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ICON AND TABLE VIGIL LAMPS


 

Why are Vigil Lamps lit before Icons?
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovic

First - because our faith is light. Christ said "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). The light of the vigil lamp reminds us of that light by which Christ illumines our souls.
Second - in order to remind us of the radiant character of the saint before whose icon we light the vigil lamp, for saints are called "sons of light" (John 12:26, Luke 16:8).
Third - in order to serve as a reproach to us for our dark deeds, for our evil thoughts and desires, and in order to call us to the path of evangelical light; and so that we would more zealously try to fulfill the commandments of the Savior: "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works" (Matthew 5:16).
Fourth
- so that the vigil lamp would be our small sacrifice to God, Who gave Himself completely as a sacrifice for us, and as a small sign of our great gratitude and radiant love for Him from Whom we ask in prayer for life, and health, and salvation, and everything that only boundless heavenly love can bestow.
Fifth
- so that terror would strike the evil powers that sometimes assail us even at the time of prayer and lead away our thoughts from the Creator. The evil powers love the darkness and tremble at every light, especially at that which belongs to God and those who please Him.
Sixth
- so that this light would rouse us to selflessness. Just as the oil and wick burn in the vigil lamp, submissive to our will, so let our souls also burn with the flame of love in all our sufferings, always being submissive to God's will.
Seventh
- in order to teach us that just as a vigil lamp cannot be lit without our hand, so too, our heart, our inward vigil lamp, cannot be lit without the holy fire of God's grace, even if it were to be filled with all the virtues. All these virtues of ours, after all, [are only] like combustible material, but the fire which ignites them proceeds from God.
Eighth
- in order to remind us that before anything else the Creator of the world created light, and after that everything else in order: "And God said, let there be light; and there was light" (Genesis 1:3). And it must be so also at the beginning of our spiritual life, so that before anything else, the light of Christ's truth would shine within us. From this light of Christ's truth subsequently every good deed is created, springs up in us and grows in us.

May the Light of Christ illumine you as well!


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Table vigil lamp of His Eminence Archbishop Aleksey, Moscow

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Vigil lamp KD001
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Table vigil lamp of Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), AOC, Moscow

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Vigil lamp KD002
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Table vigil lamp of His Eminence Archbishop Evgeniy, Moscow

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Vigil lamp KD003
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Table vigil lamp of Father Nikolai Balashov, Moscow.

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Vigil lamp KD004
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Table vigil lamp

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Vigil lamp KD005
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Icon vigil lamp of His Grace Jovan, Bishop of Sumadia, Kragujevac.

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Vigil lamp KD006
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Icon vigil lamp of His Grace Joanikije, Bishop of Budim and Niksic, St. George's Pillars.

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Vigil lamp KD007
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Icon vigil lamp of His Grace Antonije, Bishop of Moravica, Moscow

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Vigil lamp KD008
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Icon vigil lamp from Kosanin Collection, Kraljevo.

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Vigil lamp KD009
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Icon vigil lamp of Jablanovic Family, Vienna

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Vigil lamp KD010
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Icon vigil lamp of Decani Monastery, Kosovo and Metohia

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Vigil lamp KD011
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Icon vigil lamp central store of Diocese of Sumadia, Serbia

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Vigil lamp KD012
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Icon vigil lamp of Marinkovic Family, Krusevac

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Vigil lamp KD013
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Icon vigil lamp of Radosavljevic Family, Kraljevo

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Vigil lamp KD014
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Altar vigil lamp from Zica monastery, donation of Obradovic family, Belgrade

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Vigil lamp KD015
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Altar vigil lamp from Zica monastery, donation of Orthodox Russian people

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Vigil lamp KD016
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Altar vigil lamp from Dormition monastery, La Forie - France

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Vigil lamp KD017
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Table vigil lamp from St. Thomas monastery, Tomic - Svilajnac

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Vigil lamp KD018
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Table vigil lamp from St. Thomas monastery, Tomic - Svilajnac

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Vigil lamp KD019
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Icon vigil lamp of Mr. Dragan Radovanovic

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Vigil lamp KD020
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Vigil Lamp in front of "Virgin Mary of Bethlehem" icon, in Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - Holy Land

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Vigil lamp KD021
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Vigil Lamp in front of "St. Nicolas" icon, in Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - Holy Land

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Vigil lamp KD022
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Six Vigil Lamps above "Star of Bethlehem" in Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - Holy Land

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Vigil lamps KD023- KD028
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Vigil Lamp from Great Lavra Monastery St. Savvas the Sanctified", Palestine - Holy Land

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Vigil lamp KD029
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Altar Vigil Lamp from St. Thomas monastery, Tomic - Svilajnac

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Vigil lamp KD030
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Altar Vigil Lamp from St. Thomas monastery, Tomic - Svilajnac

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Vigil lamp KD031
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Icon vigil Lamp of Vukovic family, Petrovac - Montenegro

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Vigil lamp KD032
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Eleven Vigil Lamps in front of "Star of Bethlehem" in Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - Holy Land

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Icon vigil lamp of Mr. Mladenovic Dragan, Kragujevac

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Vigil lamp KD044
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