Candles, when blessed, are one of the greatest Sacramentals of the Church (given to us directly through the Liturgy) and are a magnificent and important symbol of Christ. The pure wax, made by virginal bees, is a symbol of the pure flesh of the Savior coming from the Blessed Virgin Mary. The candle’s wick represents Our Lord’s human soul. The flame of the lighted candle signifies His Divinity. They have also been lit by Catholics for centuries as a symbol of prayer.
Candles are blessed on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Mother, and the great Paschal candle is blessed on the Easter Vigil. The Paschal candle is inscribed with Α Ω (Alpha and Omega), and pierced with five nails. This very special candle remains in the church sanctuary all through the Paschaltide season, bringing us the constant remembrance of Christ risen from the dead. It is extinguished at the reading of the Epistle on Ascension Thursday.
The Church makes use of candles in many other ways, as well. Candles are lighted at Mass in memory of the persecutions of the Church, when the first Masses were offered by candlelight in the catacombs. The sanctuary lamp remains always lighted to let the faithful know when the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. The devout faithful also light candles in the Church to represent their continued prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, when they cannot physically be there, but must go about their life and work in the world. Candles may also be lit at home during times of prayer. The blessed candle is a very powerful and efficacious sacramental.
More about candles as Sacramentals, their history and use can be read in our past newsletter.
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