What it means to light a candle in church

by 1389 on June 28, 2015

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Questions and Answers: The Light of Christ in the Narthex

Published on Jun 22, 2015 by Fr Athanasios C Haros
Many people have questions about our Orthodox Christian Faith. Many simply do not remember what they learned in Sunday School. Many are not comfortable asking their questions in public. But ALL of us can benefit from the questions of others. This week’s question addresses the “how” and “why” of lighting candles in the Narthex. Some people think lighting candles is just “another thing we do” as Orthodox Christians that has no meaning. But when you place that candle in the sand, you are doing MUCH more than just lighting a candle.


The narthex is the anteroom or entryway of an Orthodox Christian church building. In some parishes, the place to light candles is in the narthex; in others, candles are lit in the nave (the main part of the church where parishioners normally stand for services).

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