During the Easter Vigil Mass, the congregation lights their small candles from the Paschal Candle, as a reminder to share and reflect the light of Christ in their own lives.
Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.” (Lk -37) This idea served as one of the inspirations for the Easter Candle.On Holy Saturday, we wait with expectation for the rising of Christ from the darkness of the tomb to the light of the Resurrection.Scripture tells us that the unbelieving spouse is made holy through the believing spouse (1 Cor. Sacramentally in marriage the spouses are the conduits of grace to each other and in a mixed-marriage of disparity of cult the Catholic is a conduit of grace to the non-believer.If this leads to a free conversion of belief by the non-believer then the church rejoices.Then of course there are meaning “to shine, glow, or burn.” As early as the eighth century, the word “candle” was introduced into the English language specifically in relation to liturgical practices.
Throughout Church history, the candle has represented Christ: the perfect candle, THE Light of the World.
Walk into any Catholic Church, and it’s impossible to miss seeing candles. Go to a baptism, and there will be a huge decorated candle as well as candles for the godparents to hold.
There are candles on the altar, a special candle near the tabernacle, and candles in front of images or statues of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, St. Attend an Easter Vigil, and there will be the same large candle, small candles for the whole congregation, and a small bonfire will be lit outside the church preceding the Mass.
Because virgin worker bees dedicate their lives to the creation of the wax and the nourishment of the hive, these bees have come to represent Our Lady, the Virgin mother who gave birth to the pure flesh of Christ, with Christ’s pure flesh being symbolized by the pure beeswax. Besides the general significance of candles, there are particular reasons why different candles are used for different parts of the liturgy.
The unique Easter candle is easy to recognize because of its size: it is several feet tall and decorated with colorful designs.
It is also imprinted with the year and a cross with five cloves.