These votive candles are designed to use during prayers for healing, protection and deliverance through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel. A candle is full of symbolic meaning, but we are saved not by a symbol, but by a real entity—God’s grace.
Pure wax symbolizes the purity and innocence of people offering it. The wax is offered as a sign of our repentance for our obstinacy and willfulness. The softness and malleability of the wax speak of our readiness to obey God. The flame of the candle shows the warmth of love to God. We should not put up a candle just for the sake of the ritual, with our remaining cold. The outward action must be supported by a prayer, be it even a simple one expressed in your own words.
There are some powerful prayers amongst them a popular Chaplet to St-Michael, Oratio ad Sanctum Michael, and the following Novena to St. Michael.
Saint Michael Novena (Say for nine consecutive days)
Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God,
I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession.
For the love of God, Who hast made thee so glorious in grace and power,
and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.
Thou knowest the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty.
Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me.
I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men.
And since thou art God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request: [here mention your request].
Saint Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians,
I have great confidence in thy prayers.
I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted.
Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love.
Protect us in all dangers of body and soul.
Help us in our daily needs.
Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life,
die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever.