BEESWAX CANDLES IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Candles have always been a part of Catholic worship and symbols of the Divine Light and the light of faith. Candles used in church must be at least 51% beeswax because beeswax traditionally symbolizes fertility and purity, and the beeswax's fragrance evokes the sweetness of God's grace.

Many of these candles are traditionally made of beeswax, and there is a reason for this. Worker bees who gather nectar from flowers do not play a part in the reproduction of the species. Reproduction is left to the queen bee and drone bees. The virgin worker bees dedicate their lives to the creation of this wax and represent Our Lady, the virgin mother who gave birth to Christ. The pure beeswax also represents Christ’s pure flesh.

Candles, when blessed, are one of the greatest Sacramentals of the Church  and are a magnificent and important symbol of Christ.  The pure wax, made by virginal bees, is a symbol of the pure flesh of the Savior coming from the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The candle’s wick represents Our Lord’s human soul.  The flame of the lighted candle signifies His Divinity.  They have also been lit by Catholics for centuries as a symbol of prayer.  

Candles are blessed on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Mother, and the great Paschal candle is blessed on the Easter Vigil.  The Paschal candle is inscribed with Α Ω (Alpha and Omega), and pierced with five nails.  This very special candle remains in the church sanctuary all through the Paschaltide season, bringing us the constant remembrance of Christ risen from the dead.  It is extinguished at the reading of the Epistle on Ascension Thursday.

The Church makes use of candles in many other ways, as well.  Candles are lighted at Mass in memory of the persecutions of the Church, when the first Masses were offered by candlelight in the catacombs.  The sanctuary lamp remains always lighted to let the faithful know when the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church.  The devout faithful also light candles in the Church to represent their continued prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, when they cannot physically be there, but must go about their life and work in the world.  Candles may also be lit at home during times of prayer.  The blessed candle is a very powerful and efficacious sacramental. 

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 Our Jesus candle is made with 100% pure beeswax. Even though the candle is unscented you can smell the sweet scent of honey. Hand poured in our studio in California.

Candles, when blessed, are one of the greatest Sacramentals of the Church. They are given to us directly through the Liturgy and are a magnificent and important symbol of Christ.  The pure beeswax, made bees, is a symbol of the pure flesh of the Savior coming from the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The candle’s wick represents Our Lord’s human soul.  The flame of the lighted candle signifies His Divinity.  The Catholic Church have use candles for centuries as a symbol of prayer. The wax produced by the honeybee is considered the sweetest and purist, the most appropriate for symbolizing the humanity of Christ.

  • 100% beeswax candle
  • Hand poured  in California
  • Not added fragrance, only the subtle sweet scent of honey
  • Candle is 3 3/4" high by 2" Wide
  • To protect your surface at home, candles should be place in a heat resistant saucer, knowing that as the candle melts, the wax will drip down towards the surface.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CANDLES

  • Cut the wick before first use to 1/4"
  • When lightning the candle, leave it to burn for 2 or 3 hours, until all the wax has melted on the surface to avoid tunneling.
  • Trim the wick after each use with a wick trimmer to a 1/4"
  • Keep candle away from draft, and wind
  • Do not burn for more that 4 hours at a time
  • Do not blow on the candle please cover or use a candle snuffer

All these tips will guarantee for a long burn life of your candle.

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