The Consecration Prayer and Presentation of Sacred Objects officiated by Kyoshu-sama were held on November 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. Kyoshu-sama’s dignified voice and figure filled the room with such an atmosphere of tension and awe that it was as if even my heartbeat could be heard.
In the Presentation of Sacred Objects with the presence of 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 truly 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.