We encourage all those applying for the Blessing to take time to reflect on the meaning of the Blessing and to prepare seriously for it. True Parents have established the Cheon-Il‐Guk standard for receiving the Blessing. All Second Generation should prepare, and be guided towards the Blessing, according to this standard.
- Blessing candidates must be pure. Any mistakes in the sexual area should be resolved prior to the matching and blessing.
- Blessing candidates should be willing to cross cultural, national and racial
- Blessing candidates must be committed to keeping the Blessing for eternity – to love his/her spouse and build a God-centered family together.
- They must be willing to lead a life of public service after the Blessing.
- They must be at least 18 years old. (Candidates for CIG matching must be 20 years old).
- They must have received approval by the Second Generation Blessing Department to go to the Blessing (for further details on qualifications and application procedure see below).
As mentioned above, it is important that we prepare well internally for the Blessing. Please contact a Blessed Family Department (BFD) Leader to conduct the Blessing interview. If you need to resolve any issues in the area of purity, please consult them and be open to be guided in your spiritual path, to set the right conditions to be able to participate in the matching and Blessing process.
Here is a brief explanation of the matching procedure for Second Generation Blessing candidates. This applies to all Second Generation Blessing Candidates.
All Second Generation applicants must fulfill all points below (both section a and b) to be qualified to apply for the matching and blessing.
a) Documents to be submitted
- New Application Form (Version: 09.2016)
- 2 full size photographs & 1 optional family picture
details of Matching & Blessing picture – click here
- Health Certificate (including AIDS Test) details
- Individual interview / confession
Please note: The candidate must be 17 years old at the time of application
To download all forms click here: All Forms
An absolute condition for participation in the Blessing is that purity has been kept by the applicant. Participants will need to demonstrate their faith in Heavenly Father and True Parents. For this purpose, a BFD representative or the Second Generation Blessing Department needs to interview the applicant. This interview form must be filled out by a BFD representative and submitted to the Second Generation Blessing Department together with the other documents.
The Blessing fee is considered one of the conditions for receiving the Blessing and is the same as for First Generation Blessing participants. For Western Europe the fee is 1400 USD. This fee must be paid before the Blessing.
b) Educational qualifications for becoming second generation blessing candidates
- In depth understanding of Divine Principle (21 day workshop suggested, please check with your Second Generation Department for other qualifying programs)
- Participation in a Blessing workshop
- Completion of a 7 day fast
A formal application must be made by submitting all of the materials mentioned above to your regional Second Generation Department. All European Second Generation applicants should send their formal application to the European Second Generation Blessing Department. (Please note that an application to the matching website is not a substitute for the formal application to your regional Second Generation Blessing Department).
Second Generation candidates should be matched by their parents. Currently there is no planned matching by True Parents. However, it is possible that True Parents may announce a matching again; in that case a separate memo will be sent out with detailed instructions.
Matching applicants and their families may choose to use the International Matching Website to assist them in their search for a spouse. Please note that this not a mandatory part of the matching process but is an optional tool intended to assist families in their search. You can find the International Matching Website here: www.bcmatching.org.
The candidate is able register on the website and create a personal profile. (Please refer to the matching website for further detailed instructions). After the candidate has been approved, the parents will receive a password and will be able to view the profiles of other candidates. Please remember that signing up for the matching website is a separate process and does not replace the official Blessing Application process.
- Matching Process
Once the candidate has given their consent to their parents to begin the matching process, the parents can start to look for a match for their child. Parents are welcome to use the available tools, such as the matching website or the parents convocations that are organised by Blessed Family Departments around the world. Alternatively, they are free to find a match for their child in any other way God guides them. It is strongly advised that parents first communicate with the parents of potential matches, rather than approaching the match him/herself.
- Confirmation of Matching
As soon as parents have found a possible candidate for their child and the parents of both applicants agree, as well as the applicants themselves, they must notify their Second Generation Blessing Department (Please use the Matching Report Form; available here). The regional Second Generation Blessing Department in turn, will present the application to the respective Continental Directors, who will report the matching to True Parents. This last step will officially confirm the couple as ready to be Blessed. Please do not make the match official until all parties (both candidates and their parents) are completely sure and willing to commit to the matching.
Only officially confirmed couples will be eligible to participate in the Blessing officiated by True Parents.