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Mom Find: Past, Present & Future Candle Lighting Ceremony

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The candle lighting ceremony is something many families include in their child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah party. One of the many ideas we have shared is the “Past, Present and Future” candle. This cuts down on the time of the entire candle lighting and includes all of your guests and those who aren’t there.

We thank Mitzvah Mom Halley Manyin for sharing the wording she used at her daughter’s celebration.

You can take these poems and adjust them for your child’s past, present and future candle.


The first candle I will light tonight will represent the people I have loved and lost in the past.
Some I knew well but others I was never lucky enough to make memories that will last.
I would love for my brother Jake to come up here and light this candle with me.
Together we will prosper and grow to represent our wonderful family tree.


The second candle I will light is for all of you adults celebrating with me here tonight.
Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and all of my parents’ friends make my life turn out just right.
My mom and dad are always there to guide me through all that happens day to day.
Please come up here to light the present candle because you’ve helped shape who I am today.


The last candle I will light will represent my future which I know is so bright.
Today marks the beginning of a journey that will be out of sight.
My friends will be a huge part of many more years of great times.
So will ALL of you come up here so I can finally end these rhymes!

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