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International Council of Unitarians and Universalists Global Chalice Reading

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) distributes a new Chalice Lighting Reading each month. Congregations are invited to use it during worship services, and to introduce it as a Global Chalice Lighting.

This is a terrific resource for congregations that have an international vision, and wish to have a ritual element of that vision regularly included in worship services.

Global Chalice Lighting for December 2014

Congregations worldwide are invited to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “ICUU Global Chalice Lighting” for that month. 

This Global Chalice Lighting was originally submitted by the Canadian Unitarian Council and is for use in December 2014.

English

In times of darkness we stumble towards the tiny flame.
In times of cold we seek the warming fire.
In times of repression we reach for the lamp of truth.
In times of loss we pray for the comforting light.
In times of joy we light a candle of celebration.
Spirit of Life, as we kindle this light, help us find what we need this day.

French

Dans les temps sombres, nous avançons avec peine vers une faible lueur.
Dans les temps froids nous recherchons la chaleur du foyer.
Dans les temps de répression nous tendons notre main vers la lampe de la vérité.
Dans les temps de chagrin nous nous dirigeons vers une lumière réconfortante.
Dans les temps de joie nous allumons des chandelles de célébration.
En allumant cette flamme nous marquons le début de nos célébrations.
Source de Vie, aujourd’hui en allumant cette flamme, nous vous prions de nous aider à trouver ce dont nous avons besoin

German

In Zeiten der Dunkelheit ringen wir um die kleinste Flamme.
In Zeiten der Kälte streben wir nach dem wärmenden Feuer.
In Zeiten der Unterdrückung kämpfen wir um das Licht der Wahrheit.
In Zeiten des Leides hoffen wir auf die lichte Wärme des Trostes.
In Zeiten der Freude entzünden wir eine Kerze zur Feier.
Wir entzünden dieses Licht: möge die schöpferische Lebenskraft uns all die Energien spüren lassen, die wir für den heutigen Tag brauchen.

Italian

Nei momenti di buio avanziamo a tastoni verso la piccola fiamma.
Nei momenti di freddo cerchiamo il calore del fuoco.
Nei momenti di repressione lottiamo per per la lampada della verità.
Nei momenti di smarrimento preghiamo per trovare il conforto della luce.
Nei momenti di gioia accendiamo di una candela celebrativa.
Spirito di vita, nell'accendere questo lume, ti preghiamo di aiutarci a trovare ciò di cui abbiamo bisogno oggi.

Spanish

En tiempos de oscuridad avanzamos a tientas hacia una pequeña luz.
En tiempos de frío buscamos el calor del fuego.
En tiempos de represión sostenemos la lámpara de la verdad.
En tiempos de pérdida rogamos por una luz que nos consuele.
En tiempos de alegría encendemos una vela de celebración.
Espíritu de la Vida, al prender esta luz, ayúdanos a encontrar lo que necesitamos hoy.

—Brian Kiely (ICUU Past President and Canadian Unitarian Universalist Minister)

For more information contact international @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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