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Why You Need to Be at the Night Vigil of 20204 min read

Why exactly does this time of year, that adverts insist is of peace, harmony and happiness, have such a contrary effect?

Why You Need to Be at the Night Vigil of 20204 min read

For many, the New Year’s holiday aggravates depressive feelings and brings out the worst feelings without people knowing the spiritual root of the problem or how to deal with it.

Depression is not to be taken lightly, as many people think. It is taken seriously by science as a chronic, recurrent psychiatric illness that alters mood with profound sadness.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people suffer from this disease worldwide and by 2030 it is estimated to be the most common disease in the world.

New Year’s Eve aggravates this issue for many people. In some countries, it is the time of the year when suicides and hospital admissions occur most. The pressure of the media for the obligation to participate in suppers or to force a harmony which sometimes isn’t genuine makes everything worse. But why exactly does this time of year, that adverts insist is of peace, harmony, happiness, and contentment, have such a contrary effect?

Psychotherapist Cecilia Zylberstajn explains that “The end of the year is a phase of much reflection, of taking stock of what has been accomplished or not; a time when that old question, ‘who am I?’ hits hard and there is an inevitable comparison with the same period of the previous year. This can cause contentment for some and frustration for others.”

The end of year build-up sounds an alarm that has been silent all year long. This ringing shows that the clock is ticking, and this causes many people to reflect.

New Year’s Eve parties are sometimes the only chance in the year to bring the whole family together. “And the festivities have a ‘magnifying glass’ power over events for both the good and the bad,” says Cecilia. Some families have their first New Year’s Eve without a relative they have recently lost and this difficult time seems even worse, as lonely people have the impression that their loneliness has increased.

WHO has already indicated that depression is a disease and affects a great number of human beings on the planet, but has not indicated the cause of this disease. Bishop Macedo in his blog clarifies the subject: “I am an amateur in conventional medicine, but I understand a little of the spiritual. And depression is a strictly spiritual problem,” he warns.

And, contrary to what many think, the cure for this spiritual illness does not come from rituals, hard work, or any “religious” attitude. It’s a matter of faith in God’s Word: “The faith of the Bible has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with any kind of religion or anything like that,” explains the Bishop. During the New Year’s Night Vigil, Decade of Strengthwe will determine that the year ahead will be a year of victories and strength.

Come and start the new decade strongly, overcoming problems and not being overcome by them. On December 31st at 10 pm at The Universal Church near you. Call now for more information: 1-888-332-4141.


“I learned to cope with this mental battle daily, but death was always so close – it was always an option.”

Why You Need to Be at the Night Vigil of 2020

I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror; I saw a boy who I thought was worth nothing, staring back at me.

My depression deepened when my father passed away. His death affected me greatly. I had no goals in life and the burden of sadness was so heavy that I contemplated suicide. The battle in my mind was fierce. I learned to cope with this mental battle daily, but death was always so close—it was always an option.

It was my passion for soccer that pushed me to hope. One of my favorite players had scored a goal and pointed his hand to the sky and I wondered what it was that made him so great. I was discussing it with a close friend and member of The Universal Church who said that it’s because he probably has God with Him, and that’s when she mentioned the church to me.

I started attending the meetings and on one particular day, a prayer was made for those who felt depressed. When the Bishop asked who felt like taking their own life, I felt like someone had told him about me. He put his hands on my head and made a powerful prayer for me. But even more life-changing were the words he said, “Let it go.”

Those few words rang enough for me to realize that I needed to let go of everything that had happened to me; to free myself from the past regardless of how heavy the burden seemed.

I left there with a newfound strength. The negativity that was constantly plaguing my mind seemed to get weaker, and I was getting stronger to the point where today, I am telling others they can be free like me.

I don’t feel like taking my life. I’m pursuing my dreams now rather than putting myself down. I am happy and I’ve found new ways to tackle difficulties. – Stuart


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