Are They Allowed ?

Are candles allowed at your church ? They were prohibited in our Baptist Church. It was felt that they were too mesmerizing, and would distract us from making detailed study notes on the pastor’s excellent sermons. I was mesmerized, though, by his shiny green suit.

In the Catholic Church, candles are universally lit before every mass. They symbolize the light and divinity of Christ, and remind us that we are the light of the world too.

The candles are always made of pure beeswax. Light from the sun causes flowers to produce pollen. Bees gather pollen from thousands of flowers and produce wax from their own bodies. Their wax is formed into candles, which give beautiful light while purifying the air and creating a relaxing environment by the negative ions they create in the air.

I visited a Anglican Church once, and they used candles, but they were cheap paraffin candles which smoked and polluted the air so that poor Mrs. Butler, with her allergies, had to flee the sanctuary.

I use pure beeswax candles at home for my personal devotion time. They are relaxing to watch, and remind me that Christ has pulled us out of the darkness and into his marvellous light.

May our spiritual lights shine brightly, so that the World may know that we are children of the King.

16 thoughts on “Are They Allowed ?

  1. It just goes to show how different people have different points of reference. What seems a beautiful symbol of God’s light to you appears as a distraction to someone else. I once heard a pastor preaching against long hair on men, while at the same time his hair struck me as the same style I remember on Doris Day. Go figure …

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    1. Hahaha….so very true ! God recognizes all our different personalities, and what will draw us closer to him. We have an organ in our church with no volume control ( loud). Some people enjoy the music, I think, but I toy with the idea of bringing ear protectors to church. 😁

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  2. I never noticed this before! The church I go to doesn’t use candles. It is a very simple, very pretty church, almost a minimalist style. I’m always enthralled by the music and later the preaching, so I never did notice the absence of candles 😋

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    1. Yari, that is very interesting. It is beautiful when church music inspires us, and the preaching too. There are so many varied ways to worship God.
      In a Catholic mass I attended, the person responsible for lighting the candles had forgotten to light them, and when Mrs. Squires noticed, she stood up and announced that the mass could not continue because the candles were not lit !
      But it continued anyway….The church candle controversy is interesting. 🤗

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  3. Yep, our churches have always allowed candles. At home we use he battery operated ones because we have cats. It would be too dangerous to use real candles. Our kitties sometimes like to run around here like maniacs.

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  4. Candles remind me that I’m supposed to be a light in the dark world, to tell others about Jesus and His goodness. “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!” Blessings, Sally!

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