- Paschal candle
:"This article describes the Paschal candle of the Western Churches. For the Paschal triple-candle used in
Eastern Orthodoxand Eastern Catholic Churchesof the Byzantine ritesee Paschal Trikirion."
The Paschal candle is a large, white
candleused 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 seasonand 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's )
The Paschal candle is often lit and placed near the
casket(or remains) for worship services surrounding the death of a believer (funeral, Mass of Repose, and Mass of Requiem) as a sign of the hope of the resurrection into which Christians are baptized.
Eastern Orthodoxand Eastern Catholicchurches there is no direct correspondence to the Western Paschal candle. However, on Pascha (Easter) and throughout Bright Week, the priest carries a cross and Paschal trikirion( _el. Τρικιριον; Slavonic: Троіца, "troitsa") at all of the services, especially when censing, during the Little Entranceor when giving the Paschal greeting. The trikirion consists of three lit candles in a candlestick, which the priest carries in his left hand. In the Slavic tradition, the three candles may be white of different colors: green, red, blue. The deacon also carries a special Paschal candle which is a single large candle whenever he leads an ektenia(litany) or censes. In the Slavic tradition, this candle is often red.
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