On this Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, we bless candles and contemplate the role of light in the world and in our lives – a light that comes from God and is a way we experience and encounter our Creator.
A Prayer for the blessing of candles:
"O Lord Jesus Christ, the True Light, Who enlightens everyone born in this world, pour out Your blessing on these candles and sanctify them by the light of Your Grace. Grant also, O Merciful One, that as these lights, kindled with a visible flame, scatter the darkness of night, so may our hearts by an invisible fire – that is, enlightened by the glowing of the Holy Spirit – avoid the blindness caused by every sin. May we see with the cleansed eye of our soul those things that are pleasing to You and necessary for our salvation.Having overcome the darkness of this world, grant us to attain to the light that never fades: For You are our Savior, and to You we send up glory, with Your unoriginate Father, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen."