On September 1, the September Monthly Service took place at the World Church of Messiah headquarters. Under the presence of Kyoshu-sama and with Mayumi-okusama and Masaaki-sama, Kyoshu-sama’s successor, in attendance, members from the Hokuriku-Kansai Region gathered for the service.
The service began at 11:30 am. Kyoshu-sama entered the altar and read aloud the opening prayer to God. After he presented the pine branch (symbol of appreciation), he offered Words of Prayer by himself – this service being the first time. Next, everyone prayed together the Amatsu Norito.
Continuing on, the Monthly Ancestor Memorial Service took place at the Ancestral Shrine, with Kyoshu-sama reading aloud the opening prayer. After he offered the pine branch, everyone prayed the Zengen Sanji. Then, a prayer was said at the newly deceased ancestral shrine, also.
Next, everyone sang Meishu-sama’s hymns to God. After hearing the Sacred Word “Religious view on the issue of birth control,” everyone received Johrei from Kyoshu-sama.
After a brief recess, Masaaki-sama stood to deliver his greeting entitled, “Boundless love.” He boldly gave guidance on Meishu-sama’s true wish in leaving for us the matters of Johrei, Nature Farming/Natural Foods, Art and the Sacred Grounds with a passionate heart and words of sincerity. After he finished his greeting, the service came to a close.
From seeing Kyoshu-sama’s posture serving God as Master of Rituals and Ceremonies and hearing the message full of vigor delivered by Masaaki-sama who truly seeks Meishu-sama’s will, the attendees of the service renewed their conviction that Kyoshu-sama and Masaaki-sama are no doubt the true successors of Meishu-sama and existences that guide us on the true path.