June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
“La Grande Annonce” is the sixth song from the European Baha’i Choral Festival that was held from May 29 – June 2, 2019 at the Baha’i House of Worship in Langenhain, Germany. This French song was composed and conducted by Lorraine Manifold. It is based on excerpts from the Writings of the Bab.
Je suis le Premier Point, qui a engendré toutes choses.
Je suis le visage de Dieu dont la splendeur ne sera jamais ternie.
Je suis la lumière de Dieu dont l’éclat ne peut s’affaiblir.
Je suis le Temple mystique, édifié par le Tout-Puissant.
Je suis la Grande Annonce. Je suis le Permier Point.
En vérité, je ne suis moi-même qu’un anneau placé au doigt de celui que Dieu rendra manifeste.
I am the Primal Point, that hath created all things.
I am the face of God whose splendor will never be tarnished.
I am the light of God, whose brightness can never weaken.
I am the Mystical Temple, built by the Almighty.
I am the Great Announcement. I am the Primal Point.
Verily, I am only a ring placed on the finger of him whom God shall make manifest.
Other songs performed as part of the European Baha’i Choral Festival 2019 can be found on this YouTube playlist.
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