Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Shoghi Effendi, during his six month stay at Oxford ... met with the Manchester Baha'is .. and after listening with much interest to the singing of the hymns by the friends told them that, when Lua Getsinger made an extended pilgrimage, Abdu'l-Baha would sometimes ask her to go out on the terrace of the house at Haifa in the cool, fragrant night and sing the hymn which had always pleased Him, "Nearer my God to Thee." Her voice would rise and fall clear as a nightingale to the joy of the Master. According to another account, whenever she sang the famous hymn, Nearer my God to Thee, her gaze directed towards the Shrine of Baha'u'llah, it brought tears to the eyes of Abdu'l-Baha." - Lua Getsinger, Herald of the Covenant, p. 51

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