Definition of vigil light in US English:

vigil light


  • A candle lighted and placed on a shrine as an act of devotion.

    • ‘The burning candle or vigil light indicates a person's intention to continue in prayer were that possible.’
    • ‘At the same time, the vigil light will call the people in the world to stand up for their rights.’
    • ‘He lit the vigil lights with great reverence for he loved the saints before whose images they burned.’
    • ‘On this day every family takes the candles and vigil lights they will use during the year into the church for the solemn blessing.’
    • ‘Above this most Holy monument to Orthodoxy hang 43 golden vigil lights which are lit day and night.’
    • ‘As you enter the church, you may give an offering for vigil lights and either light your own or an usher will light them for you.’
    • ‘She quickly laid and lit the vigil lights at his grave.’
    • ‘When the tabernacle is empty the vigil light is snuffed out.’
    • ‘In a real cathedral or church my spirit expands if there are dim corners where worshipers can pray privately before illuminated icons and banks of vigil lights.’
    • ‘Votive or vigil lights are known to be used for various purposes in both indoor and outdoor applications.’