This Week In Our History: Blessing Of 2,075 Couples

In this week’s look at our history, we look back on the Blessing of 2,075 couples that took place at Madison Square Garden, New York, on July 1st, 1982. Happy Anniversary to all couples who were Blessed at this Blessing!

A large percentage of American Unificationists participated in a record-setting Marriage Blessing of 2,075 Couples officiated by True Parents at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

This number eclipsed the previous record of 1,800 couples wed by True Parents in 1975, which the Guinness World Records reference book recorded as the largest mass wedding in history.

Engagement ceremonies of 705 couples in May 1979, 843 couples in December 1980 and 653 couples in June 1982 led up to the ceremony.

More than 60 percent of the couples were either interracial or cross-cultural. With this event, the U.S. church demographics went from primarily single people to mostly married people virtually overnight.

An audience of more than 7,000 people filled the arena of the record-setting ceremony officiated by the
late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, founders of Family Federation for World
Peace and Unification (FFWPU).

Today, Madison Square Garden still prominently displays a plaque in the venue commemorating this momentous event.

“Each spouse is a great key to ever expanding and deepening our understanding of the infinite God,” said Rev. Moon. “Heaven is a world of heart, where all may trust and unite with one another in love.”

“You must all accept your responsibility to work as world citizens,” said Rev. Moon, “so that the legacy
you leave your children and grandchildren will be the harmonised world of God’s love.

“God bless you in all that you undertake, and may He give you the vision and strength you need to realise His kingdom on earth.”

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