Light a Chalice!
While most UUs have become accustomed to lighting a chalice at the beginning of our Sunday worship services, taking the time to light a chalice at home can turn any event, big or small, into a sacred occasion.
Try lighting a chalice:
- At meal times
- While celebrating special milestones
- To begin a morning meditation
- When offering well wishes and prayers for loved ones
At a loss for words? Not all chalice lighting occasions require special words; but for those that do, check out some of these great resources:
- Singing the Living Tradition, published by the UUA
- Sunday and Everyday, edited by Patricia Frevert
- A Child’s Book of Blessings and Prayers, by Eliza Blanchard
- Worship Web
If you are looking for something a little more personalized, you can also invent your own words or ask each family member to contribute something from their day.
- What are you thankful for?
- What was your proudest moment today?
- How did you live your UU Principles today?
I don’t have a chalice!
Not to worry! There are plenty of ways to bring a chalice into your home.
Online shopping makes this a breeze if you would like to purchase a beautiful chalice for your home:
Turn this month’s @Home into a fun activity and make your own chalice, like the children of Flint, Michigan’s UU church (look left).
Try buying old cups and saucers from a second-hand store or a garage sale. With a little paint (or not), a little creativity (or not), and a very little bit of super glue, you will have your very own, one-of-a-kind chalice!
Check out your local craft store (or your garage) for some terracotta pots. Repeat the steps above and voilà!
Don’t forget that chalices make a great gift (so think about making a few extras)!
Comment below, contribute your ideas and upload pictures of your home chalice on the UU@Home Facebook page!