We wish a happy 35th anniversary to the 2075 couples of the 1982 Holy Marriage Blessing!
A very happy anniversary to all those celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 2075 Couples’ Blessing in Madison Square Garden! May God continue to bless you and your family for many more years to come!
So long has passed since that glorious July day when our True Parents surprised New York and the world by holding what was then the largest wedding ceremony in history. Of course, they went on to break their own record so many times!
Every anniversary is special, but this year is really unique because True Mother is coming back to Madison Square Garden with a special message of grace and healing for America and the world. She is so delighted to be coming home to New York and we are even more excited to welcome her here. This time our children and grandchildren will be joining us. Seats are going like hot cakes!
Speaking of which, this morning we are writing from the Grand Ballroom at the New Yorker Hotel, where we are having a big prayer breakfast with hundreds of members and ministers of the American Clergy Leadership Conference. Those of you who were matched by True Parents right here in this room can easily imagine the happy scene.
It’s really inspiring to see that so many Christian brothers and sisters are just as filled with anticipation to hear True Mother speak as we are. With our 2000 Voice Choir and gospel stars, we are going to raise the roof!
God bless you, God bless True Parents, and God Bless America!
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Dr. Michael Balcomb
A large percentage of the American Unification movement—2,075 couples, or 4,150 persons in all—participated in a record-setting Marriage Blessing ceremony officiated by True Parents at New York’s Madison Square Garden arena. This number eclipsed the previous record of 1,800 couples married by True Parents in Seoul in 1975, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest mass wedding in history. The Marriage Blessing was preceded by the matching engagement of 705 couples in May 1979, 843 couples in December 1980, and 653 couples in June 1982. More than 60 percent of the couples were either interracial or intercultural. With this event, the church in America went virtually overnight from being a movement of primarily single people to one of married people.