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Catholic Activity: Easter or Paschal Candle


  • large pillar candle
  • vase or candle holder
  • flowers to decorate around candle

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30 minutes


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In imitation of the Paschal or Easter Candle used at Mass, it is a wonderful custom to incorporate in the family the making of your own Easter candle.


"Lumen Christi!" sings the priest, [Editor's Note: "Christ Our Light" is the English translation.] holding the paschal candle on Holy Saturday. In memory of this light of Christ we can have a candle burning in the home, rather as we did at Christmas. This time, the candle, which should be as large as we can get it, should be set in a vase containing flowers, and can burn during meals during the octave of the feast. The significance could be explained the first time it is lighted, and one could also mention that the flowers as well are emblems of the resurrection, since they, too, have risen from the earth, though the coldness of winter might have seemed to overcome them.

Activity Source: Candle is Lighted, A by P. Stewart Craig, The Grail, Field End House, Eastcote, Middlesex, 1945