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  1. [Christianity] A large symbolic white candle used at Easter.


The Paschal candle is a large, white candle used at liturgy in the Western Rites of Christianity. A new Paschal candle is blessed and lit every year at Easter, and is used throughout the Paschal season which is during Easter and then throughout the year on special occasions, such as baptisms and funerals.

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Google previewCyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (1894)

by John McClintock, James Strong

The Paschal candle is a large candle to which five grains of incense are attached in the form of a cross...

The paschal candle is an emblem of Christ rising from the dead, ...

Google previewAltar Guild and Sacristy Handbook (2014)

Fourth Revised Edition by S. Anita Stauffer

The paschal candle is a resurrection symbol, while the evening prayer candle is a more general reminder of the light of Christ. Handheld candles When handheld candles are to be held by the assembly for candlelight services, it is useful that ...

Google previewTo Crown the Year (2015)

Decorating the Church through the Seasons, Second Edition by Peter Mazar

The Paschal candle is a sign of the light of Christ and the Spirit's fire. There is a good custom of never extinguishing the candle publicly, because that would be too much of an “anti-sign.” As much as possible, the candle is burning while people ...

Google previewGuide for Servers (2012)

THE PASCHAL CANDLE: The Paschal candle is a sign of the risen Christ. At the Vigil in the Most Holy Night of Easter, the candle is inscribed with the numbers of the current year. This is a powerful reminder that Jesus Christ, risen from the ...

Google previewThe New Handbook of the Christian Year (1992)

Based on the Revised Common Lectionary by Hoyt Leon Hickman, Don E. Saliers

The paschal candle is a particularly important visual symbol. It . GREAT THANKSGIVING The text for the Easter Vigil is used; see pages 198- 200.

Google previewThe Bible and Christianity (2008)

by Anita Ganeri, Alan Brown

The paschal candle is a powerful ...

Google previewHoly Baptism and Services for the Renewal of Baptism (1985)

The Worship of God by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The paschal candle is a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is central to the Easter vigil. It then remains near the communion table through the Easter season.29 It is lighted each Sunday from Easter through Pentecost ...

Google previewThe Companion to the Book of Common Worship (2003)

by Peter C. Bower

The paschal candle is a large candle at least two inches in diameter, and at least two feet tall. It is placed in a stand at least three feet high. Traditionally, the paschal candle has a cross inscribed on it with the numerals of the current year and ...

Google previewLeader's Guide for Journey of Faith for Easter and Pentecost (2006)

Creating a Sense of Belonging Between Young People and the Church by Mary Shrader, Jenni Vankat

The Paschal candle is a constant reminder of God's presence. The symbol of fire is also significant to the celebration of Pentecost, at which the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles like fire and created in them a new passion for carrying out Jesus's ...

Google previewThe Living Church (1943)

The paschal candle is an extra large candle which is placed in a candlestick of its own standing on the floor of the sanctuary on the Gospel side of the altar. It symbolizes the presence of the Glorified Christ during the Great Forty Days from ...

Google previewA Dictionary for Episcopalians (2000)

by John N. Wall

paschal candle Large white candle representing the light of Christ and usually decorated with a cross, the Greek letters alpha and omega, the year, and five wax candles. It is lighted from the new fire at the beginning of the Easter Vigil and is ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia

From its flame, the smaller candles of the faithful are lighted; then the deacon places the paschal candle on a stand before the ambo or near the altar, and by its light chants the magnificent Easter Proclamation, the Exsultet. The candle may be ...

Google previewCatholic Dictionary (2013)

An Abridged and Updated Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary by John A. Hardon

PASCHAL CANDLE. A large candle in which five grains of incense have been encased as a symbol of Christ's wounds. It is blessed on Holy Saturday in a special service and is symbolic of the Risen Savior, Light of ...

Google previewNelson's Dictionary of Christianity (2001)

The Authoritative Resource on the Christian World by George Kurian

Paschal candle Large candle lighted throughout the Easter season in Roman Catholic churches. During the Paschal Vigil Service, the celebrant blesses the new fire and then marks the candle with the sign of the cross, the Alpha and Omega ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Religions (2006)

by Bruno Becchio, Johannes P. Schadé

Paschal Candle Easter candle, marked with a cross, Alpha and Omega, and the numerals of the current year, which stands as a symbol of Christ rising from the dead. The paschal candle is lit at the opening of the Easter Vigil. PASSION ...

Google previewAn Episcopal Dictionary of the Church (2000)

A User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians by Don S. Armentrout

The adjective paschal is regularly used to mean pertaining to Easter, as in Paschal candle. Pascha nostrum (Christ our Passover). The term literally means “ our passover” in Latin. It has two distinguishable meanings in the BCP. 1) Canticle ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folklife (2015)

by Simon J Bronner

A paschal candle is lit from the blessed fire, and the candle is marked with ancient symbols: the cross, the alpha and omega, and the year. The candle is then carried into the dark church in procession. Many such processions culminate in a ...

Google previewPocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship (2010)

by Brett Scott Provance

Paschal candle. A special *candle lit during the darkness of the *Paschal Vigil, * symbolizing Jesus' victory over death. It also may be part of *baptismal and * funerary services. Paschal Lamb. The redemptive lamb sacrificed at *Passover which ...

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