Prayer as a ritual act

Prayers for November 16


Sometimes prayer is a ritual act. 


Today, many of us are greeted by a persistent grayness in the sky around us. The clouds are thick. The sun is hidden.  


Today, some of us feel a dreariness in our souls. 


Today, some of us hurt, but we’re not even sure why. 


And yet, today, there is hope, and it can be found in the simple act of lighting a candle. 



Consider taking a moment – short as it might be – to light a candle and pray the following words, trusting that we are connected, even when lighting candles and praying prayers in different spaces, at different times.


Today’s prayer was adapted from a Passover Haggadah by Rachel Altman and Mary Jane Ryan. It is good to be connected with our interfaith friends and family.

We begin by honoring the Light. 


We light this candle for our families, our beloveds, our friends, for all our relations; 


For those who are near and for those form whom we feel an unwanted distance; 


For the newborn, for our elders, and for all in between... especially those – of every age – who



May this candle inspire us to use our powers to heal and not to harm, to help and not to hinder, to bless and not to curse. 


May the radiance of this light pour out upon our hearts, and spread light into the troubled corners

of our world. 


With Gratitude for YOU and for your light, 




*Note: Your pastors are available for conversation and/or visit. Simply be in touch. 


In Faith,

Lori Bievenour, lori at stpeterscarmel dot org, or 317-846-6882, x222

Dakota Roberts, dakota at stpeterscarmel dot org, or 317-846-6882, x223