Symbolism in Prayer and Christianity

Symbolism in Prayer and Christianity

There are a multitude of symbols in Christianity, one of the most prominent being the holy candle. Alongside the cross, bread and wine, angels, doves, anchors and fish, there are candles, fire, and hands in prayer that reveal themselves over and over as significant symbols in Christianity. Candles provide light and life in darkness, figuratively and metaphorically. The eternal light that burns in every church symbolizes the presence of God.
The candle is also a symbol of the movement and progression of life; in the church, for example, baptismal or communal candles are often illuminated to shine light on people's continued life and growth. Additionally, Jesus is known as the light of the world to Christians, and the ultimate symbol of hope. 
It is with this all in mind that we have created the Holy Prayer Jerusalem community. For those who are not physically able to travel to one of the holiest sites on earth for Christianity, the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, we can be a conduit of hope for you. We light a blessed candle in your honor and leave it on the stage of lights next to Jesus' Tomb to become one with the Holy Fire of the church. This candle symbolizes light and faith in His divine presence. 
The imagery of light and darkness is used throughout Scripture as a metaphor for freedom and sin, and God and that which is without God. Jesus consistently refers to himself as the light. In reference to Jesus, Matthew 4:16 says, “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” Scripture also refers to us as the light in Ephesians 5:8 saying, “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” In John 3:19-21, Jesus describes a freedom that comes from bringing ourselves to the light. 
We invite you to join our Holy Pray Jerusalem community and sanctify your prayers.