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A lamp that is lit with oil, it is hanged in front of the icons, as a reference that Christ is the light Who illuminates the inside of His saints.

This lamp is not put in front of Christ's icon for He is the world's Light.

There is a lamp in the niche that is permanently lit, called "Perpetual." It reminds us of the eastern star that led the Wisemen to where the Lord Jesus Christ was born.

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