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  • The Old Testament

    The Old Testament speaks of the faithful preparing an altar in the temple of the Lord where incense, burnt offerings and lamp stands or candlesticks are used as they come before the Lord to worship him. Lamps and candle sticks are lighted as worthy offerings to God who dwells in the temple where the faithful come to offer prayers of thanksgiving and implore God’s forgiveness for every wrongdoing.

    “You shall make a lamp stand of pure beaten gold, its shaft and branches, with its cups and knobs and petals springing directly from it. Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lamp stand, three branches on one side, and three on the other……You shall then make seven lamps for it and so set up the lamps that they shed their light on the space in front of the lamp stand. These, as well as the trimming shears and trays, must be of pure gold.” (Exodus 25:31-38)
     

    “On it Aaron shall burn fragrant incense. Morning after morning, when he prepares the lamps, and again in the evening twilight, when he lights the lamps, he shall burn incense. Throughout your generations this shall be the established incense offering before the Lord.” (Exodus 30:7-8)
     

    “He placed the lamp stand in the meeting tent, opposite the table, on the south side of the Dwelling, and he set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded him.” (Exodus 40:24-25)
     

    “They burn holocausts to the Lord and fragrant incense morning after morning and evening after evening; they display the showbread on the pure table, and the lamps of the golden lamp stand burn evening after evening; for we observe our duties to the Lord, our God, but you have abandoned him.” (2 Chronicles 13:11)
     

    “They made new sacred vessels and brought the lamp stand, the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. Then they burned incense on the altar and lighted the lamps on the lamp stand, and these illuminated the temple.” (1 Maccabees 4:49-50)
     

    “After purifying the temple, they made a new altar. Then, with fire struck from flint, they offered sacrifice for the first time in two years, burned incense, and lighted lamps. They also set out the showbread.” (2 Maccabees 10:3)
     

    The New Testament

    The New Testament speaks of Christ’s followers creating light, not only to serve as offering to God, but to be in communion with him. As these lights symbolize Christ, the Light of the world, the faithful who come together in prayer illumines their lives and those they have come to pray for. And their light shall shine forth so others can see the Glorious God who comes to mankind to be one with them in a life that was truly theirs from the beginning of time


    “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
     

    “He said to them, 'Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lamp stand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.’”(Mark 4:21-22)
     

    “No one who lights a lamp hides it away or places it under a bushel basket, but on a lamp stand so that those who enter might see the light.” (Luke 11:33)
     

    “For a tabernacle was constructed, the outer one, in which were the lamp stand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.”  (Hebrews 9:2)