Paschal Candle

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The Paschal candle is a large, white candle used liturgically in the Western Rite of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, etc.). A new Paschal candle is blessed and lit every year at Easter, and is used throughout the Paschal season and then throughout the year on special occasions, such as baptisms  and funerals.

Meaning of the Paschal Candle

The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. The Paschal candle is sometimes referred to as the "Easter candle" or the "Christ candle." The term "Paschal" comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover. The tall white candle in many ways signifies the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that lead the Israelites in their Exodus from slavery in Egypt.

Additional Information

As the Paschal Candle burns and needs replacement a new candle, possibly with a different emblem/adornment is obtained. Therefore, the photo, while of the current Paschal Candle, will vary over time.

Read more about the meaning and use of a Paschal Candle on Wikipedia. You may find the information regarding the use of the Paschal Candle during the Easter Vigil Service informative.