Worship and Fasting

When worshipping the Father, if at all possible, face the East where the sun rises, especially when you pray. If possible, kneel in prayer, and if not possible, bow from your waist, and if you can not bow in such a manner, you should try to bow your head. When praising God, raise both palms toward the heavens. When requesting your needs from God, position the palms of your hands in such a way that you see them. When honouring My image, hold the palms of your hands together.

In praying to the Father of Greatness, use the name or title that you are familiar with. For example, some call God by the title of Alaha [Aramaic for “God”]. Others say, Yahweh, while others say Adonai, Jehovah, Jehovih, Zurvan, or Ahura Mazda. He knows His people and He knows when you call upon Him in prayer by whatever appropriate name is used. Likewise, call the Messenger by whatever appropriate name you know.

Gather in worship wearing the tallit, men and women. Children may also wear the tallit if they wish. My devotees do not have to spend a great deal of money on any of their attire.

Observe a fast twice each week: on Wednesdays from dairy products and on Fridays from meat products. Abstain from meats on all high holy days with the exception of fish, fowl or lamb. These are required fasts. Infants and younger children are exempt from fasting. Certain Spiritual Communities within the Religion of Light may have other fasting days or requirements, but these are the fasts that I have stated are necessary whether you are Hearers or Elect. Honey may be consumed by both the Hearers and the Elect. It is forbidden for infants to consume honey.

As for the Hearers, I do not require a strictly meatless diet. Neither do I require long fasts. Do not judge your brother or sister if they choose to eat meat or if they choose to abstain from it.

Observe a simple meal on the New Moon. Observe the Holy Meal on the Full Moon. The Holy Meal may also be offered on the seventh-day Sabbath.

Every congregation, family and individual should have an altar in their home if it is possible. Certain situations may necessitate that an altar is hidden in a closet or in the mind of the devotee. Regardless, the Presence of the Father is with you, and I am with you. The altar should be simple, with a white cloth, two candles, flowers, a copy of the Giliana Kudsha along with a copy of the Scriptures of your Spiritual Community, a photograph or artist’s depiction of the Messenger, and any other items that are traditional to your Spiritual Community. An image of the Great Father is not appropriate, since He is not seen by human eyes. The altar must remain clean from debris, candle wax, insects, rodents and any other animals. The altar should be dedicated with the words that I have given to the Teachers of Righteousness and Light.

On Wednesday evening, light a single candle [wax or electric] in memory of those who have died in righteousness.

On Friday evenings, light two candles to welcome the beginning of the Sabbath in your homes.

Some Spiritual Communities have the custom of using prayer ropes, rosaries and malas and other forms of counting their prayers. I wish for you to continue in this practice, but I also instruct that you begin using the prayer beads that belong to the united covenant. I have given instructions regarding this matter to the Teachers with specific prayers.

There are many higher angels and celestial beings that can also assist you in certain matters. The Father in Heaven has appointed each celestial being with a certain assignment. Some are guardians, others are messengers, and others carry your prayers to His Throne in the Kingdom of Light. It is appropriate to call upon these and the holy ones who have passed on in righteousness leaving the flesh behind and entering into the joy of God.

Remain faithful in your tithing, for it is required by the Father of Greatness. In addition to tithing, you shall remain faithful in alms-giving [food offering to the Elect] regardless of your Spiritual Community. This is part of the United Covenant.

Your day to day attire should be modest, but according to the local custom and climate. Neither men nor women nor children should wear clothing that reveals too much of what is considered private areas of the body. Unless it is required by secular law, My devotees are not required to wear niqabs or burkas or other clothing that covers their faces or entire body. Attire according to the season and climate of each country that is not too revealing is appropriate.

Sexual activity and discussions thereof during the seventh day Sabbath are prohibited.