"Marienkirche - Lighting a candle." Steyr Things to Do Tip by Jerelis

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  Sam and Iris are lighting a candle.
by Jerelis
  • Sam and Iris are lighting a candle. - Steyr
      Sam and Iris are lighting a candle.
    by Jerelis
  • Beautiful interior of the Marienkirche in Steyr. - Steyr
      Beautiful interior of the Marienkirche in Steyr.
    by Jerelis

Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Marienkirche in Steyr we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists inside. Either the bus / coach did not arrive yet or everybody was having their breakfast in the hotels. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The Sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

Address: Grünmarkt 1, 4400 Steyr.
Directions: The facade is facing the Stadtplatz, the main square of Steyr.
othercontact: marienkirche.steyr@dioezese-linz
Phone: 07252 / 53129
Website: http://www.dioezese-linz.at/pfarren/marienkirche-steyr/index.html

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  • Written May 14, 2012
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