Paschal Candle

A new paschal candle is blessed each year during the Easter vigil. It is the Easter candle and a symbol of the new, risen life of Christ which we all share in.

The paschal candle is lit for funerals, baptisms, weddings, confirmations and the major celebrations throughout the year.

On the paschal candle there is a design which includes a summary of the Christian faith.

1) The cross
2) The alpha and omega - the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. these remind us that Christ is the first and the last, he existed before any of us and will be here at the end of the world.
3) The year - reminding us that this year, as with all others, is the year of the Lord, we live in God's time.
4) Five incense pins which signify the wounds of Christ (each hand, each foot and forehead.)

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