Now at St. Pat's: virtual vigil candles

Now at St. Pat's: virtual vigil candles June 30, 2011

Want to light a candle for someone you love?

America’s most famous cathedral now lets you do that from the convenient comfort of your laptop:

Each day, visitors from all over the world come to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to light a candle as an act of prayer.

We invite you to participate in our community of faith by lighting a virtual prayer candle online.

The contribution that accompanies the virtual prayer candle helps to maintain a safe and holy environment for the millions of people who visit the Cathedral every year.

One large candle is lit at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to symbolize and commemorate all the virtual candles requested from our community of faith on the Internet.

The candle is pictured above (though it looks to me suspiciously like the Paschal Candle.)

Suggested donation: $5.  Major credit cards are accepted.    Check it out.

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6 responses to “Now at St. Pat's: virtual vigil candles”

  1. I miss the real flame lit candles. Most churches now have the electronic candles. I know they are safer but when I lit the real candle from another flame, I always felt I was joining that unknown prayer to my own. Pressing a button is just not the same. I like the idea of joining all the virtual prayers into one candle at the Cathedral.

  2. We still have lit candles at our Dominican church, a group in front of Jesus, St Joseph and the Infant Jesus. My old church had the electric ones but something was missing, maybe it’s my age, but it seemed “cold”.

  3. We still have the ‘real’ candles as well, and yes, they do seem more authentic. I was recently at a shrine in our province, and even there the electric candles were in use. I suppose it is much safer, but it bothers me to see wax candles becoming a thing of the past in Churches.

  4. I love the feeling of walking into the Lourdes Shrine at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, on a cold winter morning, between the great wrought-iron banks of candles, and feeling the warmth of all those little flames put together as I pass.

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