For centuries it has been a common custom among Catholics to light Votive Candles at churches and shrines for prayer intentions. The religious meaning attached to the candle and flame can be traced far back in history and the light from the candle is a powerful symbol of Christ, the Light of the World.
The Missionary Oblates have been lighting Votive Candles for years. In fact, we are currently celebrating 20 years of lighting Votive Candles at the Millennium Spire. The Millennium Spire is the centerpiece of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows – one of the largest and most popular Marian shrines in the United States.
When you have a Votive Candle lit at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, you are generating many blessings. You are creating a personal blessing by having the candle lit for your own intentions, or on behalf of a loved one. You are also blessing the Missionary Oblates and our Shrine pilgrims because your donation helps us maintain our programs that shine the Light of Christ into the lives of people in need of healing and hope all around the world.
For a $10 donation 2 candles will be lit for your intentions.