Why We Observe the Day of the Holy Seal
Holy Compact Day: Day 31 of the Faithist (Solar) Year a.k.a., July 2 of 2017 CE
As Faithists today we observe the Day of the Holy Seal also known as Holy Compact Day. On that day 61bk13 (61st year before kosmon, day 13) otherwise known as July 2, 1788, the Constitution of the United States of America came officially into effect, that is, it became irreversible on that day.
Oahspe, Book of Inspiration; 34/15.1 - 6.
Holy Compact Day
As Jehovih, through His God, bequeathed to the children of Guatama a government unfettered by the name of God, Lord or Savior, so Jehovih sanctified the day of the ratification and the signing and sealing of His compact (American Constitution), as the Day of the Holy Seal.
And for its sign He made, A hand holding a quill.
Which shall be the master's sign of salutation in the lodge on the day and evening commemorating the same.
And Jehovih made the answer to the master's sign, The holding up (by the member of the lodge) of a piece of paper, signifying, Constitution.
Therefore it was said: The master saluted on the sign, Day of the Holy Seal, and the lodge answered in the sign, Constitution.
And Jehovih said: Remember this day, and keep it holy, to the end of the world, for this was the beginning of the liberty of man!
On July 2nd, in 1788, in the land of America, the president of its then current government, the Congress of the Confederation, speaking on behalf of and for that government, formally announced that the heavily debated Constitution was now in effect! In other words, from that time forward, it was irreversibly the core document around which America's government would form itself, thus sealing the fate of the American States and people, and known from then on, as the United States of America.
Thus on July 2, 1788, the fate of the new American Constitution was SEALED---made irrevocable---for legitimacy had been passed on that day, and without bloodshed, from the old government to the new government.
Consider now exactly what it is that the Faithists observe and why they keep the day holy.
At the heart of sanctifying the day as Holy stand three conditions supremely important for man's progress, all of them now irreversible --- though until the Seal was set (at that time), they were not.
The first and of primary importance for the other two was that the Republic was not founded on the name of any God, Lord or Savior, or as said in Oahspe, the constitution (compact) was founded unfettered by the name of any God, Lord or Savior. This allowed man to follow the light of his own conscience. This implies the freedom to follow one's conscience.
In fact the constitution as written did not include a guaranteed right for man to follow the dictates of his conscience. But during the ratification process it became evident that the constitution as it was written would not pass ratification without that guarantee for freedom of conscience as well as for other individual rights. Those in charge of the proceedings publicly promised that if the constitution-as-written was ratified, then amendments to the constitution would immediately proceed so that certain specified and unspecified rights of individuals and states would be included as amendments. The people voted in the constitution, and true to their word, those in charge set the amendment process in motion so that shortly they would be added to the U.S. Constitution.
Naturally, the original omission of these rights was not an evil plot by the founders, but thought unnecessary to include them since these rights were already in existence and entrenched in the people as well as being the law of the land for some 150 years under English Common Law. English Common Law was unwritten but understood by commoners as well as nobility to be the guiding body of boundaries (rights) beyond which a government could not trespass without risking rebellion and overthrow. Sensible people in governance understood that for any ruler to try to abrogate or diminish these rights, was to play with fire.
Accordingly, the constitution framers believed that the English Common Law would continue under the American system of jurisprudence but as American rights. And indeed the American judicial system built in great measure upon what they inherited from England (Great Britain) but framed and modified now under the broad mandates of the U.S. Constitution. Even under the American system, elements of English Common Law were still considered potent for a season as legal argument in court. Eventually these would be modified, qualified or discarded. Many laws of today have their antecedents in English Common Law.
Nevertheless, the framers of the U.S. Constitution underestimated the fear of the people regarding centralized government. And the power of the backlash did not come forth till the proposed U.S. Constitution was making the rounds of ratification by the people of each state. For, many of the populace did not trust centralized government from afar. The recent behavior (especially from about 1760) of Great Britain (including its agents) and war with it had made them wary. Accordingly, when no provision was seen in the proposed U.S. Constitution, an outcry arose fearing loss of the people's rights. After all, if they had been living under English Common Law, and England was no longer ruling them, then what guarantees did the proposed Constitution offer? NONE!
Accordingly a deal was struck by which such rights would be amended to the Constitution as soon as possible after the government was in place. On one side of the deal were those who desired the Constitution as is, the other desired it with included guaranteed Rights or else they would reject ratification. The sides agreed because they desired to avoid a repeat of the often tedious, contentious and always difficult job of reaching consensus in framing and promoting a Federal Constitution.
The leaders who made the deal had no intention of failing in their promise regarding the rights amendments. Both sides knew that were a deal to collapse, the entire "experiment" as the people of the time regarded it (meaning willing to try a new form of government) would have collapsed as the proposed new federal government would not have been able to form in the resulting climate of distrust. Knowing that prospects for any further constructive change would have been lost, they resolved to see their word fulfilled.
The important thing to keep in mind is that in the initial framing of the U.S. Constitution, these individual rights had been assumed to be part of the underlayment or ground of that new government being set forth by the proposed U.S. Constitution. The Declaration of Independence was also considered to part of that underpinning because the framers recognized and embraced the powerful sentiments within that declaration that stirred the desire for the perfect government --- although they settled through negotiation for something not as high, but nevertheless sturdy. (Interestingly, the Declaration of Independence in its function as initial unifier of the states and its peoples was agreed upon by the U.S. Continental Congress on July 2, 1776 (73bk13), one ode before the framing of the U.S. Constitution (1787) and to the day, 12 years prior to the Sealing of the U.S. Constitution, aka Holy Compact Day on July 2, 1788 aka 61bk13. 12 is the number of man in se'moin --- when we think of how significant for the whole of mankind, not just the New Republic, these two events were, one can't help but marvel at the harmony in which Jehovih's plans unfold)
The second thing we remember and honor is that the U.S. Constitution guarantees man the right to follow the dictates of his conscience.
This was the first amendment added to the Constitution (meaning becoming an integral part of it) after the constitution had been declared law of the land on July 2, 1788.
The third thing we remember and honor on Day of the Holy Seal, is that on this day 230 years ago, the power of governance changed hands to the people from monarchy (kings and dictatorships).
What we celebrate here is not that a majority itself knows how to govern (a majority is always the lesser light, see e.g., 39/26.2) but that the people as a whole can decide what form of governance to have rather than have a governance foisted upon them chosen by a king or queen or some dictator. One thing to bear in mind is that aside from voting for a monarch-free government, the people can vote to have a constitutional monarchy (regardless of what it calls itself), that is, a monarch who is restrained by a constitution. Or the people can vote for an autocratic system that allows for those who are dictator in style --- although these tend to either disregard a constitution, or to abrogate it, or to modify it in repressive ways without seeking consent of the governed, and so, usually end in disarray.
In any event, we hold dear those three foundational qualities that got established because of the U.S. Constitution, namely:
1. free of a named God or Lord or Savior;
2. freedom to follow the dictates of one's conscience; and
3. freedom for the members of a social order to choose the type of governance that will provide for and uphold their collective weal.
These, fellow Faithists, are the beginning of the foundation for Jehovih's kingdom on earth. The angelic hosts of Jehovih's kingdom helped man to attain to those three things. Those three things set the foundation on this earth for the first resurrection within the domain of God, Son of Jehovih. For without freedom to follow the dictates of one's conscience, one is bound by the beast and cannot therefore resurrect except perhaps -- comparatively -- stealthily and slowly inching upward, but not freely. For, Jehovih's resurrections are based upon freedom. But with freedom comes responsibility. And so power to decide his collective governance is given to man. And lastly, to set up a named God, Lord, or Savior over a people is to surrender power of governance to that God / Lord / Savior.
As can be perceived, then, the foundation for Jehovih's kingdom on earth was established at that time, because such an established inorganic first resurrection can exist within the domain of God, Son of Jehovih, and further resurrections can come forth from it. Keep in mind that Jehovih's angels did not tell man how to form his governance, man made his own choices. In other words, other than Jehovih's kingdom assisting man to make certain that the above three items were included, man was suffered to make his own decisions, although Jehovih's kingdom did provide light and inspired thoughts of better possibilities and solutions.
Since that time, those core ideas set forth in that founding document spread around the world. Man's progress since has been toward that foundation till at last they have become sealed in collective man's soul. And it is in the rising from that foundation that the next level of social order will come.
That core foundation will continue to be necessary, but not sufficient for the next level, which is the Fraternity Social Order. There, that core of freedom to follow the dictates of one's conscience, no imposed religion, and agreement of the members as to form of governance --- all three will be a given, that is, expected as normal even as we expect fresh air and solid earth to be available when we step outside our house.
Even as the importance of collective man will grow in the coming times, so will man's understanding grow regarding the true spiritual needs of collective man. It is in the recognition of this from which the Fraternity Social Order will grow. One of those collective needs will be for virtue. While many will attain to it, many will not. In short, amidst the second resurrection among mortals will be the first resurrection. The higher (those in the practice of fraternity) will perceive that it is in their collective interest to provide ways for the lower (those in the practice of the individual self) so that these latter may reach the higher. So that at the very bottom of this Fraternity Social Order will stand that core of three conditions that were already sealed in the Compact of the Republic. And when man is ready for the level above the Fraternity social order, it too will have at its very bottom, those three core conditions.
For those reasons then, we as Faithists in Jehovih the I AM, observe and honor Holy Compact Day as the Day of the Holy Seal.
May all perceive and receive the Blessings of the Great Spirit.
All Oahspe references are from the modern language edition: Oahspe Standard Edition 2007