Day of the Covenant

The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission entrusted by God to two Divine Messengers—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Today, the distinctive unity of the Faith They founded stems from explicit instructions given by Bahá’u’lláh that have assured the continuity of guidance following His passing. This line of succession, referred to as the Covenant, went from Bahá’u’lláh to His Son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and then from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to His grandson, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, ordained by Bahá’u’lláh. A Bahá’í accepts the divine authority of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh and of these appointed successors.

House and Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh near Akka, Israel

'Abdu'-Bahá was born on the 23rd May 1844, the very same day that the Báb declared his station. Early Bahá'ís wished to celebrate the birthday of 'Abdu'l-Bahá but 'Abdu'l-Bahá said that this was not permissible and asked the Bahá'ís to celebrate the day of His appointment as the Centre of the Covenant, on this day in November, instead.

The Covenant is a core unifying instrument in the Bahá'í Faith, it is the promise of clarity as to where the centre of authority sits following the passing of Bahá'u'lláh.

Bahá'u'lláh appointed His son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of the Covenant in a tablet entitled Kitáb-i-'Ahd (Book of the Covenant), 'Abdu'l-Bahá in turn appointed his grandson Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian of the Cause of God in His Will and Testament, and Shoghi Effendi established the foundations for the election of the Universal House of Justice.

The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha´

Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel

On November 28, members of the Baha'i Faith throughout the world commemorate the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá..

He died in His house in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel), in 1921, at the age of 77. More than 10,000 mourners, representing every one of the diverse religions and ethnic communities in the Holy Land, attended His funeral.

He was laid to rest in a vault adjoining that in which He had laid the remains of the Bab on Mount Carmel in 1909.

 

Multifaith Devotional Gathering

Multifaith Devotions

 

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Brockville Public Library

Saturday, Dec 17

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.