And remind them that they are the illumined souls envisioned by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His prayer:  "Heroes are they, O my Lord, lead them to the field of battle.  Guides are they, make them to speak out with arguments and proofs.  Ministering servants are they, cause them to pass round the cup that brimmeth with the wine of certitude.  O my God, make them to be songsters that carol in fair gardens, make them lions that couch in the thickets, whales that plunge in the vasty deep.

Universal House of Justice, 27 December 2005 to the Continental Boards of Counsellors