Originally Posted by Lead Me Home
at my parish there is a statue of St. Monica, the patroness of the parish. Are there any traditions or guidelines to lighting prayer candles.
well it is not part of Mass, but you can light a candle any time you visit the church, before or after Mass, if they have a votive stand. Usually people purchase candles in the parish office which meet fire code regulations. If there is a candle in place which has gone out but still has wax you can light it again. don't purchase a candle from an outside source until you find out what is approved in your area, or you could be posing a fire hazard. the popular candles sold in grocery and dollar stores are particularly dangerous.
St Monica is a good saint to ask prayers for a family member to become Catholic, or who has fallen away from the Faith