The Virtual Chapel interactively re-creates the devotional practice of picking up a candle, lighting it, and placing it in a stand, as if users were in an Orthodox church.
It includes an integrated playlist-driven audio player, as well as links to donations and sharing. It is customizable to allow for a background image from the parish and additional features, providing a unique and customized user experience.
The application should work in virtually all modern browsers using HTML5 that works on desktop computers and mobile devices alike. The app is currently NOT optimized for mobile browsers.
Parishes can use it to encourage engagement of parishioners, and maintain relationships with members who may be traveling or have moved. It can also be used to drive donations to the parish, via the "Donate" button. The audio player can be used to showcase recordings of the parish choir or other related content, such as homilies or other recordings.
- Archdiocese Website: https://www.goarch.org/chapel/lightacandle
- St. Barbara - Orange, CT: http://www.saintbarbara.org/multimedia/light-a-candle
- St. George - Bethesda, MD: https://stgeorge.org/light-a-candle/
- American Carpatho-Russian Diocese: https://www.acrod.org/prayercorner/candle
- St. Mary Orthodox Church - Cambridge, MA: http://stmaryorthodoxchurch.org/multimedia/lightacandle
What does Light a Candle Cost?
We offer the hosted option of Light a Candle for free to parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. All other parishes and organizations have the choice to purchase the full code base for $2,000 or to go with the hosted option for $250/year.