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Baha’i Devotional Gathering in Edmonton, Canada

Baha’is all around the world hold regular gatherings where various peoples, different races and souls of every capacity come together so that love and agreement can grow between them. Regardless of religion, faith or creed, Baha’i devotional gatherings welcome everyone.

In Baha’i devotional meetings, people from every Faith and no Faith share prayers and readings from the sacred scriptures of all Faiths.

Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith, taught the oneness of God and the essential unity of all religions, so Baha’is consider all people as one human family. For Baha’is, regular prayer and meditation light each person’s soul, and fuel everyone’s inner spiritual life:

The state of prayer is the best of conditions, for man is then associating with God. – Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 202.

Know thou that supplication and prayer is the water of life. It is the cause of the vivification of existence and brings glad tidings and joy to the soul. – Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West, Vol. 5, p. 302.

…all should gather, and, harmoniously attuned one to another, should engage in prayer; with the result that out of this coming together, unity and affection shall grow and flourish in the human heart. – Abdu’l-Baha, from a newly translated tablet.

Baha’i devotional meetings have no set pattern or ritual, and the Baha’i Faith has no clergy, so there are no sermons or speeches. The participants themselves decide what prayers or readings they would like to offer. Devotional meetings take place in homes, parks, libraries, community rooms, houses of worship or outside in nature; and they can happen when two people or a thousand people gather to worship.

This Baha’i prayer from Abdu’l-Baha, often read at devotional meetings, expresses the spirit of unity you’ll find there:

O Divine Providence! This assemblage is composed of Thy friends who are attracted to Thy beauty and are set ablaze by the fire of Thy love. Turn these souls into heavenly angels, resuscitate them through the breath of Thy Holy Spirit, grant them eloquent tongues and resolute hearts, bestow upon them heavenly power and merciful susceptibilities, cause them to become the promulgators of the oneness of mankind and the cause of love and concord in the world of humanity, so that the perilous darkness of ignorant prejudice may vanish through the light of the Sun of Truth, this dreary world may become illumined, this material realm may absorb the rays of the world of spirit, these different colors may merge into one color and the melody of praise may rise to the kingdom of Thy sanctity.

Verily, Thou art the Omnipotent and the Almighty! – Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 105.