This handcrafted Lumen Christi Candle Stand is a striking and worthy bearer of the Easter Paschal candle or of an altar candle. Standing about 26 inches high and handcrafted in Germany from solid bronze, this exquisite candle holder is well suited for a parish church, for the chapel of a school or retreat house, and for a special shrine or grotto.
Lumen Christi Candle Stand
Lumen Christi is Latin for “Light of Christ.” The Lumen Christi Candle Stand is a fitting holder for altar candles and even the Easter Paschal candle. The light of candles held on candle stands worthy of the sanctuary and altar bring focus in every liturgical and sacramental celebration.
Symbols of Light in Christian Life
For Christians, the practice of lighting candles dates all the way back to the practice of burning lights at the martyrs’ tombs in the catacombs. These lights are vigil lights (from the Latin vigilia) since they accompany and symbolize the community’s prayers of watchfulness and waiting. Candles draw our attention to what is important, add beauty and warmth, and sharpen our focus. Candles play a significant role in the life of a Christian and the Christian community. In many churches, candles are an essential component of the service. Christians also often light candles in their homes as a devotional practice. In many denominations, during the celebration of a baptism a candle is lit from the Paschal candle which represents the Light of Christ, Lumen Christi, the Light of the World.