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Candles of personal use
« on: April 28, 2012, 11:43:15 PM »
What kind of candles do you use in private prayer? Where did you get them?

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 11:49:28 PM »
Beeswax candles.  They are tapers at my church. I usually buy about 10 a month and leave a donation in the candle tray to cover the expenses. I don't know where the church gets them. I could find out and get back to you.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2012, 11:57:33 PM »
Saints Mary & Martha Orthodox Monastery is where I get mine from. Quality candles (for a very affordable price) :

http://www.saintsmaryandmarthaorthodoxmonastery.org/candles.html

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 12:23:36 AM »
What are you all using to hold them?

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 12:29:04 AM »
I also buy beeswax candles from my parish.

For standard 7/8" candles I use a candle holder I bought for a few bucks at Hobby Lobby. For the narrower 3/8" variety I have a tiny candle holder a friend bought me at a monastery.

Before my parish started selling candles, I used regular tea light candles in little glass holders.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 01:07:24 AM »
What are you all using to hold them?
A coffee mug filled with sand.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 06:32:51 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?

If you melt the bottom a little over a flame, they stick anywhere, tho I usually use a glass votive cup.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 06:33:33 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?
A coffee mug filled with sand.

A good idea. (And a good use for those regrettable icon coffee cups, eh LBK?)
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 06:54:56 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?
A coffee mug filled with sand.

A good idea. (And a good use for those regrettable icon coffee cups, eh LBK?)

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 07:04:42 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?
A coffee mug filled with sand.

A good idea. (And a good use for those regrettable icon coffee cups, eh LBK?)

Don't. Tempt. Me ....  :P :laugh: :laugh:

Now if we could only find some good use for those bracelets and t-shirts (and those who make them)...
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 07:07:06 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?
A coffee mug filled with sand.

A good idea. (And a good use for those regrettable icon coffee cups, eh LBK?)

Don't. Tempt. Me ....  :P :laugh: :laugh:

Now if we could only find some good use for those bracelets and t-shirts (and those who make them)...

Burn them. The Tshirts and bracelets, that is. As for those who make and sell them, hmmm. Might not be printable.  ;) :o :laugh:
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012, 07:20:04 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?

Rice works too. I had some junk rice laying around that worked perfectly.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 07:25:44 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?

Rice works too. I had some junk rice laying around that worked perfectly.

Salt and sugar works well, too.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2012, 04:58:37 PM »
my church uses these really thin (stick like) candles I want to get but i cant find them anywhere.. any help would be appreciated, i keep forgetting to ask the priests where they get them LOL

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2012, 05:12:48 PM »
What are you all using to hold them?
A coffee mug filled with sand.

A good idea. (And a good use for those regrettable icon coffee cups, eh LBK?)

Don't. Tempt. Me ....  :P :laugh: :laugh:

Now if we could only find some good use for those bracelets and t-shirts (and those who make them)...

Burn them. The Tshirts and bracelets, that is. As for those who make and sell them, hmmm. Might not be printable.  ;) :o :laugh:

Kill two birds with one grenade.  Burn them and the tshirts and bracelets together.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2012, 06:47:36 PM »
What kind of candles do you use in private prayer? Where did you get them?

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Often beeswax.  We buy them from a "local" OCA convent.  We are in the process of putting up several beehives and will then supply our own.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2012, 07:24:01 PM »
I remember, back home, when people died, since all funeral rites took place at home, as long as the dead was still inside the house (3 days) they kept a candle burning in a jar filled with wheat grains or poppy seed. At the moment they were taking the deceased's casket outside, in the courtyard for the main burial rite, some woman spread all those grains everywhere around the house, for, they thought, he could only come back as a werewolf/ghost after he finished counting all those grains.

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2012, 07:32:21 PM »
For personal use, I leave a donation for candles at my parish and take those. We buy from the Convent of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Wayne, WV (associated with the Hermitage of the Holy Cross).

For holding candles, you can find stands at hobby stores, flea markets, consignment shops, etc. Also, anything filled with sand works fine. I've even seen some places use stands that are just a polished marble or stone top, and people push the ends of the candles down onto it. I can usually get candles to stand like this just by pushing it onto the surface near the base. If that doesn't work, heat the bottom a bit with another flame.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2012, 07:59:48 PM »
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For holding candles, you can find stands at hobby stores, flea markets, consignment shops, etc. Also, anything filled with sand works fine. I've even seen some places use stands that are just a polished marble or stone top, and people push the ends of the candles down onto it. I can usually get candles to stand like this just by pushing it onto the surface near the base. If that doesn't work, heat the bottom a bit with another flame.

Such a method is only safe with candles with a high beeswax content, as the wax is hard enough and sticky enough to allow the base of the candle to stick properly. Many church candles, in my experience, have little beeswax in them (don't be fooled by the yellow or brown color, this is often simply a dye), and it would be much safer to use these candles in a candle holder or embedded in sand or something similar.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2012, 08:02:14 PM »
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For holding candles, you can find stands at hobby stores, flea markets, consignment shops, etc. Also, anything filled with sand works fine. I've even seen some places use stands that are just a polished marble or stone top, and people push the ends of the candles down onto it. I can usually get candles to stand like this just by pushing it onto the surface near the base. If that doesn't work, heat the bottom a bit with another flame.

Such a method is only safe with candles with a high beeswax content, as the wax is hard enough and sticky enough to allow the base of the candle to stick properly. Many church candles, in my experience, have little beeswax in them (don't be fooled by the yellow or brown color, this is often simply a dye), and it would be much safer to use these candles in a candle holder or embedded in sand or something similar.

This is true. Only do as I suggested if you know they're REAL beeswax candles. I know that the ones from my parish are, and I believe the ones from Ss. Mary and Martha are as well.

Thank you for the correction, LBK. ;D
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2012, 03:55:05 PM »
I remember, back home, when people died, since all funeral rites took place at home, as long as the dead was still inside the house (3 days) they kept a candle burning in a jar filled with wheat grains or poppy seed. At the moment they were taking the deceased's casket outside, in the courtyard for the main burial rite, some woman spread all those grains everywhere around the house, for, they thought, he could only come back as a werewolf/ghost after he finished counting all those grains.

Just curious--was the deceased taken out the door or through the window? In Siberia and Alaska (and I thought some parts of rural Ukraine and European Russia) this was the practice. And the mirrors were covered.
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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2012, 03:56:34 PM »
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For holding candles, you can find stands at hobby stores, flea markets, consignment shops, etc. Also, anything filled with sand works fine. I've even seen some places use stands that are just a polished marble or stone top, and people push the ends of the candles down onto it. I can usually get candles to stand like this just by pushing it onto the surface near the base. If that doesn't work, heat the bottom a bit with another flame.

Such a method is only safe with candles with a high beeswax content, as the wax is hard enough and sticky enough to allow the base of the candle to stick properly. Many church candles, in my experience, have little beeswax in them (don't be fooled by the yellow or brown color, this is often simply a dye), and it would be much safer to use these candles in a candle holder or embedded in sand or something similar.

This is bad. Church candles should be 100 percent beeswax.
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2012, 04:00:34 PM »
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For holding candles, you can find stands at hobby stores, flea markets, consignment shops, etc. Also, anything filled with sand works fine. I've even seen some places use stands that are just a polished marble or stone top, and people push the ends of the candles down onto it. I can usually get candles to stand like this just by pushing it onto the surface near the base. If that doesn't work, heat the bottom a bit with another flame.

Such a method is only safe with candles with a high beeswax content, as the wax is hard enough and sticky enough to allow the base of the candle to stick properly. Many church candles, in my experience, have little beeswax in them (don't be fooled by the yellow or brown color, this is often simply a dye), and it would be much safer to use these candles in a candle holder or embedded in sand or something similar.

This is bad. Church candles should be 100 percent beeswax.

Is there a canon for that?  8)
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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2012, 05:48:14 PM »
Saints Mary & Martha Orthodox Monastery is where I get mine from. Quality candles (for a very affordable price) :

http://www.saintsmaryandmarthaorthodoxmonastery.org/candles.html



This is where I've gotten my candles from too.  I get the skinny taper ones.  I've also bought them at church and brought them home.

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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2012, 05:51:17 PM »
I forgot to add. I have a short bonsai planter that i've filled with sand and put my candles in that.

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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2012, 05:55:05 PM »
I remember, back home, when people died, since all funeral rites took place at home, as long as the dead was still inside the house (3 days) they kept a candle burning in a jar filled with wheat grains or poppy seed. At the moment they were taking the deceased's casket outside, in the courtyard for the main burial rite, some woman spread all those grains everywhere around the house, for, they thought, he could only come back as a werewolf/ghost after he finished counting all those grains.

Just curious--was the deceased taken out the door or through the window? In Siberia and Alaska (and I thought some parts of rural Ukraine and European Russia) this was the practice. And the mirrors were covered.
Through the door. But they cover all mirrors, too. And they also used to make a special coiled candle, about the length of the deceased, called "stat" ("stature"), that they put on a plate and was burning on the chest of the deceased.

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2012, 09:42:26 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2012, 06:48:28 PM »
Posted in error.

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Re: Candles of personal use
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2012, 07:25:10 PM »
Saints Mary & Martha Orthodox Monastery is where I get mine from. Quality candles (for a very affordable price) :

http://www.saintsmaryandmarthaorthodoxmonastery.org/candles.html



Thanks, I just ordered some candles from them. I like to support monasteries.

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