“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men…” Baháu’lláh
The Bahá’í approach to devotional meetings is very simple. Those gathered together take turns to read aloud passages from divine scripture. (There is no obligation to read – some prefer just to listen and meditate.) No one individual leads the prayers, although somebody may undertake to select and share suitable texts on a particular theme.
Bahá’ís meet together regularly to read and reflect on scripture. Bahá’í writings are extensive and include reflections, prayers and meditations addressing a wide range of topics relating to the personal, social and spiritual aspects of life. Bahá’í devotional meetings often also draw on the holy texts of other world faiths such as Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism.
You can read more about Bahá’í prayers used in Orkney here.
All are welcome to attend and to participate in Bahá’í devotional meetings. The Orkney Bahá’í community holds meetings on Saturday mornings at 11.00am and on Sunday mornings at 11.00am at Inchvannie Bahá’í Centre, 3 Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall. They last up to an hour, and participants can come and leave at any time during the meeting, or stay afterwards if they wish for some refreshment and discussion.