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Saint Martin of Tours Ė Guston Parish Church


Lighting a candle

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Lighting a candle does not replace prayer, but can be a visible sign of our prayer.†† Prayer is not simply sending our shopping list of wishes to God; it is making the effort to focus our wishes in such a way that they are open to the possibility of Godís will for us.†† It allows us to accept that will when we do come to know it.†† As Christ himself prayed just before his betrayal and crucifixion:†† ĎO my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: never the less not as I will, but as Thou will.í


Lighting a candle can also be a sign of welcome.†† We light the Advent candle to show our welcome for Christís arrival here on earth at Christmas; in some countries a lighted candle is placed in the window as a sign of welcome to strangers.†† We pray that we, like Saint Martin of Tours himself, can show a welcome to all those whom we meet, no matter how poor or unlike us they seem, because we recognise Christ in each of them.


On behalf of Saint Martinís church, Guston, we welcome you and pray that, what ever it is that has brought you here today, you may find that peace which the world cannot give, which can only come from God and which we cannot understand, but only come to know.