In diverse settings, Bahá’ís and their friends and families unite with one another in prayer. Meetings consist largely of reading prayers and passages from the Bahá’í sacred texts in an informal yet reverent atmosphere. A spirit of communal worship is generated by these simple gatherings, and this spirit begins to permeate the community’s collective endeavors.
Devotional meetings are gatherings which provide an atmosphere for Bahá’ís and their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers to pray collectively and read from the Sacred Scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith as well as other religions, in order to awaken their spiritual susceptibilities and open their hearts to new patterns of personal development and paths of humanitarian service. “The practice of collective worship is one important ingredient in the flourishing of community life.”
Devotional meetings may take place in such diverse settings as a Bahá’í center, a community room, a private home, and a serene natural setting.
Blessed is the spot,
and the house, and the place,
and the city, and the heart, and the mountain,
and the refuge, and the cave,
and the valley, and the land,
and the sea, and the island, and the meadow
where mention of God hath been made
and His praise glorified.
~ Bahá'í Writings