| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Candles, Note-Dame de Reims, France

CANDLES, NOTRE-DAME DE REIMS, FRANCE:  Most, though not all Roman Catholic churches, have places where visitors can light candles.  It’s believed that the practice began with people lighting candles at the tombs of martyrs in the catacombs.  The candles were lit to show solidarity—a silent vigil— with other Catholics.  They became known as vigil lights.   Lighting a candle is a way to extend prayer.   Candles are also symbolic of Christ—“I am the Light of the World”.  In major Catholic cathedrals, the lighting of candles is very popular with visitors– pilgrims to the church.  These candles were shot in Reims Cathedral.  The solitary red candle serves as a focal point in the photograph.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85 mm lens at 16m, 1/10 sec. f.3.6 ISO 800.  Photo by John Ecker   |   Pantheon

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