This Standing Tree of Life Votive Candle Holder is striking in its magnificence. The branches reach out and up, each lifting a votive candle. Standing about 60 inches high and 36 inches wide and handcrafted in Germany of solid bronze, this exquisite candle holder is ideal for the parish church, retreat house chapel or a special grotto or shrine of devotion.
Tree of Life Votive Candle Holder
The Standing Tree of Life Votive Candle Holder upholds our prayers and supplications, symbolized by the branches holding candles. We are invited to light a candle in honor of a friend or family member in need of prayer, in gratitude for an answered prayer, for help in time of trial or for consolation in time of loss and sorrow.
The Tree of Life figures prominently in the first and last books of the Bible (Genesis 2:9; 3:22, 24 and Revelation 2:7; 22:2,14,19) and is a powerful symbol of devotion for Christians.
Symbols of Light in Christian Life
Candles add warmth and beauty, draw our attention to what is important and sharpen our focus. Candles play an important part in the life of a Christian and the Christian community. In many churches, they are an integral part of the service. Lighting candles in our homes may be important to our devotional practice.
In various denominations, at baptism, a candle is lit from the Paschal candle which represents the light of Christ, the Light of the World.
For Christians, the practice of lighting candles dates back to the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. These lights became known as vigil lights (from the Latin vigilia) since they are traditionally accompanied by prayers of watchfulness and waiting. Votive lights emerged as a way of expressing one’s need or desire for favor from the Lord, from Mary, or from a saint. Christians often light candles before images of Christ (in worship of Christ not of the image), and before images of the Virgin Mary and the saints (in veneration, not worship, of Mary and the saints, not of their images).