Devotional Gatherings

Coming Together Spiritually

Baháʼís gather in Baháʼí events and they also love to come together in devotional meetings with their friends, their neighbors and the communities to share Prayers, Holy Writings, Songs, make Reflections and share Arts activities.

Baha'is believe in the importance of praying individually because it connects each of us with our Creator. They also believe that sharing prayers in a group strengthens unity, encourages meaningful connections and conversations, and creates a space for everyone—adults, youths, and even children—where spirituality is important and respected.

These devotional gatherings can take different shapes. In some rural villages, neighbors will gather at the break of dawn to pray together before going to the fields. In some towns, families living in the same area will meet in the evenings after work to pray. Sometimes stories are shared, and sometimes music plays a large role in enhancing the spiritual nature of the gathering. Depending on the customs, needs and interests of each community, the form of the devotional meetings can change, but its purpose is always the same: to praise the Lord and to unite the souls of all those present through the power of prayer.

'Abdu'l-Bahá says:

"There is nothing sweeter in the world of existence than prayer. Man must live in a state of prayer. The most blessed condition is the condition of prayer and supplication. Prayer is conversation with God. The greatest attainment or the sweetest state is none other than conversation with God. It creates spirituality, creates mindfulness and celestial feelings, begets new attractions of the Kingdom and engenders the susceptibilities of the higher intelligence."