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Offline Orthodoc

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Why Are Candles & Vigil Lights Lit?
« on: May 14, 2004, 10:36:22 AM »
> By St. Nicolai Velimirovich
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> FIRST -- because Christ said: "I am the light of the world" (Jn 8:12). The
> lamp reminds us of our faith that Christ illumines our souls.
> SECOND -- to remind us of the radiance of the saint before whose icon we
> light the lamp, for they are sons of light (Jn 12:36, Lk 16:8).
> THIRD -- as a reproach for our dark deeds, evil thoughts and desires, and to
> call us to the path of evangelical light; so that we would more zealously
> fulfill the commandment of the Savior: "Let you light so shine before men,
> that they may see your good works" (Mt. 5:16).
> FOURTH -- as a small sacrifice to God who gave Himself completely as a
> sacrifice for us; as a small sign of our great gratitude and radiant love
> for Him from Whom we ask for life, health, salvation and everything that
> only boundless heavenly love can bestow.
> FIFTH -- to strike the evil powers that assail us even when we pray, leading
> our mind away from the Creator; for they love darkness and tremble at light,
> especially that of God and those who please Him.
> SIXTH -- to rouse us to selflessness; for just as the oil and wick are
> submissive to our will, so our souls should burn with the flame of love in
> all our sufferings, always being submissive to God's will.
> SEVENTH -- to teach us that as a vigil lamp cannot be lit without our hand,
> so our heart, our inner lamp, cannot be lit without the holy fire of God's
> grace, even if filled with virtues for they, after all, are combustible
> material, but the fire that ignites them comes from God.
> EIGHTH -- to remind us that before anything else, the Creator of the world
> created light, and then everything else in order: "And God said, let there
> be light: and there was light" (Gen 1:3). And it must be so also at the
> beginning of our spiritual life, so that before all else the light of
> Christ's truth would shine in us. From this light then, every good deed is
> created, springs up and grows in us.


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Re:Why Are Candles & Vigil Lights Lit?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2004, 11:44:48 AM »
> By St. Nicolai Velimirovich

St. Nicolai, pray for us.

Very nice post, Orthodoc.
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Re:Why Are Candles & Vigil Lights Lit?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2004, 11:56:54 AM »
indeed a very good post.

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Re:Why Are Candles & Vigil Lights Lit?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 03:15:24 PM »
indeed a very good post.

Agreed. (bump)
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Re: Why Are Candles & Vigil Lights Lit?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 03:43:45 PM »
“There is your brother, naked, crying, and you stand there confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.”

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