4. Why do Catholics light candles during Mass?

A lighted candle is a symbol of the Risen Christ who is present at Mass.  “I am the light of the world: he that follows me walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life”.  (John 8:12).  It reminds us of our duty to bring Christ to others: “So let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven”. (Matt 5:16).  
The flame burning away the wax is also a fitting symbol of prayer and sacrifice, our hearts on flame with love towards God just as his Sacred Heart is aflame with love for us.  We are giving ourselves and burning ourselves out for God, just as he gave himself, and burnt himself out for us on the cross.  Return to Faith Matters.

 

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