People all over the world celebrate rituals to mark solstices and equinoxes, births, personal and religious milestones, marriages, anniversaries and death. Rituals allow us to remember our past, hope for the future, live in the now and mark important events, no matter how painful, as celebrations of human becoming and faith.
Gaynell Bordes Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt invite us to light two candles and use simple prayer-celebrations before or after meals to uncover the wonder and wisdom of faith in family or group gatherings. Each prayer-celebration includes a gathering prayer, the lighting of two candles, a reading and a prayerful response to it, and a sending prayer. The simple rituals can be used as blessings for everyday and special occasions and for special needs.