In Judaism it is customary to light a candle on Friday evenings eighteen minutes before sundown. Slowly the whole Earth lights up for a few hours as it spins. What a wonderful way of letting the Universe know there is life on our planet. The Jewish Sabbath prayer is usually recited in Hebrew. I have come up with a prayer for non-Jews that is similar in viewpoint. Please adopt this prayer into your language and join the millions who honor the Creator every Friday evening. Any candle will do, a dinner candle, perhaps. It must be something else for celestials to sense the flames lighting up, slowly sweep across the globe and then flicker out as the world once again reposes in darkness.
Almighty one, most high being, creator of mankind, who has exalted us with his likeness, I ignite this candle to thank you for the light, warmth, energy, and companionship the flame provides. I invite all mankind to honor you by lighting a holy flame to your presence upon the setting of their sun. May it bring peace and happiness to my home, to the world, and to your universe.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY A PRAYER, JUST LIGHT A CANDLE!!
PUT IT IN THE WINDOW SO THE FLAME CAN LOOK AT THE SKY!
The greatest thing about lighting the candle is the flame. The flame will respond to you. Every Friday evening, when I light the candle, I ask the flame a question and it gives me a true answer. I even hold up my ferrets so they can ask a question. Isn’t that neat! Your children will truly enjoy this.
The ideal candle lighting time is when you see the first star in the evening heavens. The minute of sundown can also be used. (NBC/CH:4 weather report gives sunset time every evening.) The Judaic people light theirs eighteen minutes before sunset. In any case, light your candle when you feel the evening commences, that short span of time between day time and night time. For all I care, light it anytime you well please or don’t light any at all. Just remember that you will find strength in peaceful action.
After lighting, it is customary to partake of a little sweet wine and break bread.
Read up on the Judaic practice of Shabbat candle lighting. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. I would love the whole world to join in this fabulous display of light, energy, and warmth. What a way to notify intelligent life out there that there is ordered life on our planet.