One of the hallmarks of Catholicism is sacramentality, which means that we rely on tangible, visible objects in our prayer and worship to raise our awareness of the intangible, invisible graces of God. One popular example of this sacramentality is our use of candles for prayer and worship. We know that we’ve entered into a Catholic church when we see the flickering of vigil candles and smell the scent of burning wax. These burning candles represent the prayers that we lift up to God. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the use of candles in prayer and the relationship between candles and the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (also known as Candlemas), and, believe it or not, Groundhog Day!
For more information about sacramentality, the use of candles in prayer, and the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), check out the following links.