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Why Do We Light Candles?

In Orthodox Christianity, lighting candles is a significant act of prayer and worship. Candles symbolize the light of Christ, and lighting them signifies a person’s prayer request, devotion, and remembrance of the departed faithful. Candles are also symbolic of the Holy Spirit, and the flame represents the vision of God’s glory. The act of lighting a candle can evoke a sense of peace, comfort, and spiritual significance to those who light it. Orthodox Christians believe that when the candle’s flame is lit, the prayer is offered, and the person feels closer to God. The use of candles during worship services is also common in Orthodox churches, where they represent both light and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Overall, lighting candles is a tradition that underscores the importance of prayer, devotion, and seeking intercession from the saints and Christ himself in the Orthodox faith.