The idea of prayer and reverence is universal to all religions and the need to take time and reflect on our lives and our actions is as appreciated by people of no faith as it is by people with strong beliefs.
Praying and reflecting together on spiritual principles helps to awaken a spiritual awareness within each of us as individuals and also serves to create stronger, deeper bonds in our neighbourhoods and amongst our friends.
As well as personal prayer, most Baha’i communities also hold regular devotional meetings to which everyone is warmly welcomed.
These gatherings are held in a variety of places such as homes, local community centres and other public venues.
The heart of a devotional meeting is the sharing of prayers and passages from Holy Scriptures. Many of the prayers and readings are from the Baha’i Writings but most gatherings welcome the inclusion of prayers from other faiths and traditions. Beyond this, however, there is no set form. As well as prayers they sometimes include music and other artistic presentations as they provide an ideal opportunity for learning how to create an uplifting, spiritual atmosphere.
Anyone can hold a devotional meeting
These devotional meetings can be held by anyone, either by hosting one in your own home, or helping to host a meeting elsewhere. Throughout the country and, indeed, all around the world, Baha’is are working with their friends and neighbours to create these devotional spaces.
If you would like to join in a devotional meeting near you or to find out more about these gatherings please feel free to get in touch via our Contact page.
“The prayerful condition is the best of all conditions, for man in such a state communeth with God…prayer imparteth life.”