Light a Candle at the National Shrine

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Light a Candle for your Special Intentions

Lighting a candle for loved ones or the personal intentions we hold within our hearts, is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church. We invite you to join us in this faithful tradition by lighting a candle at Mary’s Shrine.

Vigil candles burn in chapels and oratories throughout the upper and lower Church of the National Shrine. Each burning flame represents the faith of the supplicants and their fervent prayers entrusted to the Blessed Virgin Mary's loving intercession.  

We consider it an honor to light a vigil candle for you and pray for your intentions, which will be kept in confidence.

The suggested donation for one candle is $5.00. Thank you for your generous and prayerful support.

No offering is required for prayer. If you are unable to make a donation at this time, you may submit a prayer request through our Request a Prayer form.

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