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CANDLES – Candles are used on the altar and on candle stands before icons. The candle expresses the warmth of devotion to the Savior, the Mother of God or the Saint to whom we pray. Candles on the altar are symbols of Christ as the “Light of the World.”  Candles are used in many ceremonies, Baptism, Matrimony, Memorial services and in processions. Candles are solemnly blessed on the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (Feb. 2).