Outside of church services, there are various other occasions where candles are used. These include times of personal devotion and prayer, as well as while saying grace before eating. In these instances, the burning candles serve to invite the light of God and His presence.
While there is no specific time of day when candles ought to be lit, Busakwe shared that there are different candles for different occasions within the Anglican Catholic denomination.
“An Easter candle is only lit for the duration of the season of Easter and on baptisms, while votive candles are lit by individuals during personal devotion.”
Additionally, the act of lighting a candle comes with specific spiritually-inspired do’s and don’t’s.
“On certain occasions, depending on how many people are present, the number of candles should match the number of persons. In this instance, each candle is set alight by each person. And when extinguishing candles, you use your hands to mystically internalize that light into your body and life. You don't blow them out,” elaborated Busakwe.
Indeed, candles are more than just a magical mixture of wax and wick. There is much spiritual significance linked to their light for many in the Christian faith. As such, the lighting of a candle, whether at church or in one’s personal space, remains a greatly sacred, powerful and rewarding act.
Nomfundo Dhlamini, known as Gogo Nomi in the traditional healing space, is a traditional health and faith practitioner. Dhlamini strongly believes in the influence that candles have in shifting the aura and bringing synergy to a space. “As a healer it is to bring in the aura of light in our work spaces, and to ask God and the ancestors to strengthen and light up our ways.”