Handmade Brass Vigil Lamps/Candles. The word candle comes from the Latin word candela = candle. In the Christian Church, the candle is put in front of the sacred icon. The new located in front of the Crucified, in the sanctuary, is always kept alight and that is why it is called the “vigilant” candle. A candle is also put in the house’s reredos and according to the tradition it is lighted every day. It is a habit that maintains its deep Christian symbolism with the Light of Christ which enlightens every man, warms the hope, consoles and keeps company to our endless hours of loneliness. The lightning of the candle symbolizes that this is an offer as a sacrifice of respect and honor to the God and his Saints. It symbolizes the Christ’s light which enlightens every man but it also symbolizes the well-known Lord’s order to be Christians, the lights of the world.
The oil symbolizes the God’s mercy but the candles symbolize the Church which transmits it and enlightens us. They certainly symbolize the Saints whose light was bright according to the Lord’s.
The illumination of the temple symbolizes the holy light of the God’s presence which enlightens not only the newly enlightened hearts but all the Christians’ hearts as well. Our Lord revealed this great truth for Himself with the following words: “I am the light of the world. “(John 8: 12). He is the light not only because of his bright teaching but mostly because of his bright presence.