parents.
The celebration began at 10:30, with the Pledge of Families followed by some songs offered by the True Voices choir that prepared the spiritual atmosphere for what it was then the central message offered by the Pastor of the community of Bergamo, Adosco Comito, on the meaning of the three festivities.
At the end of the morning meeting three Mansei were offered: for the Celestial Parent, for the True Parents and for the victory of the sixth year of Cheon Il Guk.
After lunch shared with the community, we met again inside the theater to attend the scheduled entertainment planned for the afternoon. The Stereotipi musical band was the first to performe, they proposed live music; then the ASD Orientalya dance group performed several oriental and hawayan dances and this ended the celebration day.