How, when and to whom to put church candles

Valentina Kirikova
20.05.2015

How, when and to whom to put church candles

A candle is a symbol of prayer burning before the Lord, His Most Pure Mother, before the holy saints of God. A candle is a sign of a voluntary sacrifice to God and His temple and a symbol of human involvement in Divine light. A burning candle is a visible sign that expresses ardent love, favor to the one who puts the candle. And if there is not this love and favor, then the candles have no meaning, the sacrifice is in vain. Therefore, to put a candle formally, with a cold heart, it is impossible. External action must be accompanied by prayer - even the simplest one, in your own words.

What does the candle set in front of the icon symbolize?


- The fire of the church candle symbolizes eternity, prayer appeal to God, to the Mother of God, to the saints. The fire always rushes up, no matter how the candle is tilted - so a person, under any circumstances of life, should turn all his thoughts and feelings to God.


When do I need to put candles?


- Those who come to the temple should put candles before the service.It is not good to violate the piety in the temple by passing candles during the service or to squeeze into the candlestick, distracting the worshipers. Those who are late for worship should put candles in after it.


How to put a candle?


- Candles church light one from another, burning, and put in a nest of a candlestick. The candle should stand straight. You should not use matches and lighters in the temple if there are already lit candles in the candlesticks. Do not light a candle from the lamp in order not to drip wax into the oil or accidentally extinguish the lamp.


Who and how many candles should be put?


- There are no obligatory rules where and how much to put candles. Their purchase is a voluntary sacrifice to God. First of all, it is good to put a candle on the “feast” (central lectern) or honored temple icon, then on the relics of the saint (if they are in the temple), and only then on health (on any icon) or repose (on the eve of square or rectangular table with Crucifix).

 

Is it possible to put a candle on the candlestick, if you have nowhere to put it?


- So it should be done. Wrong do those who put church candles on two in one cell or removes someone else's candle to put their own.


Is it possible to hold a burning candle in your hand and stand with it?


- It is customary to stand at a memorial service with lit candles during the service of Matins of the Great Heel. Candles are lit church and on poliele, but this tradition, basically, remained only for clerics. Carefully handle the burning candle: make sure that the wax does not drip onto the floor, and that the clothes on the person who is in front of them do not accidentally ignite. The rest of the time it is more correct to put a candle on a candlestick, which is specially designed for this. In the temple, you must follow the established procedure, and not to do what you want.


To put a candle on absolution? What to read about the remission of sins?


Sins are released only in confession after a sincere, detailed confession of all of them in the presence of a priest and in reading a permissive prayer. A candle is a symbol; in itself, it does not exempt from sins and does not unite with God.


What saint is better to put a candle in case of family discord, when the husband wants to leave the family?


- For the family well-being they pray to the Mother of God, to the holy Guria, Samona and Aviv, the holy blessed Xenia of Petersburg.
It is also useful to remember and realize his guilt towards her husband, ask for forgiveness, try to reconcile.In all family disorders, both sides are usually to blame, but someone must take the first step towards reconciliation. The Apostle Paul advises: “Put on ... mercy, goodness, meekness, meekness, long-suffering, condescending and forgiving each other, if anyone has a complaint against anyone: both Christ forgave you and you. But above all, put on love, which is the totality of perfection ”(Col. 3: 12-14).
Is it possible to light a candle about a non-baptized newborn child who is sick?
- You can pray for non-baptized people with your personal prayer and put church candles for them, you can’t just write their names in church notes, as the Church does not pray for unbaptized. Ill child should be baptized as soon as possible. If the child is ill, you can call the priest home or to the hospital.

 

In the sacrament of baptism, the child will receive a special grace that will help him. If the child dies unbaptized, there will be sin on the parents. A baptized child can commune, order sorokousta, prayers for health - this is the first aid in diseases.


To put a candle about a man who is addicted to drugs?


- You can pray for deliverance from this passion and put a candle in front of the icons of the Mother of God “Inexhaustible Chalice”, the martyr Boniface, the righteous John of Kronstadt.


To put a candle if the child is seriously ill?


A candle can be put to any icon: the Lord Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, the holy saints of God. In addition, you need to know that the child’s illness is a time of prayer and repentance for the whole family. It kind of stimulates the spiritual life. Baby should be given holy water, wash it with this water. And the most important thing is the communion of the sick child of the holy mysteries of Christ.

 

Communion can be both at home and in the hospital, and in the temple, depending on the condition of the baby. If a child already knows how to pray, let him do it himself; if he does not, then parents and godparents need to do it for him. And, of course, spiritual work must be combined with treatment that a professional doctor can recommend.


Which icon is better to put a candle before the upcoming operation?


- You can put up church candles and pray to the holy great martyr and healer Panteleimon, the holy doctors who are unmercenary Cosme and Damian.We also need to prepare for confession and communion, order a prayer for the successful outcome of the operation, find out the name of the doctor and pray for the Lord to rule over his hands.


Is it possible to light a candle about the health of oneself?


- Of course, you can put candles and pray for your health. A candle is a symbol of prayer to God. And most of the prayers are composed in the first person.


Can a pregnant woman put candles for the rest?


- It is possible and necessary to put church candles and pray for the dead.


To put a candle about well-being in business?


- Anyone who wants to receive something from the Lord or from the saints must not only pray to them, but also build his life according to the commandments. Through the Gospel, God asks everyone to be kind, loving, humble, etc., but people often don’t want to hear about it, and they themselves ask Him to help them in their work.


In order for prayers to be successful, one must pray with words coming from the heart, with faith and hope for God's help. And it should be remembered that not everything that a person asks from the Lord is beneficial for him. The Lord is not a machine that fulfills all desires, just press the desired button; and that everything sent by Him is directed towards the benefit and salvation of the soul, although sometimes it seems to people to be unjust.


Where to put a candle from a conspiracy?


- Fear of sorcerers comes from two reasons: from lack of faith and from religious illiteracy. There is true faith, and there is superstition. There is the fear of God, and there is the fear of the enemies. George the Recluse said this beautifully, that whoever is afraid of demons does not have the fear of God, but the fear of enemies, who was born of unbelief. That is, the loss of the fear of God is a retreat from the true faith, and it leads either to faith, too, but only to the enemy, or to fear of the devil.
Fear is temptation and hostile action. The enemy is trying at the expense of fear to keep a person in constant tension. You only need to be afraid of a terrible court, which is inevitable for each person. The Lord warns about this: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell ”(Matt. 10:28). That is, real fear is the fear of sinning, the fear of offending God.
Is it possible to put candles for the tragically deceased unbaptized and in general about the repose of the unbaptized?
- You can put candles and pray for non-baptized, but you can’t submit a note on health and rest in the temple with the names of non-baptized.
Is it possible to put candles on health and rest in Easter?
- It is always possible to put candles about health and repose, but the Church does not make prayers for the dead at Easter and at Holy Week, they are transferred to Radonitsa - the second Tuesday after Easter.
Is it possible to pray and put church candles for animals?
- Since God is the Creator of every creature, then you can pray for animals. There are special prayers in the prayer books that are read in case of diseases and cattle cases. “The righteous also cares for the life of his cattle, but the heart of the wicked is cruel” (Prov. 12:10).
Animals have a soul that dies with the body. Death does not entail for them neither bliss nor torment. The human soul is immortal, since it is created in the image and likeness of God and received from Him the gift of eternal life. The church candle has many deep spiritual meanings, one of which is evidence of a person’s involvement in the Divine light. Therefore, it is more correct to put candles for people, not for animals.
What saint and can I put a candle for the victory of a football team?
- Staying in fasting, prayer and temperance, the saints, before the icons of which they put candles, led a strict ascetic life,for which they have been rewarded by God the kingdom of heaven. They should be addressed with requests that are useful for the salvation of the soul. Passion for gambling is incompatible with spiritual life.
Do you believe that one service can not put several candles for one person?
- Do not believe any meaningless recommendations. It is important not the number of candles set, but the sincerity of faith and prayer. You can pray without candles at all.
There are many near-church superstitions, and all of them are meaningless. One should not believe the talk that the candle should be placed only with the right hand; that if it is extinguished, it means that there will be misfortunes; that the lower end of the candle cannot be burnt for stability in the well, and so on.
Can I put candles bought in another temple?
- Candles are usually purchased in the temple where they come to pray - this is a small sacrifice to this temple.
What to do with the candle after the consecration of cakes and eggs? Is it possible to take her home?
- You can carry it home and light it during your home prayer, or you can put it in the temple in front of any icon.
Why remove only half of the burned candles, because we pay money for them ...
- Because of the large number of people who want to put candles, they are sometimes removed not completely burned out.Do not be embarrassed by this, as well as by the fact that the candle that was not completely burned out was extinguished after the end of the service - the sacrifice has already been accepted by God.

 

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