Every time we attend Mass, there are candles on the altar.
Sometimes two. Sometimes four. Sometimes six or more. At some Masses, there are dozens and dozens of them.
In nearly every church, votive candles burn before statues and sacred images.
For us Catholics, they are omnipresent, automatically turning our thoughts and minds to prayer, to worship, to God.
But why does the Church use candles? What do they actually symbolize?
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