In the Catholic Church, light has always had a special significance because it represents Christ. We know that Jesus called Himself the Light of the World.
The light of a candle then is an appropriate sign of prayer and praise. It shows reverence and our desire to remain present in prayer, even when the person who lit it must leave it behind. Often votive candles will continue to burn hours or even days after the person has departed the church.
These candles are seen as a persistent offering that indicates we are seeking some favor from the Lord or the Saint before which the votive is placed. Lighting a candle for someone is a way to both extend your prayers to that person and show your love and solidarity with them. The faithful also light candles as a sign of gratitude to God for answered prayers.
Saint Anne Novena candles burn for nine days and are available for a $10.00 donation. The candles may be left at the church, taken home, or given to those who are unable to attend the Novena. They will be available after all of the masses beginning July 9th.