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Light a Candle at the Cathedral

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

One of the most iconic sites in Catholic Churches throughout the world are stands of votive candles.  Lit for intercessions, or to remember a loved one, these candles burn day and night as a sign of the impassioned prayer of those who lit them.

The term “votive” comes from the Latin word votum, which means a vow, pledge or religious undertaking or promise. It can also mean a prayer. Catholics light candles to pray for their deceased loves ones, the sick, the health and welfare of family and friends, and for the needs of our worldwide family. In the lighting of candles, we not only pray, but our prayers become symbols of the One Light of Christ, “the Light of the World.”

In these unprecedented times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, lighting a candle for your intention or someone is difficult.  We are offering the opportunity for a priest at the Cathedral to light the candle for you.  You may light a candle for a day or three days.  These candles are displayed in front of the statues of Mary, Our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph.

Click the link to the left if you would like to light a candle at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More.  This service is free, though we do encourage a donation of $5 per candle to assist with the costs of maintaining the candles. Your gift is fully tax-deductible and is a true blessing to us in our ministry.