Methodists/Altar Candles


Is there scriptural basis for the lighting of the altar candles?

Dear Melanee:

    Candles on our altars are reminders of a time when church buildings had no electricity and were illuminated by candle light. Candles burned on the altar where the presiding clergy read from ritual texts.
    Candles remain by tradition, and they remind us that the light of God's love continues to shine in our worship, in our hearts, in our lives.
    But there is no specific Scripture prescribing altar candles.  


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The Rev. William E. Olewiler


United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.


Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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