With the start of a new year comes an opportunity to make new commitments and forge new relationships. This year, couples will dedicate their marriage at the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony on March 3rd at the Cheong Shim World Peace Center in Korea.
The Cosmic Blessing Ceremony is one of the most anticipated events of the year for Unificationists worldwide. But how does one best prepare for such a commitment as the Marriage Blessing? Here are some important details for all couples and guests planning to attend the ceremony.
Attending Locally in the U.S.
For couples attending in the U.S., the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony will be broadcast live via the Internet at various locations throughout the nation on the evening of Monday, March 2nd. Couples should contact their local Unification Church pastor for information on how to participate in the event.
Attending in Korea
A fun and memorable Korea Blessing Experience will be prepared for couples and guests traveling from the U.S. The program will include the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony, sightseeing in Korea, and couples activities. The best part is, expenses for transportation, food, accommodation, and activities will be covered for all couples participating in the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony. True Mother is looking forward to welcoming many couples from around the world to Korea for the celebration.
Click here for details on schedule and accommodations in Korea
Cheon Il Guk Matching
Prior to the ceremony, there will be a Cheon Il Guk Matching facilitated by True Mother. There will be a special workshop in Korea for all Cheon Il Guk Matching applicants prior to the Blessing Ceremony from February 26th through 27th. The Matching Ceremony facilitated by True Mother will take place during the workshop. Individuals interested in participating in the CIG Matching must complete Matching Application. Upon completing the Matching Application, all applicants will have a phone conversation with a Blessing & Family Ministry staff to confirm their attendance.
All matched/engaged couples must complete the following Blessing requirements by February 10th to receive the Marriage Blessing:
NOTE: already married couples are required to complete only the Blessing Ceremony Application.
1. Blessing Education (for matched/engaged couples)
For matched/engaged couples, the “Start Smart” Level 3 Blessing education is required and is designed to help them prepare for married life and the Blessing. For those married couples who are renewing their relationship through the Blessing, the Start Smart education is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended as a foundation for God to work together with your couple in improving your marital relation after the Blessing.
2. Blessing Interview (for matched/engaged couples)
For matched couples, the Blessing Interview is designed to help individuals prepare to receive the forgiveness and grace of God and True Parents, and enter the Blessing with a renewed and pure heart.
Click here to view a list of trained Blessing Interviewers in the U.S.
For married couples, we ask that you meet with your local pastor to make sure you are well prepared for your Blessed life.
3. Matching Report Form (for matched/engaged couples)
All matched couples are to report their engagement to the National Blessing & Family Ministry by completing the Matching Report Application.
4. Blessing Ceremony Application & Blessing Offering (for matched/engaged couples and already married couples)
All couples that plan to receive the Blessing (in Korea or in the U.S.) must complete the online Blessing Ceremony Application. The Blessing Offering is paid at the end of the application form to qualify applicants to receive the Blessing.
For Pastors & Ministry Leaders
We ask that all local communities fill out the form below to report how many couples in the community will receive the Blessing (locally and in Korea) and whether or not you will hold a Blessing Celebration locally. The information provided is vital for the Blessing & Family Ministry to have an accurate number of how many couples plan to receive the Blessing. We ask that only one person (pastor/ministry leader) from each community fill out the form.
Local Blessing Celebration Report Form