Posted on 30th Jan 2014
Candles are a big part of everyday life. They have moved from their utility of providing light to providing aesthetics to the place. There are several kinds of candles available and they are used in several places- Restaurants, Homes, Churches and outdoors.
In the church, there are different kinds of candles used such as Alter candles, Unity candles, vigil candles, Advent candles, Shabbat candles etc.
Candles are lit during official church services (called liturgy, such as Mass) to indicate the special solemnity of the occasion.
There are stands which have small banks of candles. People can light these candles. These candles are usually placed within small glass containers. They may or may not be colored. These candles are called "vigil lights". A vigil candle is a small candle that is kept burning in the chancel of Christian churches to symbolize the presence of the Holy Sacrament. It is also an altar light. This candle is lit by the worshipper for devotional purposes. These candles are kept burning at a shrine or before an icon. If you need to hold the vigil candles, you might need to use a Paper Bobeche Drip Protector.
Very often you can find them near a statue or icon of Mother Mary. These are called votive candles. These candles indicate that someone is praying about something particular. The prayer may be for themselves or on behalf of someone else. The word "votive" can also refer to a promise to pray for someone, as well as a wish for a certain outcome on behalf of someone, for example recovery of health.
An Advent candle is used to mark the days in December leading up to Christmas Eve. On each day in December the candle is burnt down a little more, to mark the day. Sometimes it can be turned into a Christmas decoration out of sprigs of evergreen or it can be put in a candlestick. Advent candles are traditionally white.
Shabbat candles are candles that are lit on Friday nights before sunset to usher in the Jewish Sabbath.
Tiny Taper Candles are short and skinny taper candles which burn for about an hour.
Mechanical Candle Refills are high quality wax mechanical candle refill with an excellent burn. These last for about 2.5 hours.
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States. One of the more important components of a Kwanzaa celebration is the use of Kwanzaa candles. The candle holder is called the Kinara and the black candle is placed at the center. All of the red candles are placed to the left of the black candle while all of the green candles are placed to the right of the black candle. Kwanzaa candles are usually tapered. The black candle is lit on the first day and on each successive day an additional candle is lit. One starts from the outer candles and works his or her way to the inner candles.