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A devotional practice that is very popular is the offering of votive candles for petitioners or persons known to them and in need of prayers. At the Shrine these are often lit for an extended duration (9 days, or 30 days) and we refer to them as votive lights (to distinguish them from the white glass votive candles which we offer elsewhere). The flame of the candle relates our needs to Christ the Light of the World to whom our prayers and petitions are offered, or to St. Jude, whom we ask, like a close friend, to intercede for us with the Lord. To light a candle for someone or an intention indicates the desire to say a prayer, and the candle symbolizes that desire. It will burn as your silent prayer even when you are physically absent or otherwise engaged.