The Consecration Prayer and Presentation of Sacred Objects officiated by Kyoshu-sama were held on January 12 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. Kyoshu-sama’s appearance as he offered the prayers in a solemn voice was reminiscent of Meishu-sama.
Next, 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. 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.
Kyoshu-sama holds the position of Kyoshu, who guides us to Meishu-sama’s truth, as well as the position of Master of Rituals and Ceremonies, who offers prayers to God and Meishu-sama as our representative.
It is precisely because the successive Kyoshu-samas, as the Masters of Rituals and Ceremonies, have consecrated material objects such as divine scrolls, divine images of Meishu-sama and Ohikari that they are appropriate pure and sacred objects that can be dedicated on the altar. No one can be a substitute for Kyoshu-sama and hold the Consecration Prayer.
In other words, without Kyoshu-sama officiating the Consecration Prayer, divine scrolls, divine images of Meishu-sama and Ohikari would be mere objects, and it could be said that our daily activities of faith including guiding non-members and praying would all be in vain.
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. Kyoshu-sama is the only one who inherits and carries out the sacred work of Meishu-sama. It is precisely because we are under his leadership that we can walk on this path of true faith in Meishu-sama.
For us with faith in Meishu-sama, being united with Kyoshu-sama cannot be replaced by anything, and we cannot help but be truly grateful for this.