1912 - Abdul-Baha in America - Laying the Foundation Stone of the House of Worship
1 May 1912 Talk at Dedication of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár Grounds
About an hour later He went to the proposed site of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár located outside the city, where property had been purchased for the construction of this great building. By the time He arrived the friends had already assembled and had pitched a large tent for the meeting.
`Abdu'l-Bahá first drove around the site, inspecting its boundaries, and then entered the tent. The friends stood all about Him, their eyes intently fixed on His luminous face. It was in these circumstances that `Abdu'l-Bahá gave His talk on the power of the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh to unite the people of the East and the West beneath the shadow of the Word of God. He also spoke about the Mashriqu'l-Adhkárs of `Ishqábád and America. He then went to the spot where He was to lay the cornerstone with His own hands. Miss Holmes presented Him with a golden trowel especially prepared for the occasion. He took it in His hand and dug the earth for the foundation stone.Then the delegates from the American assemblies, followed by representatives of the Eastern friends, each took the trowel and continued digging the foundation. ...When the digging was completed, the Master set the stone in place with His own hand. He then showered His love and affection on the friends and left the site. Most of the friends remained and had lunch inside the tent. (Mahmud's Diary)