In our churches today we light candles in front of a statue or sacred image of our Lord or Saint. The light means our prayer offered in faith to enter into the light of God. It also shows reverence and our desire to remain present in prayer even as we move on with our day.
They are usually lit on the altar parapets or in front of the altar cross. They are also often lit during the Good Friday liturgy.
The Catholic prayer candle is lit while you pray. It is common practice that you start your prayer and light your candle with the first words of your prayer. You can put out the match or lighter while you continue praying.
Altar candles are lit with a candle, which is a burning wick attached to a long handle. They are lit and extinguished in a specific order so that the gospel companion candle never burns alone. The gospel side of the church is the left side as you face forward.
The human soul is a light from God. May it be Your will that the soul of (insert name) enjoy eternal life along with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah and the rest of the righteous who are in Gan Eden. Amen. Neir Adonai Nishmat Adam.
33 No one, when he has lit a candle, puts it in a secret place, not under a bushel, but on a candlestick, so that it may die come in, may see the light.
You can just go in and light a candle and sit and think/pray – it’s not stupid at all and that’s what they’re there for (and lots of other things too). Some churches are locked when not in use for religious services. They will be open a bit before/after services so you can be sure to get in.
Historically, prayer candles, sometimes referred to as votive candles, have been a staple of both Catholicism and New Age rituals, often lit in churches or homes.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that lighting candles for the dead in conjunction with prayer prolongs and strengthens prayer and commemorates the deceased. The teaching behind candles associated with praying for the dead is the Catholic doctrine of purgatory.
Religious candles or seven day candles are used as a means of prayer, devotion, meditation, ritual, healing and protection. The candles are a visually appealing way to remind us of God and his unending love for us and how through prayer he will help us in our troubles.
They are lit and extinguished in a specific order so that the side candle of the gospel never burns alone. The gospel side of the church is the left side as you face forward. So the candles are lit from right to left and extinguished from left to right.
On Candlemas, many Christians (particularly Eastern Orthodox, Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists) also take their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year; For Christians, these blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to…