The Paschal Candle is a symbol of the Risen Christ which we place as a flaming sign of his presence next to the scripture readings and our altar at the Easter Vigil. Jesus Christ, who enlightens and empowers our world, helps us understand the mystery of his death and resurrection during the Easter Season.
In blessing the candle we proclaim it a sign of “Christ, yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega. All time belongs to him and all the ages, to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.”
We marked the small cross on the candle with red wax markings and prayed “ By his holy and glorious wounds, may Christ the Lord guard and protect us. Amen”
The candle will burn in our chapel next to scripture readings and the altar where we offer bread and wine throughout the Easter Season. The Risen Christ is with us.