The Consecration Prayer and Presentation of Sacred Objects officiated by Kyoshu-sama were held on August 10 in the headquarters altar room.
First, the Consecration Prayer took place with the presence of Masaaki-sama, Kyoshu-sama’s successor, and with the attendance of President Narii representing the Church. The solemn posture with which Kyoshu-sama consecrated the objects was filled with the strictness of wholeheartedly serving God and Meishu-sama.
In the Presentation of the Sacred Objects with the presence of Mayumi-okusama and Masaaki-sama, Kyoshu-sama presented divine scrolls, divine images of Meishu-sama and Ohikari 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 duty 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 true 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.
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 all the 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 can be done 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.