What is a Votive?

A votive candle is a small candle that is colored white or beeswax yellow and is intended to be burnt as a votive offering in an act of Christian prayer.

This practice is especially common within the Anglican, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Christian denominations.

Key Points

  • In Christianity, votive candles are placed at church altars to symbolize the prayers that the worshiper is offering for him or herself or for other people.
  • The size of a votive candle is normally two inches tall by one and a half inches in diameter.
  • Some votive candles can be significantly taller and wider.
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