Let this then be the first and foremost celebration of all your years to come. For
it is appointed that on the nineteenth day of June shall you establish the Festival
of Joy in commemoration of that day when God and Heaven did reveal themselves to
Azrael whereby he might set at liberty the children of God.
Refer to: 7th Endowment 2:17-62
Summary: In the 7th Endowment, Heavenly Mother appoints the celebration of four
festivals which coincide with the solstices and equinoxes of each year. The Festival
of Joy is deemed the first and foremost celebration of the year, to be recognized
on the summer solstice over a period of four days and three nights, beginning on
the nineteenth day of June.
The Festival of Joy presents three reasons for celebration: the coming forth of God
and Heaven to Archie D. Wood, Sr. (aka Azrael) on June 19, 1979; the appointment
of Azrael to be a teacher of heavenly things; and the coming forth of the Song of
The Fellowship is encouraged to gather and dwell in tents in “wild and open places,
in high meadows beside lakes and streams” (7:2:20, 34). The first day of celebration
(June 19) is appointed to commemorate the day in which God revealed themselves to
Azrael. The second day of the festival takes place on the day of summer solstice,
and is appointed to be a celebration of the Song of God book and the divine gift
of light it represents (7:2:35-38).
* The “Festival of Joy” is mentioned in the 4th Endowment as the day in which Kaseah
the Beautiful accepted the position of leadership over the seventh dispensation and
addressed the General Assembly for the first time (4:29:16). The summer solstice
celebration established earlier by mother Evelah was originally called the “Festival
of the Family” (4:7:63).