BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro area Baha’is will gather on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Baha’i Center, 148 Elliot St. to celebrate two Holy Days in the Baha’i Calendar: the Day of the Covenant, and the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Baha’is honor ‘Abdu’l-Baha, as the Center of the Covenant, a title conferred on him by his father, Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
The Covenant is understood by Baha’is as a promise from God to humanity that they will never be left alone and without guidance. Throughout the history of mankind, God has guided humanity by sending them Spiritual Teachers or Manifestations, who come to teach them great spiritual truths and principles of right conduct.
Each religious tradition has their special connection to God through this eternal Covenant and their particular Manifestation. In the Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, as the Center of the Covenant, was given the authority to interpret the Writings and to help the early believers realize the vision for a new, peaceful and unified civilization that is found in the Baha’i Writings and to grasp the importance of working together in unity and service to mankind.
On Nov. 28, 1921, at 1 a.m. in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel) ‘Abdu’l-Baha passed to the Abha Kingdom. His Ascension will be observed individually. There will be a light supper served at the Baha’i Center and a program of stories about the visit of ‘Abdu’l-Baha to this country in 1912.