Spring Holy Day Broadcasts
The Baha’i House of Worship, in collaboration with friends and communities across North America, will live-broadcast devotional programs of prayers and music for two upcoming Baha’i Holy Days.
Broadcasts will be released at the following times and will also be available for later viewing:
The Declaration of the Bab
Friday, May 22, 10:00 pm CDT
The Bab was a Messenger of God. The declaration of His mission—to pave the way for the coming of Baha’u’llah—was made in May 1844, and signaled the beginning of a new era for humanity.
The program for the annual commemoration of the Declaration of the Bab has been produced by Baha’is and friends in the Atlanta area who drew inspiration for the program from Baha’u’llah’s Tablet of the Bell, written by Him in commemoration of the Bab’s historic announcement of His station.
The Ascension of Baha’u’llah
Thursday, May 28, 4:00 am CDT
Baha’u’llah, the latest of God’s Messengers, brought spiritual and social teachings for our modern age. Baha’u’llah taught that there is only one God, that all of the world’s religions are from God, and that now is the time for humanity to recognize its oneness and unite.
In the early morning hours of May 29, 1892, Baha’u’llah passed away at the Mansion of Bahji near Acre, Israel. Baha’u’llah was buried in a simple room next to this house. This, now the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, is the holiest place on earth for Baha’is, where they turn to in prayer each day. Pilgrims come from all corners of the globe to pay their respects to Baha’u’llah and to dedicate their lives to the principles of unity that He set before humanity. Shortly after the passing of Baha’u’llah, His son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, sent this message:
“The Sun of Truth, that Most Great Light, hath set upon the horizon of the world to rise with deathless splendour over the Realm of the Limitless. In His Most Holy Book He calleth the firm and steadfast of His friends: ‘Be not dismayed, O peoples of the world, when the day-star of My beauty is set, and the heaven of My tabernacle is concealed from your eyes. Arise to further My Cause, and to exalt My Word amongst men.'”
Nine days later after His passing, Baha’u’llah’s will was unsealed. It designated ‘Abdu’l-Baha as His successor and head of the Baha’i Faith — the first time in history that the founder of a world religion had made explicitly clear whom people should follow after His death. This declaration of a successor is the pivotal provision of what is known to Baha’is as the “Covenant of Baha’u’llah.” It has enabled the Baha’i Faith to remain united around one central authority for more than a century.