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The Meaning of the Easter Paschal Candle

Here at The Little Rose Shop, we love bringing faith into everyday life! One item that is rich in symbolism from the Easter Mass is the Paschal candle. We want to bring the light of the Paschal candle into our homes and into yours. 

The Paschal candle represents Christ, who is the Light of the World. Sacramental candles are made of pure beeswax which is significant, in and of itself. The wax of the candle represents Christ’s freedom from sin in Mary’s womb. The wick symbolizes His humanity, the flame, Divine Nature of both His body and soul. Check out our blog on Candlemas for more info on why the Church uses at least 50% beeswax in their tapers. 


During Easter, five grains of incense are placed in the candle to form a cross. The fragrance reminding us of His body being prepared for the tomb. The five pieces also symbolize the five wounds on His hands, feet and side. 


The Easter Vigil Mass begins in darkness. Then the priest or deacon processes in carrying the large Paschal candle into the darkened church. The candle is then blessed by the priest, inscribing it with a cross, the Alpha and Omega symbols for the beginning and the end, and the current year. 


This beautiful tradition and symbolism is rich in history and meaning. And, it is one that we can bring into our homes to remind us of the Easter season. 


Download our fabulous and free Easter Activity Pack, pick up one or two dollar store candles, print either the black and white wrap to color in or choose our predesigned wraps and simply tape it onto the candle!

Happy Easter!