Humanist Unity Candle Ceremony
This humanist unity candle ceremony signifies the heritage each is bringing
to the marriage and the blending of these two heritages.
Our community is shared, if in a different way, by those who have passed beyond
this life. Their roles in the lives of [Name] and [Name] are no less remembered
and honored as we savor today's joyous moments. Join with us, then, in fond
memory of all these people, and in particular [Names of deceased family and
friends]. In their memory, let us be silent together.
In all the quiet of this very special moment, we pause, also, to give thanks for
all the rich experiences of life that have brought [Name] and [Name] to this
high point in their lives. We are grateful for the values which they have found
by their own strivings. We are grateful that within them is the dream of a great
love and the resources to use that love in creating a home that shall endure.
We are especially grateful for the values which have flowed into them from those
who have loved them and nurtured them and pointed them along life's way. The
heritage each brings to this marriage will continue to be an important element
in their lives, but now will be shared between them. In commemoration of the
merging of these two rich heritages and in memory of those, living and dead, who
were part of these heritages, I now invite [Name]'s parents and [Name]'s parents
to bring forth lighted candles, representing each of the families of this
[Name] and [Name] will now light the flaming chalice with these candles,
symbolizing the union of their two families in this marriage and the rich
heritage each brings to it.
As [Name] and [Name] light the chalice, they do not extinguish their flames.
Although they are embarking upon a new and unique relationship in the union of
their lives in marriage, they, nonetheless, retain their own separate and unique
identities and personalities.
Note: The parents of the couple each obtain a lighted candle from
opposite sides of the front of the sanctuary or room in which the wedding is
taking place, lighting it from stationary candles that have been burning
throughout the service. They, in turn, present the lighted candles to their
respective child. The couple then jointly light the flaming chalice at the
center of the sanctuary. This ceremony signifies the heritage each is bringing
to the marriage and the blending of these two heritages. If the third paragraph
is used, the candles are not extinguished as the chalice is lit, but are placed
in holders alongside. Appropriate music should accompany this ceremony.
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