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Chalice Lighting: “Our House

Also appropriate as Blessings

May the walls of this house be strong in the face of storms:
     Whether of winds or of words,
         whether of thunder or of tyranny.

May the windows of this house be clear to the world's light:
     Whether of dawns or of daring,
         whether of sunsets or of stillness.

May the foundations of this house be firm upon the good earth:
     Whether of soil or of sharing,
         whether of bedrock or of behavior.

May the doors of this house be wide to all that come from afar:
     Whether poems or people,
         whether songs or strangers.

May this house embrace, like a graceful chalice,
     The flame it cannot define or limit,
         as a heart enshrines hopes larger than its beating walls.

Source:

1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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