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Holy Sepulchre Resources

  • Lighting a candle at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is a tradition that has been carried on over centuries. For many, it’s a means by which they can connect with the God who created them and lift up their prayers to Him. It’s a way to express their faith in Jesus Christ and receive His blessing and presence.

    John 8:12: “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The lighting of candles helps us to celebrate the light of Christ and be reminded of our role here on Earth- to give Him glory and guide others to Him. For us, these candles are more than contraptions of wax and flame. They are offerings to God Himself, and they are a sign of our eternal submission and reverence to Him. No matter what your motive is for lighting a candle, the end result is the same- unrelenting worship. In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Whenever our desires are God’s desires, all we need is faith. Lighting a candle is a symbol of that faith, a prayer without words.

    While this is certainly a sacred and wonderful event, not everyone is able to visit the Church who would like to. That’s why we’re giving you the chance to light a candle online. For a low price, you can send your prayers and special instructions to us so that we can light a candle for you, just the way you would do it if you were able to do it yourself. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, we are instructed to encourage one another and build each other up. Our motivation for doing this is not profit or personal gain. Your faith is more than a slip of paper to us. We’re doing this out of love for our fellow Christians, and out of honor and reverence for God.

    Isn’t it awesome that you have the opportunity to light a candle online? You now have the ability to express your faith in a sacred way without ever leaving your doorstep. We understand that to leave home and visit Jerusalem for the sake of lighting a candle is not an easy undertaking. Because of the gift of technology God has blessed us with, we are able to help you connect with God from afar. The meaning, the intention, and the message are all the same- the process is just far more convenient. Light a candle online, and let your prayers be lifted from even miles away.