Holy Songs - Their Meanings and Historical Backgrounds
International Training Center, Barrytown, New York
Holy songs are received through spirit world in deep prayer. In each song is expressed the heart of heavenly Father who has been suffering to construct the path of our restoration. Our infant spirits cannot possibly comprehend our Father’s 6,000 year course of walking the way of indemnity. But by coming to know the heart of each of these Holy Songs, by using them to preach to ourselves, and by retracing through them the course of restoration, these songs will have a profound effect upon our lives of faith. The way of restoration through indemnity is the way of restoration of the heart. Through these Holy Songs we can come to know the heart of Jesus, the heart of True Parents, and finally even be able to make all aspects of God’s heart, His anger, joy, sorrow, and happiness, one with our own heart. Our spirits will be opened up to infinite new worlds, and we will inherit God’s personality in all full beauty.
We should sing them not just to fulfill our own desires, but in deep, sincere prayer in order to receive many things from them.
Because of lack of research, many Holy Songs still remain to be translated, and the explanations of the meanings and backgrounds of Holy Songs are not complete. I intend to continue my study so that Heaven’s Heart contained in Holy Songs can be told more accurately and more deeply, and so that we can construct a new tradition of Holy Songs.
Finally, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Kathy Novalis and Diane Fernsler, who wrote the English words, and to Tim Elder, who translated the words from Japanese, for their great sacrifices toward the organization of this collection of Holy Songs.
Yoko Kobayashi, Song Leader, Education Department, Barrytown, New York, January 10, 1975
Blessing of Glory - Lyrics were written by True Father
Grace of the Holy Garden - The lyrics cam from spirit world recorded by True Father.
New Songs of Inspiration - Lyrics were written by True Father
Garden of Restoration - Lyrics were written by True Father
Song of the Victors - The lyrics were written between 1956–1967. The melody came to a 60-year old woman during a Sunday Service.
Song of the Spring Breeze - True Father heard this song from a fellow prisoner.
Spring Song of Eden - Lyrics were written by True Father. The melody was adapted from a Korean song.
Oh, my little Lamb - This song was adapted from a Christian song. The origin of the lyrics and melody is unknown.
The Lord has come - A Unification Church song
My Offering - Lyrics and melody from Eu Hyo Min—one of president Eu’s relatives.
Unite Into One - A Korean song of unity—it is said that the lyrics and melody came from the spirit world after one of True Father’s passionate sermons.
Call to Sacrifice - A Korean song of unity
Song of the Young People - Lyrics were written by Yoo Kwang Yol in 1955
Principle Youth March - A Korean song of unity
March of the New Age - A Korean song of unity
Song of Heavenly Soldiers - Lyrics were written by David S.C. Kim
Unified Soldiers - Lyrics were written by True Father. The melody was adopted from a folksong from Tae-Gu (June 4, 1962–January 10, 1958).
Light in the East - Lyrics were written by True Father. The melody was adopted from a Korean folksong.
Song of Victory - Received by Mrs. Yuko Kamiyama from the spirit world in February 1962 when she was a pioneer missionary in Nagoya.
My Promise - The lyrics were written by Hwang Won Jin, leader of the "Student Affairs." This song was sung outside of the prisons where members were captured. The prisoners would sing along. [The song was written by Mr. Eu (TW Nov. '83).]
Suffering and new Life - President Eu composed this song in 1955 with Mr. Fan, who was responsible for the house.
Suffering Jesus - Lyrics and melody from Mrs. Yang Yun Young, professor for music at Ehwa University. She received everything from the spirit world (after the 4th of July incidence).
Suffering Heart - Lyrics were written by True Father. The melody was adopted from a Korean song.
Heart of the Father - Lyrics based on a poem from Mrs. Yi Hong Hi. The melody was adopted from "Mother’s Heart" (a Korean song).
Pledge - Lyrics and melody from Mrs. Yang Yun Young, professor for music at Ehwa University. She worked hard for one whole month to complete this song.
The Father’s Dwelling Place - A Korean song of unity
Song of the Garden - Adapted from an English Christian hymn called Garden Hymn. It is said that English missionaries introduced this song to Korea.
Shining Fatherland - Lyrics were written by Lee Wol Sung. The origin of the melody is unknown.
He has called me - Traditional Korean christian hymn from 1945
Oh, my Child , come home again - Korean christian hymn
Oh , come my Lord - Korean christian hymn of established churches.
My Cross - Lyrics were written by Yoo Kwang Yol. The words came from the spirit world. The melody is from Kim Doo Won.
When I behold the Lord - Japanese christian hymn of established churches.
By the Spring of Life - Korean christian hymn of established churches.
Day of Glory - Lyrics and melody from Mrs. Yang Yun Young, professor for music at Ehwa University. Her spiritual senses were awakened when she became a member. She’s president Eu’s relative.
Song of the Banquet - The origin of the lyrics and melody is unknown.