Catholic Dictionary

Term

TRIPLE CANDLE

Definition

The triple-branched candle formerly used in the Holy Saturday service. It was lighted by the deacon chanting three times in ascending tomes, "Lumen Christi" (The Light of Christ), while the choir answered "Deo Gratias" (Thanks Be to God). From this candle the paschal candle was afterward lighted. In the revised liturgy for the Easter Vigil the triple candle is simply replaced by the paschal candle.