Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the South Korean leader of the Unification Church, died on Saturday at the age of 92. A controversial figure around the world for his belief that he was a messiah sent to Earth to finish the work of Jesus Christ, Moon nonetheless drew between five and seven million followers to his faith, growing the religion into a multibillion-dollar empire. But he was perhaps best known, especially in the U.S., for his “blessing ceremonies,” in which up to thousands of devotees would gather in front of him to have their marriages rededicated or to be wedded for the first time—sometimes to brides and grooms they had not yet met. Throughout his long life as an evangelist, Moon held blessing ceremonies everywhere from the U.N. headquarters to his own Sun Moon University in South Korea. See photos.