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Your Favorite Saint And Candle

At my parish we have different stations and statues to honour the Saints. I like to bow down, light a candle and say a pray. What is your favorite type of candle to burn while praying? Also which Saint is your favorite?

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I do not burn candles when praying. I pray while walking, sitting, standing, kneeling, laying, and I pray outdoors and indoors, with others, and alone, etc. And I favor no dead saints, only the favorite Lord God Jesus Christ, the Savior of all the saints, and the only One Mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
---Eloy on 4/27/09

I am sure this is a bogus blog question. A Catholic would say he kneeled before a statue. He would not say he bowed down to it. Anyway, I myself like St Dismas.
---JohnnyB on 4/27/09

In scripture candle means lamp.... Along with the passing of the city, there will be an end of music, crafts, housekeeping, [sound of a millstone] which means around one's neck some burden [a moral obligation] that prevents all freedom of action or self-fulfillment], illumination, and the joys of marriage. [you know, like it was before God's "Great Flood"]? The cause of it all? Because of her deception of all the nations with her religious Socery, an activity promoted by demons and Satan. Satan as a snake, sounds like it. SSS. Included is the entire system of ungodless from the beginning of man's temporary stay on earth.... I do not believe that God is talking of any given nation, I believe God is talking of the whole world.
---catherine on 4/27/09

A word about candles,
Revelation 18:23 "And the light of a CANDLE shall shine no more at all in thee, and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth, for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." I reading the whole chapter of Revelation 18 you will be able to decipher what location descriptor is talking about. Could it possibly be ROME!!!
---mima on 4/27/09

I don't have a favourite saint - in fact I don't believe in honouring any of them since we do not know if they finally made it to Heaven or not. I have a great love for the memory of Anne Boleyn, who delivered the Bible to England, by her work for the underground Church. She helped the reformation along no end, and so was beheaded - having had her name slandered by Thomas Cromwell. I would guess she is a saint. Her work certainly lives on in that we now have many translations of the Bible. Not surprisingly, the only official accounts of her life, and representation by cinema, make her out to be a slut and a witch. Such is life!
---frances008 on 4/26/09

I don't equate candles with praying, but natural beeswax candles are better than the petroleum based ones. My patron saint is my favorite: Jesus Christ, the Lord of all. Although the departed saints can't hear any prayers, they would be offended at knowing that people are not praying to the Lord, Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 1Timothy 2:5.
Isaiah 28:16, John 1:3, Romans 9:33, 10:11-13, Phillipians 2:9-11, Colossians 1:17, 1Timothy 6:15-16, Hebrews 3:1, 6:20, 12:2, 1Peter 2:6, 25, 5:4, etc.
---Glenn on 4/26/09

Saint Faustina> for the Divine Mercy of our Lord...and a living Saint >Fr. Peter Rookey 91 years old now..known as a man of miracles.
he prayed for me and I was healed.
I prayed too.
---lisa on 11/27/07

Saints are declared for the sole purpose of using them as mirrors for us to follow their path to Christ.

I had the pleasure and honor of meeting with a holy priest who had been proclaimed a Saint by the Church.
---Caring on 11/27/07

Anybody who makes it to the NFL is a good football player. But a certain few are elected to the Hall of Fame. The RCC considers everyone in heaven a saint, but canonization is somewhat of a Christian Hall of Fame. Saints can be great role models because of their devotion to Christ. If you personally knew someone like that, canonized or not, it's a great blessing. A relative or personal friend who had a deep personal relationship with Jesus is a great choice for a favorite saint.
---Greyrider on 11/27/07

I like incense better than lighting a candle. Incense is better at giving a room filled with fragrance than a candle. I don't light candles or incense while praying. I never really thought about having a favorite Saint. Because according to the bible the righteous people are Saints.
---Rebecca_D on 11/26/07

1) My favorite saint is a still very much alive (since ALL true born-again believers ARE saints according to the Word of God, without the RCC appointing them as one). She is my spiritual mother, best friend and Pastor from when I lived in North Carolina...Pastor Jenny. She is the fellow saint that I admire most, she is a wonderful, faith-filled, powerful woman of God. I admire her, but never bow down to her or worship her, for that honor belongs to God/Jesus alone.
---Holly4jc on 11/26/07

2) Although I will admit, she and I have both laughed so hard together that we both ended up on the floor laughing! Not bowing down to each other, but on our knees cracking up! And my favorite candle scent(s)...Midsummer's Night from Yankee Candle or Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh from Colonial Candle (you can only get this scent during the Christmas holidays). I HIGHLY recommend it to all you scented candle lovers out there. :-)
---Holly4jc on 11/26/07

Helen, if you are sitting around with your family for a holiday or reunion, and some of the men begin asking the question, who's your favorite football player, are you going to leap to your feet and yell "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him alone!" ?? Don't get carried away with this. BTW, candles are candles and St Michael is my favorite (Revelation 12)
---Greyrider on 11/26/07

I worship and praise the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone. God loves you so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ into this world to become a Man to die on the Cross for your sins, and He rose from the dead three days later, and He is seated now at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is the only way to heaven.
---Helen_5378 on 11/26/07

St. Hildegard von Bingen is my favorite, although I am not a Catholic so don't light a candle while praying.
---Virginia on 2/9/07

Yes, I really do. Here's the thing I found out from a friend who actually made candles. MOST candle making companies will fill 80% or so, of the jar with plain unscented colored wax, then they will finish filling it with the scented wax, giving the false impression that the whole candle will smell that way. But the two I mentioned, toffee and oatmeal raisin cookie- were not that way. I got the cookie one at Walmart and the toffee one at the dollar store! :)
---T.S. on 5/30/06

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I find that most perfumed candles don't smell at all like their labels indicate. I prefer to put a drop of essential oil on a warm radiator. Very quickly the room is filled with the fragrance. One of my favourites is lavender (rose is another but it is V E R Y expensive). T.S. do you really have candles perfumed with all those different food smells or are you just kidding. The only ones I know of that are associated with food are the mints and spices
---M.P. on 5/28/06

Vanilla, cinnamon, yes Apple pie, no ... sorry Cathy. Citrus yes. Pine no.
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/28/06

oops! I didn't answer the question completely. My favorite candle scent usually smells of vanilla, cinnamon, or apple pie.
---Cathy_Y on 5/28/06

Two of my recent favorites: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.....and Toffee! It's hard to keep from drooling when you light either one of THOSE up!
---T.S. on 5/27/06

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T.S. I have a candle that smells like butter cookies baking. I also have apple pie scents and pumpkin bread scented ones. I like to burn them in the fall, to make the place smell homey. In the Spring I like to burn floral scents.
---Madison1101 on 5/27/06

Whenever I have quiet time with Jesus, I like to light a candle to honor Him with in those quiet minutes. It's just set the atmosphere for me to worship.
---Cathy_Y on 5/27/06

Oh yummies T.S. -- I'm gonna have to go have a look and see what candles I've got. Lavender is nice, and Vanilla is delicious. Get the house smelling nice. How wonderful to be free.
---Helen_5378 on 5/27/06

I know, right?! I'm a candle fanatic. At Christmas, my husband teases me and tells me to not burn so many, the neighbors are going to thinking we're having satanic rituals! (he's just kidding) anyway, I love any kind of candle that smells like something baking. There's one called 'birthday cake' that you just want to take a bite out of, it smells so delicious! Hey, this is kinda neat- conversation that isn't so serious and heated all the time! :)
---T.S. on 5/27/06

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I don't pray to dead people, I ask my Christian brothers and sisters to pray along with me.
I do love the smell of candles and often have them burning in my home, but for fragrance only. T.S. my husband's favorite candle is also Sugar cookie, it does smell good!
---NVBarbara on 5/26/06

My mom used to have a saint assigned to each of the the birthdate of all her eleven children. Assigned to me was "San Vicente Ferrer". I am sorry, I don't know the equivalent English name. She used to pray to this Saint each day seven days before my birthday. But that was long ago. I still respect the idea of my mom but I no longer pray to the saint assigned to me. I pray to God alone.
---Raine on 5/26/06

Thank you for your apology. Perhaps we can all learn lessons from this mess, making this a better place for all.

Moderator - :)
---John_T on 5/25/06

My favorite Saint is Saint Nicholas, my favorite candle is sugar cookie - can you tell I love Christmas??? (come on now, just havin a little fun!)

On a serious note, I do not "pray" to saints- I only pray to the one who listens and answers- Jehovah God
---T.S. on 5/25/06

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Moderator - Thanks for the update. That's why we don't allow posting without a check because you are correct some will always cause problems. Sorry, for any missing of comments that should have been declined that were directed toward you. We have 3 moderators and some are more careful than others. Also if everybody will give us some mercy as this is only one function that must be performed each day to make this large website work. We have 1 million visitors per month to the site.
---John_T on 5/25/06

To All, Sweet smelling candles--Posted today. I didn't post it. Must be another Thomas.
---Thomas on 5/25/06

A Catholic, why don't you leave this blog and look into another one since it is offending you? You can chat about something else, friend.
---Okebaram on 5/25/06

I like the sweet smelling candles, however I don't use them in the manner you describe. I don't think it is honoring God or true Christians by praying to the dead Saints.
---Thomas on 5/25/06

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rev Herb-(There way to salvation is by works, and the bible way is by grace through the blood of Jesus without works.) What Bible are you using? James: 22-26 "You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.(Works). You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds(Works) is dead.
---ruben on 5/25/06

RevHerb: Over the top! None of us here can properly judge another's salvation.

You are correct when you say that salvation is by grace alone, but do you realize that having the "proper theology" (yours??) is considered works?

It matters not what church we attend, what matters is that we have a personal relationship with Jesus. That can happen despite being in liberal, or lousy, or cultish church.

Moderator - But of course would be the exception.
---John_T on 5/24/06

Moderator; You mention "blocking" here. Since none of the last 10 or so of my answers have been posted,does that mean I have been "blocked"? Tho none have been nasty or abusive,just not "fundamentalist"!

Moderator - 1st_cliff you are the exception as you are correct you have not been nasty and that is appreciated. However, your answers have been so New Age in theology that we don't want to confuse new Christians as this is a Christian website not a New Age website. Unless we have the time to respond to comments, we tend to block the response if it could hurt or confuse a new Christian. This website as a whole is used for Internet Evangelism.
---1st_cliff on 5/24/06

If you have to burn a candle and bow before a statue, you aint saved. Witches use candles of different color for different spells. I would have to ask myself, Is a Catholic realy a Christian. There way to salvation is by works, and the bible way is by grace through the blood of Jesus without works.
---Rev_Herb on 5/24/06

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Moderator, it is the common practice on the Continent, also. The RCC makes a pretty euro out of the money spent on the candles.

Moderator - I know in my neck of the woods it is the common practice. So in Europe it is standard at the typical parish? If so A_Catholic, are you stating this isn't the case in your parish?
---mike8384 on 5/24/06

I don't think much on candles and saints. I don't have a favorite saint because Scripture says God is not a respector of persons, so I try not to be. He doesn't favor one of us over another. As for candles, I like "Yankie" candles. Seriously, I don't believe this is a sound path to take theologically.
---Debbie on 5/24/06

Sally: I stopped praying to saints in 1975 when I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my savior. It was at that same time that I stopped praying with candles. I like candles, don't get me wrong, I just don't pray with them.
---Madison1101 on 5/24/06

A catholic, I think sally is really a Catholic.
---Okebaram on 5/24/06

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My favorite saint is me,Saint Darlene, since all God's people are called saints. I don't pray at candles but love vanilla,smells so nice in the house,and if I bowed down I couldn't get back up. Statues to me are art,not anything to be honored or prayed before. God is a Spirit and we must worship Him in Spirit and in truth,thats His own Word. You don't need anything but faith to pray, and you should honor God not church named saints. If your question is for real may God show you His truth and way.
---Darlene_1 on 5/24/06

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