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Unity Candle Ceremony

Candle ceremony

This ceremony involves the main parties , using individual candles which they will in turn use to light one unity candle. Family and friends will then be invited forward to light their own candles from the unity candle flame in a symbolic act of togetherness and the merging of both families. This ceremony is suitable for all civil ceremonies. The Unity Candle Ceremony is often used in naming ceremonies too as a gesture of unity, symbolizing that those present will always surround the child(ren) in a circle of love.

What you will need:

1 large candle (this is the unity candle).

2 smaller candles (1 each for Party 1 and Party 2) and tapers to light them.

Enough tea-light candles for everyone you wish to light a candle from the flame of the unity candle.

A suitable heat resisting container for the unity candle.

Candle Lighting
Photo courtesy of Najma Abukar
Supplied by couple

Example Wording

Example 1

[Party 1] and [Party 2] have chosen to affirm their love by the lighting of a unity candle.  They have also asked their families to participate in the lighting ceremony.  In so doing, they signal their desire to not only join as one in their union, but to unite two families together as one. 

I want to take a moment to explain what the lighting of these candles represents to them:
From every human being there rises a light.  And when two souls that are destined for each other, find one another, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being. 

[Party 1] and [Party 2]  the brightness of the candles that your families have lit – and the brightness of the unity candle that you will together light – will shine throughout your lives, giving you courage and reassurance in the darkness.  May the candle’s warmth give you shelter from the cold.  May its energy fill your spirits with strength and joy. 

As you light the Unity Candle, I want to ask you – and all your friends and family that are present today – to see the brightness of the flame as a symbol of the brightness that your own life brings to this new family.  As you lift your candles to light your family unity candle together, so may your love for each other light up your life as a family. 

Your mother’s have each lit a candle for each of your families. [Party 1] and [Party 2], please use those candles to light the Unity Candle together.

Example 2

This candle you are about to light is a candle of Marriage. It’s fire is magical because it represents the light of two people in love.

This candle before you is a candle of Commitment because it takes two people working together to keep it aflame.

This candle is also a candle of Unity because both must come together, giving a spark of themselves, to create the new light.

As you light this candle today, may the brightness of the flame shine throughout your lives. May it give you courage and reassurance in darkness. Warmth and safety in the cold. And strength and joy in your bodies, minds, and spirits.

Example 3

To symbolise the union of the two family three candles will be lit, first by [Party 2]’s mother, second [Party 1]’s mother and lastly [Party 1] and [Party 2] .

Example 4

[Party 1] and [Party 2]  the two lighted candles symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your separate sets of friends.

I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the centre candle.

The individual candles represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the centre candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.”