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Why Do Catholics Light Candles In Church?

Why Do Catholics ...?

Why Do Catholics ...?

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states (1192): “Sacred images in our churches and homes are intended to awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ. Through the icon of Christ and his works of salvation, it is he whom we adore.

Catholics light candles as symbol of their hope and prayers

Catholics light candles as symbol of their hope and prayers

A common phrase that can be heard in the Catholic world is the kind promise of “I’ll light a candle for ... and visitors lit a candle and pause to pray at the statue.But what is the big deal? Why candles and what does it symbolize?

If We Are the Light of the World, Why Is the World So Dark?

If We Are the Light of the World, Why Is the World So Dark?

Pope Francis said that there is great suffering in the world today because of “our Christian mediocrity, when we lose the sense of sin.” Why does our mediocrity make others suffer? Because we are the light of the world, and our failure means a mass ...

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

When you go into a Catholic Church and you see a big, splendid statue of Mary with flowers in front of it, a bank of candles ... that worship is all about hearing a sermon, singing some songs and praying. Now we’re getting down to the reason why ...

Better to light a candle

Better to light a candle

The Catholic Encyclopedia calls ... a choir sings Gregorian chants, as the candles are gradually put out. At my own church in Newton, we read the psalms ourselves and make do. While the service proceeds, the light outside the church is fading.

Better to light a candle

Better to light a candle

The Catholic Encyclopedia calls ... a choir sings Gregorian chants, as the candles are gradually put out. At my own church in Newton, we read the psalms ourselves and make do. While the service proceeds, the light outside the church is fading.

Morning Open Thread: Winter Holidays & Traditions and Why We Light The Candles

Morning Open Thread: Winter Holidays & Traditions and Why We Light The Candles

Jews may light a memorial candle, called "yahrzeit," or "year's time," on specific nights within four different annual holidays and say specific memorial prayers the next day. Roman Catholics ... York governor's race. Tags do not compound: that is ...

Do you believe the Word of God?

Do you believe the Word of God?

I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!' Light a virtual candle and pray. Why is that verse so difficult to believe? Why do we so often feel as though we have to achieve something, do something, or earn something in order to ...

In Defense of Liturgy the First

In Defense of Liturgy the First

Or perhaps the question was put to us a little more roughly, in the form of the Great Evangelical Misconception, “Why do you need a priest ... less giddy thrill than the Catholic " have been known to don robes, light candles and otherwise engage ...

Catholic Church of Montreal rallies Canadiens fans to light virtual votive candles

Catholic Church of Montreal rallies Canadiens fans to light virtual votive candles

Which is why it is not all that surprising that the Catholic Church of Montreal has jumped so heavily onto the bandwagon, even creating an online mosaic where Canadiens fans can light virtual votive candles in ... the campaign does cause a bit of ...

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