3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
25 When the creatures stopped flapping their wings, I heard a sound coming from above the dome. 26 I then saw what looked like a throne made of sapphire,[l] and sitting on the throne was a figure in the shape of a human. 27 From the waist up, it was glowing like metal in a hot furnace, and from the waist down it looked like the flames of a fire. The figure was surrounded by a bright light, 28 as colorful as a rainbow that appears after a storm.
I realized I was seeing the brightness of the Lord’s glory! So I bowed with my face to the ground, and just then I heard a voice speaking to me.
World Scripture and the teachings of Sun Myung Moon
From the Preface:
World Scripture and the Teachings of Sun Myung Moon builds on the foundation of World Scripture: a
Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts (1991). That volume was a pioneering work in the annals of
religious literature. Never before were the scriptures of the world’s religions examined so systematically to illuminate their universal teachings and underscore their common ground. Never before
had a major work drawing on sacred texts articulated a vision of inter-religious compatibility and
Invocation, p 1
We open with representative prayers from the world’s religions. They invoke, give thanks, and affirm the efficacious influence of Absolute Reality in human life. Many of these prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer, the Fatihah, the Kaddish, the Gayatri, and the Family Pledge of Father Moon, are recited daily or weekly as part of regular worship.
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Matthew 6.9-13, The Lord’s Prayer
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the
Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds,
The Beneficent, the Merciful,
Owner of the Day of Judgment.
Thee alone we worship; Thee alone we ask for
Show us the straight path:
The path of those whom Thou hast favored;
Not of those who earn Thine anger
Nor of those who go astray.
Qur’an 1, The Fatihah
Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name
throughout the world which he has created
according to his will. May he establish his king-
dom in your lifetime and during your days, and
within the life of the entire house of Israel
speedily and soon; and say, Amen.
May his great name be blessed forever and to
Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled
and honored, adored and lauded be the name
of the Holy One, blessed be he, beyond all the
blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that
are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.
May the prayers and supplications of the whole
house of Israel be accepted by their Father who
is in heaven; and say, Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and
life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
He who creates peace in his celestial heights,
may he create peace for us and for all Israel; and
The Kaddish (Judaism)
We meditate upon the glorious splendor
Of the Vivifier divine.
May He Himself illumine our minds.
Rig Veda 3.62.10, The Gayatri Mantra (Hinduism)
Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the
Arahant, the All-enlightened One.
To the Buddha I go for refuge.
To the Norm I go for refuge.
To the Order I go for refuge.
Khuddaka Patha (Buddhism)
From the unreal lead me to the Real!
From darkness lead me to light!
From death lead me to immortality!
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28 (Hinduism)
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon
you, and give you peace.
Numbers 6.24-26, The Aaronic Benediction