Remembering Those We Have Lost
For those who are no longer with us, we light a candle as a symbol of our memories of the times we spent with them.
'A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals' by Ann Ball says we light candles to obtain some favour with the Almighty. This practise probably originates from the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights were burned to demonstrate oneness with living Christians and the lights burned as a silent vigil, so they became known as vigil lights.
St. Albans Cathedral, England.