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- Last Updated: May 17, 2013
- Originally Published: May 17, 2013
Scientologists hold a Sunday religious service in their local church buildings around the world. The Sunday service takes place in a chapel. There is no requirement or expectation that Scientologists attend the service—higher emphasis is placed on individual Scientology as an opportunity for and communal revitalization.and than on communal ceremonies—but it is still held regularly and follows a distinct pattern of rituals, including a group auditing session. These services are open to both members and non-members of
Sunday services begin with a short introduction given by a Chaplain or other minister of Scientology, followed by a recitation of Scientology's basic principles and the "of the Church of Scientology." A minister then gives a sermon or speech drawn from Scientology's sacred texts, which are comprised of the writings and other records left by Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard, and encourages everyday applications of the principles. Alternately, one of Hubbard's recorded lectures may be played.
Following the sermon or recorded lecture, the minister conducts a group auditing session for the entire congregation. The goal of such a session is to bring all members of the group to a higher state of awareness. Before the service closes, ais offered which states the ultimate goals of Scientology and asks God to allow those goals to be fulfilled. The prayer, known as the Prayer for , consists of the following:
May the author of the universe enable all men to reach anof their spiritual nature.
May awareness and understanding of life expand, so that all may come to know the author of the universe.
And may others also reach this understanding which brings Total Freedom.
At this time, we think of those whose liberty is threatened; of those who have suffered imprisonment for their beliefs; of those who are enslaved or martyred, and for all those who are brutalized, trapped or attacked.
We pray that human rights will be preserved so that all people may believe and worship freely, so that freedom will once again be seen in our land.
Freedom from war, and poverty, and want; freedom to be; freedom to do and freedom to have.
Freedom to use and understand Man's potential—a potential that is God-given and Godlike.
And freedom to achieve that understanding and awareness that is Total Freedom.
May God let it be so.
In addition to the patterned rituals of the Sunday meeting, the service may also include announcements relevant to the local community, liturgical music, and additional prayers.