The Consecration Prayer and Presentation of Sacred Objects officiated by Kyoshu-sama were held on June 9 in the headquarters altar room.
First, the Consecration Prayer solemnly took place. In the presence of Masaaki-sama, Kyoshu-sama’s successor, and with the attendance of President Narii representing the Church, Kyoshu-sama consecrated divine images of Meishu-sama. While offering his prayers at the altar, his posture was filled with the strictness of serving God and the solemnity of serving in the sole, irreplaceable position of Kyoshu-sama.
Afterwards, the Presentation of the Sacred Objects took place. In the presence of Mayumi-okusama and Masaaki-sama, Kyoshu-sama presented divine scrolls, divine images of Meishu-sama, Ohikari and so forth to President Narii.
The Consecration Prayer is a holy ritual that has been held since Meishu-sama’s lifetime. By Meishu-sama consecrating the Ohikari, a simple material object of this physical world becomes a genuinely pure and sacred object.
After Meishu-sama’s ascension, this sacred role has been passed down uninterrupted to successive Kyoshu-samas: Nidai-sama, Sandai-sama and through today to our Fourth Spiritual Leader Yoichi Okada, Yondai Kyoshu-sama.
It is precisely because the successive Kyoshu-samas have officiated the Consecration Prayer as the Masters of Rituals and Ceremonies that we followers can wear the Ohikari and that the divine scrolls and divine images of Meishu-sama are appropriate pure and sacred objects that can be dedicated on the altar.
Also, the presentation of divine scrolls and Ohikari is a holy ritual that has been officiated by Kyoshu-sama as determined in Sekai Kyusei Kyo’s Church Rule No. 2, Item 7 that states, “Kyoshu grants the divine scrolls and Ohikari.” Currently, of the many groups around the world that share a faith in Meishu-sama, the only one that can receive divine scrolls and Ohikari granted by Kyoshu-sama is us, we of World Church of Messiah.
It is precisely because Kyoshu-sama presents the sacred objects—Kyoshu-sama who inherits and carries out the sacred work of Meishu-sama—that our daily religious and spiritual activities as well as enshrinements and prayers for our ancestors can be carried out in a reverent, pure manner.
For us with faith in Meishu-sama, we cannot but think how truly grateful we are to be united with Kyoshu-sama who inherits and carries out the sacred work of Meishu-sama.