Perpetual Prayer Candle / Vela de Oracion Perpetua
Monday, June 14, 2021
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
LET HIS LIGHT SHINE!
In the Catholic church, light has always had a special significance because it represents Christ. We know that Jesus called himself the Light of the world. Additionally, St. John’s Gospel connects Christ with the imagery of light in John 1:4: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
In our churches today, we light candles before a statue or sacred image of our Lord or a saint. The light signifies our prayer, which is offered in faith, entering the light of God. It also shows reverence and our desire to remain present in prayer even as we continue our day.
Candles are lit for prayer intentions. To "light a candle for someone" indicates one's intention to say a prayer for another person, and the candle symbolizes that prayer.
Lighting a candle for someone -living or deceased- is a way to both extend your prayers and show solidarity with the person the prayer is being made on behalf of. We also believe in the importance of our prayers for those who have died, asking the Lord to forgive any sins they may have committed due to human frailty, but it is also a great way to keep their memory alive as we honor who they were and the good they did. The faithful also light candles as a sign of gratitude to God for answered prayers.
Here at Our Lady of the Lakes we want to offer you this opportunity to pray for all those intentions with the Perpetual Candles located in our vestibule. These candles can be lit for:
- The health of someone
- In memory of someone who has passed away
- In thanksgiving for a grace or favor granted to you
- The intentions of someone dear to you (living)
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