UCO: The Lord's Day Ceremony
- This ceremony is performed before and
after Saturday dinner. The head of the household leads
the ceremony. The assistant lights the candle and reads
the meditation prayer, with the group responding. It is
appropriate to sing and pray freely during the ceremony
(possible times: before or after the candle lighting
ceremony, in the middle of the blessing of the meal).
Lighting of the Candle
- The assistant prays: In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
All things were made through him, and without him
nothing was made that has been made.
Assistant: In him
was life, and the life was the light of men.
Group: The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome
Father, in honor of your Son, light of the world and
author of life, I am about to kindle the light for the
Lord's Day. On this day you raised your Son Jesus from
the dead and began the new creation. May our celebration
of his resurrection this day be filled with your peace
and heavenly blessing. Be gracious to us and cause your
Holy Spirit to dwell more richly among us.
Father of mercy, continue your loving
kindness toward us. Make us worthy to walk in the way of
your Son, loyal to your teaching and unwavering in love
and service. Keep far from us all anxiety, darkness and
gloom, and grant that peace, light, and joy ever abide
among us; for in you is the fountain of life, in your
light do we see light.
The assistant lights the candle and
prays with hands raised over it: Blessed are you,
Lord our God, who created light on the first day, and
raised your Son, the light of the world, to begin the new
creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, king of the
universe, who have taught us to kindle the light for the
The Blessing of the Meal
- The leader prays:
"Brothers and sisters, this is the Lord's Day:
Group: let us welcome it in
joy and in peace.
Leader: Today we
set aside the concerns of the week that we may honor the
Lord and celebrate his resurrection. Today we cease from
our work in order to worship God and remember the eternal
life to which he has called us.
Group: The Lord
himself is with us to refresh and strengthen us.
Leader: Let us
welcome God among us and give him glory.
Group: Let us love
one another in Christ.
Leader: May the
Holy Spirit be with us, to deepen our devotion to the
Lord and to increase our zeal for the way of life he has
The leader pours wine (or grape
juice) into a cup, raises the cup, and prays: Let
us praise God with this symbol of joy, and thank him for
the blessings of the past week -- for health, strength,
and wisdom; for the discipline of our trials and
temptations; for the happiness that has come to us out of
our work. Let us thank him this day especially for the
great blessings he has bestowed on us in Christ. From his
fullness we have all received grace upon grace. We who
were dead through sin have been brought to life together
with Christ and raised with him and made to sit in
heavenly places with him.
Lord our God, you have brought us into
the rest of Christ. Now we live with him through the Holy
Spirit, and we look for the day when we will dwell with
him in your everlasting kingdom.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king
of the universe, who have created the fruit of the vine.
Blessing after the Meal
blessing, prayed by the leader:
- Leader: The Lord bless you
and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine on you and
be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance on
you and give you peace. Amen.
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