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The Ultimate Guide To Church Candles & Votive Candle Holders

Candles are an important part of the church environment. Candles have long been used as a way to show devotion to Christ. In the Old Testament, oil lamps were burned to ‘sustain a perpetual flame,’ while the New Testament says, ‘A first tent was prepared with the lamp stand, the table and the bread of the presence; this is called the Holy Place,’ in a letter from Paul to the Hebrews.

Lighting a candle at church has become a symbolic gesture, and many worshippers will light a candle during a service, as well as forming a part of other services such as Mass, or in memory of a loved one. 

As such an important part of the church, it’s important to ensure you maintain your church candles carefully. Learn everything you need to know in our ultimate guide to church candles and votive candle holders.


What is the significance of lighting a candle in church?

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Lighting a candle in church is a way to demonstrate one’s faith. Light has an important place in Christianity, serving as a manifestation of God. It also serves as a representation of Christ, who said, “I am the true light.” Lighting a candle is an act of love and devotion, prolonging prayers, and is something that can be done at home as well as a church. 

What are church candle stands called?

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Church candle stands are known as votive stands. Votive means something that is  ‘offered or consecrated in fulfilment of a vow’. It represents the prayer that is being said for one’s self or someone else, which is why they’re also known as a ‘prayer candle.’ 

What is a votive candle holder?

Votive stands have many forms, they can be a table-top stand or standalone, and are available in different styles and sizes. Being able to choose from a selection of votive stands means you can choose the most suitable option according to the space you have, and in line with other items you might display in the church. Common colours for votive stands include black and gold, or votive stands can also be made of wood. 

What is symbolic about the votive candle station?

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In Christianity, lighting a candle signifies a prayer intention. In a church, a votive candle station or stand is a dedicated space where someone may go to pray, either privately or with others.

In many churches, there is a collection box located near the candles to help pay to replenish candles and for their maintenance. You may also want to add some additional furniture to store candles and other supplies.

How to get candle wax out of glass votive holders 

Maintaining a clean votive stand can help keep the space presentable, but dealing with candle wax isn’t always easy. 

One of the simplest and quickest ways to clean glass votive holders is with hot water. The hot water can melt the excess wax and leave the glass clean once more. 


A New and Improved Votive Candle Holder

Our St Killians candle burning system can help prevent excess smoke, pooling, spills and more. They’re an eco-friendly way to burn candles, and St Killians provides cleaning solutions to ensure you don’t have to deal with dirty, wax-filled glass again. With a lifetime guarantee, they’re a fantastic investment for your church.


How St Killians Votive Stand works:


  • The three-piece glass system eliminates the need for any plastic/metal cups giving this votive holder a major environmental benefit.
  • The outer coloured glass is secured on the stand.
  • The middle glass helps as a barrier to protect the colour glass from any excess wax.
  • The candle sits in the inner part of the coloured glass.
  • The candle burns for 60-90 mins and is safe to leave.
  • Once the votive candle comes to the end of its life it falls through a hole at the bottom of the glass. It extinguishes itself on the way down, falling into a water bath to guarantee quenching.
  • The candle is made from 3 times refined paraffin and therefore does not omit any soot, smoke and protects the churches features and church furniture and church supplies from any damage

To read more about this votive holder - watch this video or read these FAQ’s


Church candles for prayers at home

As well as being able to light candles at church, it’s also possible to light candles at home while saying a prayer. You can choose from a range of church candles, including pillar and votive candles. 

In addition to the candles themselves, you can also buy votive holders, extinguishers, drip mats and more to help you light and maintain candles safely. 

How to take care of your church candle

To help you take care of your church candle, there are some guidelines you can follow:

  • Burn the candle on a flat, level surface, away from direct sunlight and warm environments.
  • The wick should be upright, and a new wick should be trimmed to around half an inch. 
  • Using a taper can prevent materials from dropping onto the candle, and is preferable compared to matches or other lighting materials.
  • If you’re relighting a candle, ensure that the candle is clean and that the wick is intact.
  • Do not extinguish candles by blowing on them, use a candle snuffer instead.

How to fix pillar candles from tunnelling

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A tunnelling candle burns through the middle, leaving a wall of wax that can spill down the side onto a stand or altar, while also causing the candle to become smokey. Making sure the wick is trimmed and upright before the first lighting can help prevent tunnelling.  

If you notice a candle is tunnelling, you can extinguish the candle and attempt to move some of the wall with a knife before the wax fully hardens. Using a thicker wick can also help aid the burning process. 

To avoid tunnelling as much as possible, candles should be burned for at least an hour. A slower burn time can create the walls, as it hasn’t had enough time to melt the outer wax. 

You might also want to consider using different candles in the summer and in the winter, when it may be draughtier. 

How to keep pillar candles from dripping

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A dripping candle can lead to a number of issues, including damaging furniture. To keep pillar candles from dripping, you can:


  • Keep candles away from draughts if possible.
  • Keep candles at least 10cm apart to prevent unnecessary melting caused by a neighbouring candle.
  • Place candles on a flat and stable surface.
  • Assess the wick to see if it’s too long. This can cause a larger flame that could lead to dripping.
  • You can also buy drip mats to protect surfaces if your space is draughty.


Buy Your Church Candles Today 

While it’s easy to take candles for granted, they have a lot of meaning in the church, which means they need to be carefully considered. From making sure you have somewhere to display candles, to being able to maintain them and ensure they don’t cause damage, there’s a lot to think about for your church candles.

Explore Hayes & Finch’s church candle selection for all of your church’s candle needs.


Step by Step Guide to Church Supplies

Sourcing the best church supplies is one of the most commonly overlooked, yet crucial challenges facing any church organiser or clergy. 

However, when searching for high quality church supplies, you must ensure that all church items are of the desired standard, while simultaneously representing value for money. Moreover, you must ensure you have a suitable supply of all churchware, church accessories, and other products that can be used for daily services and special occasions.

Hayes & Finch boasts a church supplies online catalogue that can help you find everything from altar breads to vestments and beyond. Before buying your church supplies, however, you must first create a list of items needed to maintain a positive atmosphere for all church guests. The following guide will help you cover all angles.


Church Candles and Paschal Candles

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As far as daily church supplies, church candles are among the most significant. Votive candles, sanctuary and memorial candles are some of the most important symbols of all, signifying a person’s intention to pray. Candles are also used at the altar, during sermons, and for decorative purposes. 

Church candles can be made in various heights and diameter sizes to match their distinct purpose. However, long burning times are usually desired from church candles, which is why beeswax altar candles are a very popular solution. Small candles are also used during baptisms, communions, and other special events.

Other church candles are used for specific times of the year. Paschal candles are used to celebrate Easter and are lit throughout this period. Meanwhile, advent candles (which are also used by home users) can be used in December to complete the countdown to Christmas Day. 


Candle votive stands

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If your church uses candles, it will almost certainly need candle votive stands. They are crucial church items that hold the lit candles of prayer, while some designs are specifically designed for holding candles during those special events of the year.

The war on plastic continues to grow in our world. Here we have a solution and one you can add to the recyling plan for your church. You buy single use plastic votive candles that burn for 2 hours, 6 hours, and 12 hours in a church, the used plastic from these will remain on Earth for a 1000 years. 

The plastics from these cannot be recycled and 1000’s of Tonnes of these eventually end up being dumped into landfill. Let your Church be a part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution.

All votive candle stands feature several tiers and rows of candles, all presented in front of the saint. Votive stands can also feature money boxes or be designed specifically for corners. 

For guests who wish to pray for their loved ones, the candle votive stands are an integral part of the church setup. As a clergy, ensuring that suitable stands are present at all times should be a priority. 

The new St Killians candle votive stands are available in the UK through Hayes & Finch. The system helps your church generate donations, it’s easy to keep clean and it reduces the mess of tranditional votive candle stands.


Church Supplies & Resources

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Churches are a central part of their communities and can welcome hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of members and visitors every week. Therefore, ensuring that you have the church supplies and resources to provide a comfortable and pleasant experience is essential for promoting the welcoming atmosphere that every church desires.

Now, more than ever since the pandemic, purchasing antibacterial hand sanitisers and multi-surface cleaners that are suited to the various materials found in church interiors is imperative. Additional supplies may include Palm Ash tubs and packets, as well as incense and golden palm branches for the Palm Sunday celebrations.


Church Furniture

Whether designing the interior of a newly constructed church or giving the spaces some much-needed TLC, the right church furniture choices will be pivotal. Altars, pulpits and lecterns, are some of the most important features to consider. Extra items can range from wall pieces like hymn boards to functional items like confessional screens.

Church furniture designs are available in various shapes and sizes. For example, lecterns can have square or curved stems, while others have adjustable heights. Pulpit designs may feature applied crosses or opt for a beaded design. Altars and other church items offer the same aesthetic flexibility, which is why you can choose from ordering online or discussing your order with an experienced church supplies advisor, who can help you every step of the way.

As well as the church furniture used by organisers and priests, you must consider guest furniture. From pews to chairs, communal kneelers to presidential chairs, quality craftsmanship is pivotal. Likewise, all furniture pieces should create a consistent aesthetic that suits the vibe of the church.


Vestment, Cassocks custom fit, beautiful fabrics, excellent quality

Vestments are essential for all priests and clergy members. They set the right image as you present to your guests and God. Therefore, beautiful fabrics with lasting durability are the only solutions you should purchase. 

Augustine Albs, academic gowns, Alpha Omega chasubles, canon cassocks and cassock capes are just some of the outfits and materials needed throughout the year. Meanwhile, accessories including tapes, stoles, baptism towels, and birettas could be needed.

In addition to wearable items, hanging and pop-up banners, as well as framed prints could be used to create a better atmosphere, reaffirm faith, and provide valuable information.


Vestment Repair - Church Furniture Restoration

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As a clergy member, you want to stock your church with the best products to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for your visitors. While using a comprehensive church supplies provider gives premium quality church items at affordable prices will help.You must ensure that the right moves are made for the sake of your budget. restorations over replacements can be the key.

Church furniture restoration can often be completed by buying replacement parts. Repairing a broken pulpit shelf or book rest is far easier than replacing the whole product. Similarly, new seat paddings can be used to restore pews to their former glory. These options won’t always be viable, which is when the aforementioned church products will be necessary. 

Nonetheless, restoration brassware, fibreglass, resins, silver, wood carvings, and other materials should be considered when looking to transform the church on a budget. Repair services for ripped or damaged vestment materials can be a useful option too.


Holy Communion - Altar wine and Altar breads 

 Church organisers should not limit their preparations to furniture and church product supplies. Consumables are integral features of key events, like Holy Communions. Altar breads and altar wines represent the body and blood of Jesus. Therefore, ensuring that you have those items stocked, including gluten-free altar breads and alcohol-free communion wine, is vital.


Church Supplies and Religious Gifts – Serving the UK

By now, you should have a pretty solid checklist of church furniture, church accessories, and other items that you need to provide your community with the very best services throughout the year. 

To find out more about our new environmentally friendly votive candle stands please visit  candle votive stands or call one of our helpful team, who will happily discuss with you the benefits of this new exciting range.

Hayes & Finch is proud to offer premium church supplies at exceptional prices and with quick deliveries. To place your order or find out more about what we can offer your church, get in touch today!

Our Brand New Website


Our much needed update is finally live, and with it comes a new look, a more refined catalogue of items and an even more secure system!


Hayes and Finch Church Suppliers | Our Brand New Website


We hope this makes you Hayes & Finch shopping experience easier and clearer, with increased visibility for items in stock and delivery.

In these unprecedented times, we have decided not to add our 30 day payment option to the new site, this may be something we choose to add in the future. However there are a range of new ways to pay!

As our existing website was built over 12 years ago, we will be starting afresh with our customer database, to ensure all data is up to date and in line with GDPR regulations. Your existing account will be deleted along with the previous website.

You can now head over and register your new account, Thank you for your continued support!

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