The Paschal Candle: Meaning and Symbolism in Easter Services

08 Jan , 2022

The Paschal candle is a large, white candle lit during the Easter service. The candle is often decorated with symbols of Christ's resurrection, such as a cross or an image of the resurrected Christ. The Paschal candle also represents Jesus' resurrection and triumph over death, and is a symbol of hope and new life.

The Paschal Candle has a long history and carries significant meaning and symbolism in Easter services. The candle is lit during the Easter Vigil, symbolizing the light of Christ's resurrection overcoming the darkness of the tomb. The Paschal Candle is also lit during baptisms, signifying new life in Christ.

Read on for more information about the Paschal candle: the meaning and symbolism in Easter services.

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Which special events use paschal candles?

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Paschal candles are used for certain times during the church calendar, Good Friday, Holy Saturday (the day before Easter), Baptismal Candlemas, Funeral Candlemas.

These certain days have significant meaning within the church:

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, just days before his crucifixion. The Gospel of John tells how people laid down palm branches in front of him as a sign of honour.

Good Friday is the day Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Holy Saturday celebrates Easter Vigil, when Jesus was resurrected from the dead. It's also known as Easter Eve.

Baptismal Candlemas is important because it celebrates not only baptism, but also epiphany - the manifestation of God to humanity in Jesus Christ.

Funeral Candle Masses are celebrated for those who have died and passed from this life into eternal happiness with God. During these services, special prayers are said for the repose of the soul, and the light of a Paschal candle is placed on or near the coffin.

What are the benefits of a Paschal Beeswax Candle?

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There are different benefits of using the Paschal beeswax candle. One benefit is that it has no synthetic scent added, which means even those with allergies can safely use these candles during services and events without worrying about an allergic reaction to them.

These beeswax candles give plenty of light, while staying cool enough not to burn anyone who might accidentally touch one by mistake. The yellow/ivory colour also reminds people throughout all seasons what Easter represents. This colour is symbolic in nature, because it symbolizes attainment, beginning, hope and victory over darkness.

Where is the Paschal Candle best placed?

The Paschal candle is best situated on the altar cross side of the sanctuary, to symbolise that Christ has conquered death and sin. No other candles should be placed in front of them as a sign of its preeminence.

The Paschal Candle should never be near another flame or source of fire for safety reasons, but if this cannot be avoided, then great care must be taken to not damage either candle.

How long is the Paschal candle lit for?

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The paschal candle is lit during the Easter Vigil, usually held on Holy Saturday night. This is the longest and most important service of the year for many Christians. The candle symbolizes Christ's presence in the world and his power over death. It is also used to bless other candles and objects during Easter services.

The paschal candle is lit for the entire Easter season, which lasts fifty days. The flame symbolises the presence of Christ and His light in the world.

During services, the paschal candle is often transferred from one person to another, signifying the movement of Christ's love and grace throughout the community.

Paschal candles can be purchased in many sizes, so it's important to measure your space before purchasing one. Be sure to keep your paschal candle away from drafts, as this could cause the flame to go out prematurely.

How to decorate a paschal candle?

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The paschal candles are decorated with paper flowers, wheat stalks or other greenery.

The candles also have a red stripe called the “paschal transfer” to indicate that this is not an ordinary candle used for daily mass, but one reserved for Easter services only. Paschal sticker transfers can be bought in different designs or you could make your own.

The symbolism of the Paschal candle is rich and varied, and a great way to be creative with your designs for your own Paschal candles.

Where to buy the best Paschal candles?

The Paschal candle is an important part of the Easter church service.

Buy Paschal candles from Vanpoulles. We are a long standing church supplies store, with a wide range of candles and other items to help celebrate Easter.

Our paschal candles are made from the highest quality materials, and come in various sizes. We also have Paschal candle accessories, perfect for adding an extra touch to your Easter service.

If you're looking for high quality paschal candles, then Vanpoulles is the place to go. We have years of experience in supplying churches with all their church supplies, church accessories, church candles and church furniture in the UK and Liverpool. Our Paschal candles are some of the best on the market.

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