Election of the Universal House of Justice

The Universal House of Justice was first elected on the first day of the Festival of Riḍvan in the one hundred and twentieth year of the Bahá’í Era,[21st of April 1963] when the members of the National Spiritual Assemblies, in accordance with the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and in response to the summons of the Hands of the Cause of God, the Chief Stewards of Bahá’u’lláh’s embryonic World Commonwealth, brought into being this “crowning glory” of the administrative institutions of Bahá’u’lláh, the very “nucleus and forerunner” of His World Order. [From “The Constitution of the Universal House of Justice”]

Shortly after, the following telegram was sent to the Bahai World.

“TO JUBILATION ENTIRE BAHA’I WORLD VICTORIOUS COMPLETION BELOVED

GUARDIAN’S UNIQUE CRUSADE NOW ADDED HUMBLE GRATITUDE PROFOUND

THANKSGIVING FOLLOWERS BAHA’U’LLAH FOR ERECTION UNIVERSAL

HOUSE JUSTICE AUGUST BODY TO WHOM ALL BELIEVERS MUST TURN WHOSE

DESTINY IS TO GUIDE UNFOLDMENT HIS EMBRYONIC WORLD ORDER

THROUGH ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS PRESCRIBED BY BAHA’U’LLAH

ELABORATED BY ABDU’L-BAHA LABORIOUSLY ERECTED BY SHOGHI EFFENDI

AND ENSURE EARLY DAWN GOLDEN AGE FAITH WHEN THE WORD OF THE

LORD WILL COVER THE EARTH AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA.”

 

Click here to view a video recording from that occasion and some recollections from some Hands of the Cause of God.

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