INTERFAITH CANDLE LIGHTING SERVICE
There will be a center candle with eight smaller ones surrounding it. Light the center candle, then say:
We light this candle in honor of the Holy Mystery—
The God of many names
Assist us, we pray
As we commit ourselves to peace
To the Honor and Glory of God, we light the candle representing the Hindu Tradition:
Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God Almighty,
May there by peace in the celestial regions.
May there be peace on Earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome,
And may trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May Thy Vedic Law propagate peace
All through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may Thy peace itself bestow on all,
And may that peace come to me also.
To the Honor and Glory of God, we light the candle representing the Buddhist Tradition:
May we all be filled with loving kindness
May we all be well
May we all be at peace within ourselves and in our world
May we all be happy.
To the Honor and Glory of God we light the candle representing Confucianism and Taoism:
What you do not wish done to yourself, do not do to others.
There is a being, wonderful, perfect:
It existed before heaven and earth.
How quiet it is!
How spiritual it is!
It stands alone and it does not change.
It moves around and around, but does not on this account suffer:
All life comes from it.
It wraps everything with its love as in a garment, and
Yet it claims no honor, it does not demand to be Lord.
I do not know its name, and so I call it Tao, the Way
And I rejoice in its power.
To the Honor and Glory of God we light the candle representing the Jewish Tradition:
“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.”
“Let the day come when we turn to the Lord of Peace, when all are a single family doing His will with
a perfect heart. O source of peace, lead us to peace, a peace profound and true; lead us to a
healing, to mastery of all that drives us to war within ourselves and with others. Lord of peace, bless
us with peace.”
(Paraphrased from Rabbi Herman Schaalman)
To the Honor and Glory of God we light the candle representing the Christian Tradition:
Make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, Let me sow love.
Where there is injury, Pardon.
Where there is doubt, Faith.
Where there is despair, Hope.
Where there is darkness, Light.
Where there is sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
Not so much to be understood, as to understand;
Not so much to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we awaken to eternal life.
(St. Francis of Assisi)
To the Honor and Glory of God we light the candle representing the Islamic Tradition
You are Peace.
From You comes Peace,
To You Returns Peace,
Revive us with a salutation of Peace,
And lead us to your abode of Peace.
(a saying from THE PROPHET, used in daily prayer by Muslims)
To the Honor and Glory of God we light this candle representing the Baha’i Tradition:
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see
each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect
To the Honor and Glory of God we light this candle representing the Native American
O Great Spirit let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun will shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.
(A Cheyenne Indian)
SHALOM, SHANTI, AS SALAAM, PEACE, AMEN
Prayer f rom Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“O God, all holy one, you are our Mother and our Father and we are your children. Open our eyes
and our hearts so that we may be able to discern your work in the universe. And be able to see Your
features in every one of Your children. May we learn that there are many paths but all lead to You.
Help us to know that you have created us for family, for togetherness, for peace, for gentleness, for
compassion, for caring, for sharing.
May we know that You want us to care for one another as those who know that they are sisters and
brothers, members of the same family, Your family, the human family. Help us to beat our swords into
plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks, so that we may be able to live in peace and harmony,
wiping away the tears from the eyes of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. And may we
know war no more, as we strive to be what You want us to be: Your children. Amen.”