This afternoon we paid a visit to the simply wonderful mid 18th century Church and Minor Basilica in the village of Rokitno, in the Przytoczna / Skwierzyna area of Lubuskie, Poland. During the visit we lit votive candles and said silent, individual prayers for either individuals or specific issues. These prayer candles continued to burn after we left the church. The burning flame symbolising the ongoing nature of the prayer. This is a commonplace activity in Catholic churches throughout Poland. In every church we have visited a small charge is made to cover the cost of the candles. In this case the recommended donation is one zloty.
In Poland, Catholics often light candles on 1st November to honour and remember every saint. These candles may be lit in churches as part of an offering at an altar or in cemeteries. Sometimes at home. The candles usually remain lit through to All Souls’ Day, which is the main day of remembrance of the deceased, especially family and friends.
See also: All Souls’ Day.