Lighting a Candle in Prayer

Prayer is an intentional moment of being with God.  Sometimes we sit with Him in silence. Sometimes, we share in conversation. And, sometimes, we ask for His wisdom and help. As we pray, either alone, or together, we open our mind to the realization of God’s presence, our hearts to God’s love, our bodies to His sustaining power, and our souls to His divine presence.  It is a time that can transform us, our communities, and our world.

The Tradition of Lighting a Candle

Throughout the history of civilization, fire, light, has been considered sacred by many people.  In our own Roman Catholic tradition, the candle burning is an outward sign of the presence of Jesus Christ, who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the light…’ (John 14:6).  As we light a candle, we acknowledge the presence of Jesus.  As the candle offers itself to bring light, we share in a moment of reflection on the great mystery of Christ’s own loving self-sacrifice. And, as we offer our prayer or petition, we share in the Grace that comes as we lovingly turn to God. For millennia, in Cathedrals and churches, at Shrines and in homes, Christians have shared in this tradition – bringing many much consolation and peace.

Prayer as You Request a Candle to be Lit

Heavenly Father, as I ask for a candle to be lit, I pray, with St. Jean de Brébeuf and his companions to Jesus my Lord, the light of the world, with my petition (name the petition).  May the Light of your most Holy Spirit fill my soul, my home, my family, and our world.  May this light bring me, and all people, healing, unity, and peace.  And, I pray, that with your Son, I might be a light for others during times of trial.

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us out trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

St. Jean de Brébeuf … Pray for us
St. Gabriel Lalemant … Pray for us
St. Isaac Jogues …       Pray for us
St. Charles Garnier … Pray for us
St. Antoine Daniel …   Pray for us
St. Noël Chabanel …    Pray for us
St. René Goupil …        Pray for us
St. Jean de Lalande … Pray for us

Amen