More Candles for More Prayer Intentions

More Candles for More Prayer Intentions

Let my prayer rise up before You like incense. – Psalm 141

“Due to the ever increasing amount of pilgrims’ prayer intentions received by the Shrine through the Mother of Good Counsel Votive Candle Chapel, the Shrine is happy to report the arrival of two new votive candle racks. The new candle racks provide room for an additional 64 candles, bringing the grand total of the candles in the Votive Chapel to 640. Plans are underway for His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to bless the new votive racks when he visits the Shrine in July. A special note of recognition and appreciation goes to our maintenance specialist, Jim Stolpa.  Jim initiated this project, working with Cardinal Burke, the candle rack manufacturer, and various members of the Shrine Staff, from start to finish. Thank you to all who contributed!”

– Greg Marco, Director of Shrine Operations

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12


Pilgrims may place their prayers in God’s hands through the lighting one or more of the 640 votive candles in the Mother of Good Counsel Votive Candle Chapel. The candles are constantly burning to represent the ceaseless prayer of God’s children and of their heavenly Mother for the salvation of our world.

Pilgrims can request a candle to be lit for periods of weeks, months or years.