Antique Hanging Church Candle Relic ~ Vigil Lamp

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Antique Hanging Church Candle Relic ~ Vigil Lamp

185.00

Traditionally, the Orthodox church has used suspended beeswax and oil lanterns, positioned to cast their soft glow on the faces of the icons of saints and angels. Low light was intended to quiet the  mind and the soul and the moment of lighting these lamps brought  attention to a place of stillness. The single flame, a living light, flickers  from the movement of invisible air, a microcosm of the moon and the stars, reflected in the polished brass, silver and gilded icons. 

Our relic from a dismantled Greek Orthodox church, once gold plated now shows the wear of time and use, the interior marked by the use of oil and wick, the exterior gold with some pitting. The overall design is the “Grecian Key” design from antiquity and the canopy is detailed. The chain is rusted and may not be original. The missing original cross has been replaced with an uncleaned Bronze Russian Orthodox “Old Believers cross” from our collection, produced in the 17th and 18th centuries. On the front there is a crucifix and ornamentation, the reverse a prayer in Cyrillic .

Reimagined, a glass cup holds a beeswax tea light, the lamp has been suspended from a hand made rust finished hook  and mounted to a section of reclaimed antique French oak. Burning our beeswax monastery tea lights is like meditation, calming, spiritual, mysteriously beautiful. Serenity.

Overall length top of hanging hook to bottom of cross 21”

Widest part of cup 4 1/2” X 5” without cross

Wood 4 1/2; X 10 1/4” with 4” hook

Ready for wall mounting.

With 3 Beeswax Monastery tea Lights.

As Discovered.


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