- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
This video features a Spanish prayer sung at dawn at the Baha’i House of Worship of South America in Santiago, Chile. Created by Mary Darling and Clark Donnelly of WestWind Pictures, this video sweepingly depicts a choir offering a prayer in the temple.
Here is an English translation of the prayer that is sung:
Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom…– Baha’u’llah
If you’d like to find out more about Baha’i Houses of Worship, you might enjoy this Baha’i Blog article: Baha’i Temples: A Brief Explanation
For more information specifically about the temple in Chile, please visit its website: templo.bahai.cl
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) released a short film about this continental House of Worship, and Hariri Pontarini Architects also produced a short film about Siamak Hariri’s design for the Chile temple.
Lastly, if you’d like to know more about the dynamic duo behind this short film, you might wish to check out this episode of our podcast: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 17: Mary & Clark
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