In a live address, Masami Saionji expressed her heartfelt gratitude to everyone who took part in this year’s ceremony and all those who made the event possible:
The 17th Symphony of Peace Prayers is now coming to an end. From the beginning to the end, I am filled with tears—I am so moved.
We are a small organization with limited staff, but they are all guided by your love and wisdom and support, and they have put all their effort into making this event possible. We have about 10,000 members who have been performing the IN and praying continuously, and who have supported me and my mission, and I am deeply, deeply grateful.
I would like to express my wholehearted gratitude to all the prayer leaders and the messages they sent us from around the world. I am thankful to each and every one of you, and to all those who helped make this possible—those who are awakened to their divine spark and offering their prayers.
As of today, I have a new dream, which is to see all of humanity holding hands as the world spins around. I know that this vision is possible—that it is coming in the future, and will be created by the generations to come.
Once again, I want to thank everyone around the world who participated today. I want to thank all our staff for their ideas and ongoing efforts that made today possible. And I want to thank our prayer colleagues, who have been praying with us over the years, even in the rain and snow. My gratitude goes out all around the world, and it doesn’t stop.
I hope you will join us again next year. This event is an opportunity to come together and connect with each other across borders and religious boundaries. I also hope that I can travel around the world soon, to greet all of you in person. Thank you for helping to create a new vision for the future. May peace prevail on Earth.
Following this address, Yuka Saionji shared a few remarks of her own:
I just wanted to share that over 3,000 people have been joining us live on YouTube, and more on Facebook. We know that you are connecting from the U.S.A., Palestine, the Netherlands, Nepal, and all over the world, and we thank you so much. We know it is not a convenient time for many of you, so thank you very much for joining us. We received one message that said, “My soul is overjoyed,” and when I read that message, I knew that that is our true mission—to let people know that, by praying for others and for nature, our soul feels joy, because we are connected with our divine spark. Through that joy, our infinite love, infinite peace, and infinite harmony comes flowing out of us. That is what we hope for, and that is why we keep holding this Symphony of Peace Prayers. That is why our staff and our 10,000 prayer colleagues are working tirelessly. So, I just want to thank you all, and we hope that our prayers continue to radiate outward, so that even one person can feel joy in their soul, and know that they are the divine spark.
To close the event, Masami and Yuka Saionji once again led participants in the universal message and prayer, May peace prevail on Earth, three times in Japanese and three times in English.