21 March 2019 / 1 Bahá 176
To all the friends in Nanaimo
We wish to convey to each and every one of you our heartfelt prayers that divine confirmations may descend upon you at this spiritual springtime, this joyous festival of Naw-Rúz. As the beloved Master, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, has said, “every day spent in remembrance of God, in the promotion of fellowship, and in service to humankind is a blessed festival.”*
Following the upcoming celebrations, the Assembly will be seeking your reflections on carrying out the Holy Days whether as individuals, teams or neighbourhood groups. In order to assist you in the reflection process, please find below some guidance and questions that will be part of the upcoming Feast consultation as well as to use in your team and group reflections.
We look forward to hearing your insights a summary of which will be shared with you at a subsequent Feast.
THE SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHÁÍS OF NANAIMO
*Naw-Rúz 2016, letter written by the Universal House of Justice to the followers of Bahá’u’lláh in the Cradle of the Faith
“The adoption of a new calendar in each dispensation is a symbol of the power of Divine Revelation to reshape human perception of material, social, and spiritual reality. Through it, sacred moments are distinguished, humanity’s place in time and space reimagined, and the rhythm of life recast.”
(10 July 2014 message of the Universal House of Justice)
“With respect to the question as to when the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh is to be commemorated, the House of Justice has decided that the friends are free to hold commemorations at any time during the Baha’i day, that is, the period of sunset to sunset. This applies to all Holy Days for which a designated time for its observance has not been specified, namely, the Births of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb, Naw-Rúz, and the Ninth and Twelfth Days of Ridvan, and to the Day of the Covenant as well.”
(10 February 2010 letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual)
“Holy Day commemorations hold a special position in this regard. The Tablets recited, and the prayers, stories, songs, and sentiments voiced—all of them expressions of love for those sacred Figures Whose lives and missions are being remembered—stir the heart and fill the soul with awe and wonder…Celebrating these bicentenaries is sure to increase appreciation for how the observance of Holy Days, now according to a calendar that unites the friends o f God everywhere, strengthens Bahá’í identity.”
(29 December 2015 message of the Universal House of Justice)
“As indicated in the 29 December message, these Holy Days should be viewed as special opportunities for the friends to reach out to the widest possible cross-section of society and to all those with whom they share a connection—whether through a family tie or common interest, an occupation or field of study, neighbourly relations or merely chance acquaintance—so that all may rejoice in the appearance, exactly two hundred years before, of One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind.”
(18 May 2016 message of the Universal House of Justice)