The sanctuary lamp, chancel lamp, altar lamp, everlasting light or eternal flame was first prescribed in Exodus 27:20-21. According to the passage, God commanded that a lamp filled with the purest olive oil should always burn in the Tabernacle of the Testimony without the veil. Matthew F. Sheehan offers a large selection of candle sand electric sanctuary lamps to choose from in a variety of styles. We carry wall-mounted, hanging, table top and free standing sanctuary lamps in styles ranging from contemporary to Gothic.
Candle holding sanctuary lamps are some of the most popular styles on the market. They are versatile enough to use in any space, inexpensive to operate and are relatively safe. Candles cast a dim glow and are often used in other areas of the sanctuary making them a natural fit in most churches. Many lights for church sanctuaries include red colored votive shades that further diffuse the light and help distinguish the sanctuary lamp from other votive holders within the church. Though many sanctuary lamps include a red votive shade, the color red is not prescribed by Christian law.
Oil and electric sanctuary lamps are less common, but no less lovely. These lamps also include a red shade and are similar in design to a votive holding sanctuary lamp. Electric lamps are particularly popular in modernized churches where a safer, maintenance-free option is preferred. Oil burning sanctuary lamps are more common in older or more traditional churches.
Whether you choose an oil, electric or votive powered sanctuary lamp, the piece is intended to remind the faithful of the constant presence of Christ and His true light within the church. Enjoy the best selection of beautifully crafted sanctuary lamps at affordable prices by shopping with Matthew F. Sheehan. If you have a question about a particular design or need help finding the right lamp for your space, please call our knowledgeable and friendly customer service team at 1-617-971-9800 during our normal business hours and you will be connected with a live person that will be happy to help.