VOTIVES (LAMPS) or OIL CANDLES
We offer two basic types of votives - hanging or standing oil candles. We recommend the use of olive oil with the burning of the lamps. Beeswax wicks and floats are also available from The Greek Soul. They are located under the heading of Incense, Incense Burners and Supplies.
The Orthodox Vigil Lamp
The vigil lamp is a candle burning lamp that is placed before an icon as a reminder that Jesus Christ is the light of the world and illumines our souls.
How a Vigil lamp is used
Vigil lamps are used extensively in churches and chapels. Hanging lamps are the most common, consisting of a wall mounted bracket with three chains attached to a holder that holds the glass bowl containing the oil. The metal ware is generally plated in silver or gold. The hanging lamp is hung from a bracket mounted over an icon so that the lamp is in front of the lower half of the icon.
Standing lamps are often used when an icon is hung low over a table or stand, Often a vigil lamp maybe mounted on top of a tube placed in the middle of a candle stand, that is before an icon, where the faithful can place individual bee's wax candles. In these cases the vigil lamp provides the source for the worshiper to light their candles.
Vigil lamps are often used by the faithful before icons in icon corners in their homes.