The Three Days of Darkness
Please note that everything in red is mine.

When the saints and mystics talk about blessed candles they are referring to the candles blessed at Candlemas, February 2nd. In their days, which is also tradition, the Church would only bless candles on Candlemas (which includes all the ones for the altars, as well as those that the laity could light in the churches) and would give a few to each faithful to have to burn for special favors, storms, etc.

I have done research on the blessed candles to ensure that God meant that it was those blessed on February 2nd. After looking in several Catholic books and researching on the internet, the conclusion is that it is those blessed at Candlemas. Any time you put in "blessed candles" in the search bar, Candlemas is what comes up immediately and when you do further research you learn that it is tradition to bless candles on February 2nd and that was the only time that the Church blessed them. It is the same as only being able to bless Holy Chrism on Holy Thursday or the Baptismal water on Holy Saturday. Now that does not mean that those blessed with the ordinary blessing done outside of Candlemas don't have any benefits, of course when you burn them they prayers are then said, for example, for the Purgatory Souls, but they aren't going to help against storms because only the prayer done for the Candlemas candles have that power.

The biggest difference between the ordinary blessing and the Candlemas blessing is that the candles done at Candlemas are good against storms, which for the Three Days of Darkness is key. (A priest was asked what the difference was between the Candlemas candles and those blessed with the ordinary blessing)

When you read the Three Days of Darkness from multiple saints and visionaries, you realize that the description of those days fit the descriptions of severe storms, so the only blessed candle that would work for those days would be the candles blessed at Candlemas.

I understand that in these times it is difficult to get candles blessed at Candlemas, but if you pray to God and Mother Mary, They will help guide you to a solution. For example, maybe a laity has some extra candles from Candlemas and God may inspire them to send some to those to have none. Another idea would be to send a candle to a priest for him to bless at Candlemas.

I tried to find when the Church started using the ordinary blessing to bless candles all the time, but I was unable to find any history or tradition of it, which is odd and a little concerning. If anyone has any information in regards to when the Church started this practice, please feel free to share. You can either reply in this thread or private messaging, which ever you prefer.

“God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing can be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles (blessed at Candlemas). He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot. During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy.”

“On this terrible occasion so many of these wicked men, enemies of His Church, and of their God, shall be killed by this divine scourge, that their corpses around Rome will be as numerous as the fishes, which a recent inundation of the Tiber had carried into the city. All the enemies of the Church, secret as well as known, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of some few, whom God will soon after convert. The air shall be infested by demons, who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms.

After the three days of darkness, Saints Peter and Paul, having come down from heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and settle upon the cardinal, the future pontiff. Then Christianity will spread throughout the world. Whole nations will join the Church shortly before the reign of the Antichrist. These conversions will be amazing. Those who survive shall have to conduct themselves well. There shall be innumerable conversions of heretics, who will return to the bosom of the Church; all will note the edifying conduct of their lives, as well as that of other Catholics. Russia, England and China will come into the Church."

Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi
Pope Pius IX (1878)

Since the whole world is against God and His Church, it is evident that He has reserved the victory over His enemies to Himself. This will be more obvious when it is considered that the root of all our present evils is to be found in the fact that those with talents and vigor crave earthly pleasures, and not only desert God but repudiate Him altogether.

Thus it appears they cannot be brought back in any other way except through an act that cannot be ascribed to any secondary agency, and thus all will be forced to look to the supernatural...

There will come a great wonder, which will fill the world with astonishment. This wonder will be preceded by the triumph of revolution. The church will suffer exceedingly. Her servants and her chieftain will be mocked, scourged, and martyred.

Marie-Julie Jahenny (19th Century)

The crisis will explode suddenly; the punishments will be shared by all and will succeed one another without interruption. The three days of darkness will be on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. During these three days of terrifying darkness, no windows must be opened because no one will be able to see the earth and the terrible color it will have in those days of punishment without dying at once.

No one outside a shelter will survive... red clouds like blood will move across the sky. The crash of the thunder will shake the earth and sinister lightning will streak the heavens out of season. The earth will be shaken to its foundations. The sea will rise, its roaring waves will spread over the continent.

The bodies of the wicked and the just will cover the ground. Three-quarters of the population of the globe will disappear. Half the population of France will be destroyed.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen (12th Century)

The time is coming when princes and peoples will reject the authority of the Pope. Some countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The German Empire will be divided.

Before the comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm, and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies.

[After the] great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed.

All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of God.

A powerful wind will rise in the North, carrying heavy fog and the densest dust, and it will fill their throats and eyes so that they will cease their butchery and be stricken with a great fear.

Johannes Friede (1204-1257)

When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last, hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature. The alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive, storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy great regions, and the seas will overflow many lowlands. Not all of it will be the result of natural causes, but mankind will penetrate into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds, gambling with its own existence. Before the powers of destruction will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness.

When nights will be filled with more intensive cold and days with heat, a new life will begin in nature. The heat means radiation from the earth, the cold the waning light of the sun. Only a few years more and you will become aware that sunlight has grown perceptibly weaker. When even your artificial light will cease to give service, the great event in the heavens will be near (Three Days of Darkness).

Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified (19th Century)

Mariam Baouardy, O.C.D. (or Mary of Jesus Crucified) (5 January 1846 – 26 August 1878), was a Palestinian Discalced Carmelite nun of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. She was a mystic, who experienced the stigmata, and has been beatified by the Catholic Church.

All states will be shaken by war and civil conflict. During a darkness lasting three days the people given to evil ways will perish so that only one-fourth of mankind will survive. The clergy, too, will be greatly reduced in number, as most of them will die in defense of the faith of their country.

Blessed Gaspar del Bufalo

“The death of the impenitent persecutors of the Church will take place during the three days of darkness. He who outlives the darkness and the fear of these three days will think that he is alone on earth because the whole world will be covered with carcasses.”
Here is the link for the prayers of the blessing of the Candlemas candles, which shows us the power and benefits that they have.
This explains the Feast of Candlemas, including the candles:

This booklet called: "THREE DAYS OF DARKNESS" is available for purchase: "For Additional Copies Write: KEEFE'S CATHOLIC GIFTS, BOX 29, LAKE ELMO, MN 55042"

     These pages are compiled after a study of various quotations of Our Divine Lord, Our Blessed Mother, and a number of holy people such as Blessed Anna Maria Taigai (Rome), Padre Pio (Capuchin Pries, Italy), Père Lamy (Priest, France), (Blessed) Elizabeth Canori-Mora (Rome). Sister Rosa Colomba Asdente (Italy), Father Nectou (Jesuit Priest, Belgium), Sister Palma D'Oria (Italy), Sister Marie Baourdi (Carmelite, France), Marie Julie Jahenny (France), Saint Hildegard (Germany), Marie Martel (Normandy), a Stigmatized Nun in Italy - and others.
     While our Holy Church gives no official pronouncement regarding these statements, yet when several people of "proven holiness" and simplicity, widely separated, give similar prophecies, then the Church gives at least some credence to their sayings. As a certain priest has said, "How else is God to speak to His people, except through revelation!"
     What is writtne is not given to frighten, but only to warn so that we may prepare ourselves, Sanctify our lives, and offer our good works to save souls for God. In any event, Holy Church always urges us to be in a State of Grace at all Times, to be ever prepared for a happy death so that we may be found worthy to enter Heaven and behold God face to face for eternity.
     A number of people have requested that this compilation be made, therefore it is humbly offered, for the glory of God.

Feast of Corpus Christi, 1966


     Increasing violent disturbances on land, at sea and in the air; earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, cloudbursts, breaking of dams, overflowing of streams and seas, huge tidal waves, floods, unusual "accidents" taking many lives, famines, epidemics, destruction, destitution, failure of crops, water and crops will change, becoming more "polluted" and less nourishing.
     Revolutions, downfall of governments, dissensions, wars, confusion in high places, lack of respect for authority, treachery, corruption, brutalities, atrocities.
     Breakdown of family life, immorality, adultery, infidelity, promiscuity, perversion and violence of youth, disobedience, lack of values, indecent nakedness of dress, countless sins and iniquities, people concerned only with eating, drinking, dancing and pleasures.
     Flaunting of Church laws, irreverence and immodesty in church, lack of attendance at Church, neglect of holy conduct on Sundays, neglect of the sacraments, sinful pride in sham-religious activities, many "religious" will fall away and take souls with them, enemies, persecution, suppression of the Church will increase and there will many martyrs.
     Lack of charity, heartlessness, indifference and lack of concern for our neighbor, people turning against each other, even in the bosom of the family, people proud in their own knowledge, and turning away from God.
     Just glance at the daily newspapers to see clearly the above impending signs. (Or in today's age, everything that is currently going on)

     The night will be bitterly cold, the wind will howl and roar, then will come lightning, thunderbolts, earthquakes, the stars and heavenly bodies will be disturbed and restless. There will be NO light, but TOTAL BLACKNESS, utter dark will envelop the entire earth. This will come suddenly like a flash!
     Not a single Demon will be left in Hell, hell will be emptied and every evil spirit will be released to roam over the earth and do all possible harm to souls. The evil ones will appear in the most frightening forms and will fill the air with pestilence and poisonous gases, there will be ''terrifying apparitions''. Many will die from fear and despair, the wicked people will behold the Divine Heart of Our Lord.
     ''My angels, who are to be the executioners of this work, stand ready with pointed swords and they will take special care to annihilate all those who mock Me and would not believe in My revelations.''
     Hurricanes of fires will rain forth from Heaven and spread over all the earth, fear will seize mortals at the sight of these clouds of fire, and great will be their cries of lamentation, many godless will burn in the open fields like withered grass, God's wrath will be poured out upon the whole world, the ''chastisement'' will be terrible such as never before, and will afflict the entire earth.
     Satan will triumph in these awful days, and hell will appear to have gained possession of the world, but God will reclaim it, for even this chastisement is an act of God's mercy. He tells us not to pray against it, as it must come, but pray to save yourself and as many others as possible, and pray that these days may be shortened.

The following is a lengthy compilation of information related to the Three Days of Darkness recently published in Chiesa Viva [December 2020] . 
It can be downloaded from your browser if you so wish. 

     There are predicted two other occurrences, as additional and final warnings before the terror of the three-day darkness: 

*A Prodigy during which time every soul will be shown exactly how they have offended God and to what extent. This will be a time of such intense personal suffering that many will "wish" to die, but one one will die.

*A Miracle similar to that at Fatima, a great wonder to convince many, predicted to take place on the Feast Day of a "young martyr" of the "Eucharist" but Not on a holy day of Our Lady. The miralce will last for about a quarter of an hour and will be visable from Garabandal, Spain, and the surrounding mountains. Our Holy Father will see it no matter where he is at the time. This miracle will take place on a date which will be "announced" eight days Before. Afterwards, God will leave a sign in memory of it.


     As late as 1965, the three days of darkness was spoken of again in a holy person in Europe: "The Divine fire and the fire of hell will arrive and last during the days of darkness indicated by all the saints. My luminous cross will appear in the sky, it will be the sign that the final events are close, and will remind all of My terrible Passion, so that they will have time to reflect, for I shall not punish the world without previous announcement. All will have time to comprehend the significance of that cross in the sky, and everyone shall see it. All will know, even those who "reject" It, that this, My cross, will be the sign that a Redeemer came once to bring salvation and pardon. My cross will honored as never before.


St. Edmund Campion: “I pronounced a great day… wherein the terrible Judge should reveal all men’s consciences and try every man of each kind of religion. This is the day of change, this is the Great Day which I threatened, comfortable to the well-being, and terrible to all heretics.
(Cobbett’s Complete Collection of State Trials…, Vol. I,  p. 1063.)

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi: “A great purification will come upon the world preceded by an ‘illumination of conscience’ in which everyone will see themselves as God sees them.”

Blessed Pope Pius IX: “Since the whole world is against God and His Church, it is evident that He has reserved the victory over His enemies to Himself... all will be forced to look to the supernatural... There will come a great wonder, which will fill the world with astonishment.”

Paul VI: “The maturity of conscience, most difficult to evaluate today, is the discernment between evil and good. Humanity has performed so many evil deeds that its conscience is now darkened by sin. We will need a terrible warning, and many will refuse to listen—a terrible warning. Most people will not heed it, but it will be essential to replace the moral order. Many have lived using their freedom for every kind of pleasure, and they are under the gaze of our God; but this judgment will be direct—at the same time, with His tenderness—and they will be forced to recognize their sin and to separate their sin from their goodness. This time, the sins of the world will be revealed.”

     As soon a you perceive the disturbed signs of the very cold night: God inside, shut and lock all doors and windows, pull down the shades, keep the doors and windows well covered, go and stay away from doors and windows. Do not look out, do not go outside for any reason, and do not talk to anyone outside. ANYONE WHO LOOKS OUT OR GOES OUT WILL DIE IMMEDIATELY! The wrath of God is holy and He does not want us to see it.


     All will be black, and the only thing which will give light will be blessed wax candles; even these will not burn in the houses of the godless and scoffers. Once lit, nothing will put them out in the houses of the believers. Be sure to keep a supply of blessed wax candles in your homes - also - *Holy Water to be sprinkled freely around the house, especially at doors and windows. Bless yourself and others with it. Drink it and anoint your "senses" with it (eyes, ears, nose, mouth) and hands, feet, forehead.

     A sufficient supply of food, water and blankets for those of your household and any visitors. Do not count on any utilities.


     By - leaving enough food and water outside for them to last three days. God will preserve the property of the elect, including their animals. It is assumed that house pets may be kept inside. Animals which have been petted or cared for by a blessed person receive a certain protection.


     Pray with outstretched arms, or prostrate on the floor, pleading for many souls to be saved. Make acts of contrition, of faith, hope, and love. Make acts of Spiritual Communion. Read spiritual books.


     With meditation on its mysteries, "You must think more of the Passion of Christ."


The Blessed Virgin to Marie-Julie: "My children, I have compassion for everything." The Blessed Virgin Mary has compassion even on animals. She says: "Attach medals of St. Benedict to the necks of animals. Sow these medals in the shape of a cross in the fields where the wheat remains in flower without going to the ear. This plague will also reach the vines."
And call upon Our Blessed Mother for He has given these times into the care of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary (under that title). "No harm will come to those who are in the state of grace and seek My Mother's protection."
Call upon the Holy Trinity, Holy Mary, Saint Joseph, Saints Peter and Paul, Saint Therese (the Little Flower), Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Conrad of Parzham, The Holy Angels, your own Guardian Angels, and Saint Michael the Archangel. The cry: "Who is like unto God!" (the motto of Saint Michael) will serve as a protection to many.
     Those who are caught travelling on the road and unable to get to shelter will die as martyrs and be taken to Heaven, if they are good. Some children and others will be taken to Heaven beforehand, to spare them the horror of these days.
     These days of darkness have already been postponed by the increased prayers and the sacrifices of good people and through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother. They may still be delayed a little more, but make no mistake about it, THEY WILL COME, for in the merciful plan of God, this world must be purified of its sin. It is predicted that these Three Days of Darkness will come and No one will escape the terror of these days!
     "I will find them all."

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