Candle lighting is an age old practice which aims to gain the blessings of God or other deities and spirits. For each candle lighting I bless the candle, place it upon the votive stand. Incense of the season is then burned and I recite the invocation of the angels of the hour, day, and season, that they may bless you in your specific endeavor. Common requests are for healing, divine fortification and aid, as well as commemoration for loved ones (or fur babies) who have passed.
*This method does not use the planetary day and hour, but instead uses an old tradition of calling on the precise and ever-changing hierarchy for the moment of time the service is done.