Commemorating the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

commemoration-ascension-abdul-bahaLast night nine of us gathered around the table to share a meal which was a mix of foods as diverse as the people around the table — from USA, Scotland, Togo, Peru, Norway, Mexico, Iran, Bolivia, and Bulgaria. I suspect Abdu’l-Baha would have liked this. And that was the point, for we were together to commemorate His Ascension.

After the meal, we watched a movie “The Promise of All Ages” and after a break, we tried for the first time the board game “Spiritual Pursuit”. I am not sure we actually figured the rules but we had fun. It was quite fascinating to observe the gentlemen, in a typical ignoring-directions fashion, pull back as the ladies were reading the instructions trying to figure out how to play the game. Lo and behold, we did play the game and it truly challenged our knowledge of the Baha’i Faith. I highly recommend it. I also recommend reading the rules in advance 🙂

Then the time came to get into a more reflective mood. Music helped set the tone. We started with “Dastam Begir (Hold My Hand) Abdu’l-Baha”:

Then we listened to the narration by Hand of the Cause of God, William Sears, on the life of the Master, Abdu’l-Baha, followed by the beautiful song “The Most Great Branch” by Vahid N’Dobe and then read from the story of the Passing of Abdu’l Baha. We sang together “Look At Me, Be As I Am” and offered some prayers, in Farsi and English, before we concluded with The Tablet of Visitation and the “Prayer for the Southern States” from Red Grammer’s CD “Prayers from the Tablets of the Divine Plan”:

O my God!  O my God! Thou seest me in my lowliness and weakness, occupied with the greatest undertaking, determined to raise Thy word among the masses and to spread Thy teachings among Thy peoples.  How can I succeed unless Thou assist me with the breath of the Holy Spirit, help me to triumph by the hosts of Thy glorious kingdom, and shower upon me Thy confirmations, which alone can change a gnat into an eagle, a drop of water into rivers and seas, and an atom into lights and suns?  O my Lord!  Assist me with Thy triumphant and effective might, so that my tongue may utter Thy praises and attributes among all people and my soul overflow with the wine of Thy love and knowledge.

Thou art the Omnipotent and the Doer of whatsoever Thou willest.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

2 Responses to “Commemorating the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

  • Hello, I just saw your website. Am preparing the Ascension night for my community.

    Can you tell me please exactly what time you started to say the prayers for the Ascension.

    Do we start around 1 a.m. or we end up at 1 a.m.

    Hope you can help.

    Thank you

    • Mitko Gerensky
      5 years ago

      Hi Nancy, I believe He passed away at 1:15 am so I assume that should be the time for the reading of the Tablet of Visitation.

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