Candles in the Darkness – Weekly Inspiring Image


Russian Orthodox believers light candles as they pray in a large church in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Services in Russian Orthodox churches are filled with visual, auditory and olfactory symbols: candle light reflecting from gilded icons; responsive chants led by choirs of priests; the smell of incense wafting up to vaulted ceilings. The Church in Russia has a long history, holding on to faith despite virtual hurricanes of political upheaval. Now a new and fresh breeze is blowing in Russia as churches everywhere increasingly take hold of their God-ordained role in sharing the Word both within and outside their own nation.

Photo: Marc Ewell
Words: Craig Combs