Can a unity candle be used at a Catholic wedding?
The following reply was sent to this website by the
Congregation for Divine Worship 12/29/99:
At the discretion of the Conference of Bishops and at the time of their approval of the Rite of Marriage for their territory, certain
rites having roots in the tradition of a particular people, and which authentically express Gospel values pertaining to marriage,
may be inserted at appropriate points in the Rite of Marriage. Such gestures should not
be included within the celebration of the rite if they do not appear at least as an option within the Rite of Marriage
for which is approved by the Bishops and published with the recognitio of the Holy See for the
territory in which the marriage is celebrated. It is possible that other gestures might be carried out after the completion of the Rite and
the final blessing, or at a non-liturgical ceremony, such as a reception. To insert into the Rite gestures which are not
approved by the Conference of Bishops with the recognitio of the Holy See, constitutes an abuse, even if perhaps well-intentioned."
Webmaster note: the approved Rite of Marriage for the United States does not include this custom as an option so it must be done outside of the actual wedding ceremony.