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Interfaith Candle Lighting Ceremonies


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Selections from sacred writings and quotes by notable people that can be read as part of a ceremony lighting candles for peace

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Interfaith Candle Lighting Ceremonies

  1. 1. InterfaithCandle-Lighting Ceremony Readings may be read by representatives of various faiths and traditions as they light a candle. Universal Peace Federation
  2. 2. Invocation Let light fill the sky. Let its warmth heal us wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly.Let our selfishness vanishso we can see all peopleas our neighbors, as part of our family.Let the flames teach our heartsto reach always upward to heaven.Our world awaits the lightthat each of us can bring.
  3. 3. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Baha’i Reading The candle of thine heart is lighted by the hand of My power, quench it not with the contrary winds of self and passion. The healer of all thine ills is remembrance of Me, forget it not. Make My love thy treasure and cherish it even as thy very sight and life. ~ Bahaullah, The Persian Hidden Words
  4. 4. Interfaith Candle Ceremony The Buddha Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
  5. 5. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Christian Reading You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. - Matthew 5:14
  6. 6. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Hindu Reading Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness lead me to Light. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.2
  7. 7. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Jewish Reading Lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, O Lord! – Psalm 4:6
  8. 8. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Muslim Reading God is the light of the heaven and the earth. Light upon Light! God guides whom He will to His Light. - Quran 24:35
  9. 9. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Sikh Readings There is a light in all, and that light is the Ultimate One. – Guru Granth 663 The best light is the light of God in the heart. – Adi Granth
  10. 10. Interfaith Candle Ceremony The Great Invocation From the point of Light within the Mind of God Let light stream forth into human minds. Let Light descend on Earth. From the point of Love within the Heart of God Let love stream forth into human hearts. May the Coming One return to Earth.From the centre where the Will of God is known Let purpose guide all little human wills -The purpose which the Masters know and serve. From the centre which we call the human race Let the Plan of Love and Light work out And may it seal the door where evil dwells. Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth. Alice A. Bailey & Djwhal Khul
  11. 11. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Mahatma Gandhi Be the change that you want to see in the world.Reykjavik, Iceland
  12. 12. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Talmud There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.Seoul, Korea
  13. 13. Interfaith Candle CeremonyPrayer attributed to St. FrancisWhere there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is darkness, light. Lima, Peru
  14. 14. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Martin Luther King, Jr. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.Majuro, Marshall Islands
  15. 15. Interfaith Candle CeremonyBusonLighting one candleWith another candleAn evening of spring. Tokyo, Japan
  16. 16. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Leo Tolstoy There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail. There is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.Yekaterinburg, Russia
  17. 17. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Buddhist saying If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.Kathmandu, Nepal
  18. 18. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Albert Schweitzer In everyones life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.United Nations Headquarters, New York
  19. 19. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Rev. Sun Myung Moon The sun is heat in itself. Because it is heat itself, it has light. Likewise, when you have love, that love produces wisdom.New York, USA
  20. 20. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Rabindranath Tagore Let not the hours pass by in the dark. Kindle the lamp of love with thy life.Kathmandu, Nepal
  21. 21. Interfaith Candle CeremonyRumiIf you wish for light,be ready to receive light. Monza, Italy
  22. 22. Interfaith Candle Ceremony Prayer of LightLove before me Peace before me Light before meLove behind me Peace behind me Light behind meLove at my left Peace at my left Light at my leftLove at my right Peace at my right Light at my rightLove above me Peace above me Light above meLove below me Peace below me Light below meLove unto me Peace unto me Light unto meLove in my Peace in my Light in my surroundings surroundings surroundingsLove to all Peace to all Light to allLove to the Universe Peace to the Universe Light to the Universe
  23. 23. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. - Plato Universal Peace Federation