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Category Archives: Chalice Lightings

May This Flame Burn — Petr Samojsky

May this flame burn and remind us that each of us can offer goodness and love, and that each of us can be a blessing to the world. —Petr Samojsky from the ICUU and the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians

Oh God We Light This Chalice in Your Name — Inderias Dominic Bhatti

Oh God, we light up this chalice in your name. May the lightening spread in your name break all the bounds of Darkness, the bounds of prejudices, doubts, and anger. Bring us understanding, acceptance, tolerance, pluralism and mutuality so that your light may shine. The light of love that rather Read more →

Like the Burning Flame that Shines — Susan R. Quisel

Like the burning flame that shines, like the passionate feeling of love that glows we’re together again; to sing and to pray, to give and to receive, the burning passion that we’ve celebrated and shared in our coming together as one —Susan R. Quisel from the ICUU and the Unitarian Read more →

Oh Hidden Life — Annie Besant

O hidden life that vibrates in each atom, O hidden light that shines in each creature, O hidden love that embraces everything in unity, May all who feel one with Thee Know that for this very reason we are one with all the others. —adapted from Annie Besant by Paulo Read more →

Where there is Faith — Hungarian Home Blessing

Where there is Faith There is Love. Where there is Love There is Peace. Where there is Peace There is God Where there is God There is no Need. — Hungarian Home Blessing from the ICUU and the Unitarian Church in Hungary unitarius.hu

While Still a Single Light — Herbert Napiersky

While still a single light lights up all the world’s darkness, there will be joy on earth, that makes us strong for life. —Herbert Napiersky translated by Henning Hraban Ramm from the ICUU and the Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft (Germany)—unitarier.de

As Others Before Us have Sought — Penny Hackett-Evans

As others before us have sought to make ordinary times special by lighting a candle, We now seek to transform this ordinary time Into a special and sacred one By lighting the flaming chalice, symbol of our free religious heritage. —Penny Hackett-Evans

A Golden Thread Binds Us — Mark Allstrom

A golden thread binds us to all that has been and will ever be. Here the tender soul yearns. Here the greatest dreams are sighted. Here the sacred flame burns. —Mark Allstrom

A Light that Silently Works in Me — H. Thoma

A light that silently works in me, Allows me to know the world in its entirety. I don’t know what it is or what it wants; With awe I’ll call it divine. —H. Thoma from the Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft and the ICUU

At Times, Our Own Light Goes Out — Albert Schweitzer

At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. — Albert Schweitzer

My Heart is Moved by All I Cannot Save — Adrienne Rich

My heart is moved by all I cannot save: So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, Perversely, with no extraordinary power Reconstitute the World. — Adrienne Rich

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