Photographer's Note

A candle is a symbol of prayer. The act of lighting a candle is a prayer without words, although it is perfectly acceptable to also say a prayer as you light the candle. Lighting a candle acts as a reminder that others pray with us, living and dead, even if they are not there with us. The flame is a symbol of passion, and it points towards Heaven. It also reminds us that Christ is the LIGHT of the world.

In Macedonian Orthodox Churches there are boxes of sand that are usualy put one above the other, and lit candles are put in either of the boxes. What exactly is the meaning of this? The lower box is for those who have passed away and are no more with us. The upper box is for the people that are still with us.

This photo shows the upper candels in the small paraklis of St. Petka, located near the 13th century Monasterial complex Saint Naum (Sveti Naum). It is located some 30 kilometers south of Ohrid, just on few hundred meters from the border with Albania. If you ever got chance to visit this extraordinary place, please do not forget to visit the Monastery church dedicated to Holy Archangels and also do not forget to hear the heartbeat of Saint Naum who rests in this church.

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