What Is the Meaning Behind Lighting Candles in a Catholic Church?

Catholics light candles to symbolize Christ and to represent connecting with him spiritually. The act of lighting candles includes personal prayer and prayers for others who are in need, and it represents a spiritual communion with other Christians. Leaving the candles burning symbolizes hope that prayers for others are granted.

Catholics also leave the candles burning so that people are reminded to pray for others. The prayers may include petitions for physical and emotional healing, protection, safety and blessings for people who need help to regain financial stability. The lighted candles represent the light of Christ with prayers that the light leads others beyond difficult circumstances. Lighting candles acknowledges prayers of thanks for others who rise above the difficulties they face in life.