Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Guiding Light of Candles

Some of the earliest known candles were sacred artifacts discovered tucked within the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. Those Pharaohs weren't paid the big bucks for nothing. They knew that their candles were not just a source of illumination, but they were also aware that something enlightening flickered in those flames.

Early Christians used candles during evening services. But, as their service times shifted toward daylight hours, they continued to include candles in their services. As a result, candles evolved into a sacred way of honoring martyrs and representing the divine light of God. For Catholics, the candle became symbolic for Christ, with the flame representing His divinity; the wick, His soul; and the wax, His body.

A modern example of candles used in a spiritual ceremony is the Unity Candle, often seen as couples take their wedding vows. In some churches, excessive use of flowers is not allowed in decorating the church for a wedding ceremony. Rather, candles are used, creating a wonderful glow that surrounds the bride and groom. 

And, while candles are still included in many spiritual and religious ceremonies and events, we often forget their rich history and consistency throughout history. In fact, some of the methods used in early candle making are still used today. 

And so, when you light your next candle, whether it's for the enjoyment of the aroma that fills the room or to provide a bit of light, remember that a candle can transform your space into one of tranquility and reflection. 

If you need to replenish your candle stash, Celebrating Home Direct is offering reduced shipping on everything in the store through March 21st. And, get FREE shipping on orders of $100 or more! 
If you haven't tried our Petite Jar Candles, it's one of our most popular! Try brand new Lemon or Rose fragrance candles, or choose from a wide selection of favorites like Monogrammed Linens, Baked Apple Pie. Gardenia, Pink Cupcake and more!

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