Why do we light candles during Silent Night on Christmas Eve?

There is not one single answer, but several! One source suggests that the candles symbolize the stars that guided the shepherd and the wise men to the baby Jesus; another suggests that the candlelight symbolizes the light of Christ; still another suggests that the candles stand in for all the saints that have passed away, those whom we hold in our hearts. In any case, the candles remind us of all the love we carry on the silent night of Jesus’s birth. – Vicar Aaron Musser