- Paschal trikirion
The Paschal Trikirion ( _el. Τρικιριον; Slavonic: Троіца, "Troitsa") is a liturgical triple-
candlestickused at Pascha (Easter) in the Orthodox Churchand Eastern Catholic Churchesof the Byzantine rite.
Unlike the simpler
trikirion, which is only used by a bishop, the Paschal trikirion is used by every priest at the Paschal Vigil, throughout Bright Week, and on the Apodosisof Pascha. The Paschal trikirion is carried in the left hand by the chief celebrant (whether bishopor priest) at all of the services; in particular, when censing, during the Little Entranceor when giving the Paschal greeting.
The Paschal trikirion comes in various forms. The Greek form of the Paschal trikirion generally has a flat base, so that it may stand upright. Sometimes this base will have an
iconof the Resurrection of Christ. Above this base is a vertical shaft terminating in three candleholders. The trikirion holds three candles, representing the Resurrection of Christ on the Third Day, and also representing the three persons of the Holy Trinity, all three of whom, according to Orthodox theology, were actively involved in the salvationof man. Sometimes the candleholders are mounted at an angle so that the candles cross each other. Often the candles are tied together with ribbons at the point of intersection.
Another form, more commonly seen in the Slavic churches, has the three candleholders attached to a large blessing
crucifixwith a vertical handle. This form cannot stand upright while the candles are lit. The candles may be white or each candle may be a different colour (red, green, blue).
The Paschal trikirion is often decorated with fresh flowers attached to the candleholder.
deaconalso carries a special candle during the Paschal services. The deacon's candle is a single large candle which he carries in his left hand while giving ektenias (litanies), while censing, and at other times when his hands are not otherwise occupied. It is also often decorated with fresh flowers. In the Slavic tradition, this candle is often red.
* [http://www.synod.com/synod/pictures/4jvpasvech_10.jpgRussian Orthodox bishop carrying the Paschal trikirion] (photo)
* [http://www.synod.com/synod/pictures/4jvpascha_19.jpgDeacons carrying Paschal candles] (plus back-view of the Paschal trikirion)
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