What is a Devotional Gathering or Devotional Meeting?

A devotional gathering at the Baha'i Centre in Boca De Balsa, Panama. Photo courtesy of the Baha'i International Community.

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. Although there is no set formula as to how they should be organised or when they occur, these devotional gatherings generally consist of reading prayers and passages from sacred texts of the world’s religions, including readings from the Baha’i Writings, in an informal yet respectful atmosphere. It is hoped that a spirit of communal worship is generated by these simple gatherings that begins to permeate the community’s collective endeavors. These gatherings are open to all and are intended to embrace that attitude of prayer and practice of devotion that is universal to all religions.

We’ve tried to briefly explain what a devotional gathering is in this short animated video which you can share with others:

For more information on devotional gatherings, you can contact the Baha’is in your area: www.bahai.org/national-communities

You can also learn more about the characteristics of devotional gatherings here on Bahai.org: http://www.bahai.org/action/devotional-life/devotional-meetings

And by reading this compilation of Baha’i Writings: Prayer and Devotional Life

Here are some resources on Baha’i Blog related to devotional gatherings:

If you’re putting together or hosting a devotional gathering, you may be interested in checking out Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions which is a musical initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends in different parts of the world, to come into a recording studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music. You can find the playlist of all the songs here on Soundcloud and all of the videos here on YouTube

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