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Is there a prayer recited when lighting a Yahrtzeit candle?

Is there a prayer recited when lighting a Yahrtzeit candle?


There are those who say the following words while lighting the candle:

"I light this candle to bring peace to the soul of ________ (insert Jewish name) ben/bat (son of/daughter of) ________ (insert father's Jewish name)."

If the Jewish name of the deceased (or the deceased's father) is not known, the secular name may be used.

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Judi Leeds November 16, 2017

Tonight I light a candle for my darling son Reuven Moshe L'abe. (28 Chesvan. /30th niv 2005)My loss is heavens gain and I take great comfort in that. I love and miss you more each day and my heart has an unfilled hole. (12 long years ) You gave me inspiration in life and strength in death. Your soul continues to touch me and all those who knew you. Thank you for being my son. Thank you Hashem for blessing me with my Robert. . Reply

Barbara Dwares Cranston November 21, 2017
in response to Judi:

We also lost a son... February 2004. It is hard to find comfort in the situation. I always say that I have a "hole in my heart". I did find some comfort in your expression of love for your son. We keep Max's memory alive by continuing many of the charitable efforts that he believed in and worked at.
I too feel blessed that we had him for 20 years... but it wasn't enough. Reply

Shelley Flushing NY September 29, 2017

Tonight I light a candle for my father Moishe. You are always in my thoughts and prayers and know that you are always with me. I love and miss you everyday Reply

Audrey Florida September 29, 2017

Tonight I light a candle for my sweet and cherished mother, June Roslyn Brown; my best friend, the best nana to her grandchildren (Brett and Joshua): and the best Alta Bubby you Avi, Shalom Ber, and Chaya, and the best mom to my loving sister Felice. You are with us all each and every day. Reply

Jack New York September 29, 2017

Tonight i light candles for shifra chaya, asher laser and leah to add peace to their neshumahs ! your spirit is in me every day ! The lessons of Chesed and integrity you taught me i use every day! Reply

Stewart Barget London September 29, 2017

Tonight I light candles for beloved parents and my brother. They were individually and collectively sources of wisdom and guidance.

May their respective memorys each be for a blessing. Reply

Jill Lewis Virginia August 29, 2017

Tonight I light a candle first my Dad, , one year ago you left us. My world will never be the same. You were my hero and I miss you every day. Love you to the moon and back. Reply

Susan Levitsky August 9, 2017

Tonight I will light a yahrzeit candle for Mom who died last year. I lit one on her Hebrew calendar yahrzeit and this is the common calendar yahrzeit. It never hurts to say an extra prayer for the peace of a soul. I have been doing this for Dad for years. Reply

Dovid Chaim Hoffman Crown Heights July 27, 2017

Tonight I will light a candle for my dad, Avraham Ben Mendel, on his first Yartzheit. His Neshama should have an aliyah. Until we meet again, dad and dance in Yerushaliam. Reply

Margo New York July 12, 2017

Tonight I light my first yahrzeit candle for my beloved father Louis, the light of my heart, my gehakta lebn, who died on July 13th, 2016.
The world will never be the same. Reply

Paulette Florida May 31, 2017

I will light a candle for my beloved mom, Betty, who passed away June 1, 2016. I miss you so. You are always in my heart. Reply

Carol May 24, 2017

Tonight i will light the candle for my mother, Lisa.who passed away last year on May 25.2016 I lost my best friend last year and miss her every day. Love you Mom. Reply

Isaac Cheshire May 12, 2017

Tonight mom I light this candle in your memory. This will mark the first year without you for mothers day. I miss you mom and my true best friend. I will be coming to Israel to come visit you this week.
I await the time when we will be together again.
Love IHS Reply

Ivy New York May 8, 2017

Tonight I will light the first yahrzeit candle for my Dad David. I miss him and I hope his soul has joined my Mom. He missed her terribly. Reply

Susan New York April 25, 2017

I light the yahrzeit candle tonight for my dad. It's seven years and I still miss him Reply

Danielle Rockville MD April 24, 2017

My Dad had been 91 for only a few weeks when he passed away peacefully. He was a man of his word, a man of honesty and integrity. Hope I'm living up to what my Dad taught me. Tonight I will light his first Yahrzeit candle Reply

Marlena Khan Florida April 22, 2017

My Mother Pearl passed away April 7th 2013- I miss her every day and will light her Yahrtzeit candle tonight. Reply

Ron Wilton Manors, FL March 18, 2017

Yahrzeit for my belolved mother Yedudit My beloved mother Yehudit passed from this world on March 1, 2016. Tonight is her yarzheit. Her memory is blessed and may her soul rest in peace. She was one heck of a lady. Reply

Stacy AZ December 12, 2016

My mom died at 60 yrs old today 3 yrs ago we all miss her. She was born 7/12/53 died 12/12/13 Reply

Anonymous Toronto March 3, 2016

Thank you Thank you for providing this information. Reply

Anonymous hallandale September 23, 2015

My dearly beloved other passed away on 5/10/2009. I miss her very much. She had much wisdom . Reply

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