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What is the Paschal Candle? What does it symbolize & its importance? Let's find out w/ Fr. Marinello

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allow me then to explain to you not only

why it symbolizes there is in Christ but

why we have it in due honor and in

reverence during the Easter season

notice that the Paschal candle is the

tallest candle in the whole sanctuary it

is made out of pure beeswax from top to

bottom because beeswax is only produced

by virgin bees beeswax is only produced

by virgin bees therefore the body of

Jesus had to be produced by and

conceived and given form in the Virgin

Mother of God Mary and so that is the

body of this candle the wick that is

burning from top to bottom is a symbol

of the soul of Christ because the wick

is consumed and the more that the past

the candle is burning the more that that

candle that light gets brighter and

brighter

Jesus was consumed and the more he was

consumed the more he got brighter and

brighter to become the light of the

world that's why he even says it I am

the light of the world then you notice

that there are particular images that

are on the Paschal candle the first

image is the Greek letters Alpha and

Omega these are the first green the

first and last letters of the alphabet

in Greek and we know that the first and

last letters of the Greek alphabet are

used by the letter of Saint Paul when he

says Christ is yesterday today and

forever Christ is the same he is the

beginning and the end he is the Alpha

and the Omega God who breathed creation

in the beginning

breathed Adam and Eve formed Adam and

Eve from the from the ground from the

earth is the same God who at the end of

time will bring everything back to

himself he is the beginning and the end

and he is the same throughout

notice that the Paschal candle is

incised

with the cross because the cross is how

we were saved on Good Friday you notice

that we reverenced the cross we kissed

it we adored it

well the cross is what saves us and then

you notice that there are five nails

five nails I'll pull one out of here

there are five nails that are filled

with incense and this is nailed into

this pure beeswax flesh because it's to

symbolize that the body of Christ was

pierced that the body of Christ was

nailed to the cross in his hands on his

feet on his head was crowned a crown of

thorns and his side it was pierced he

was pierced for our offenses and so the

body of the candle is pierced with these

nails but in the nails are incense

grains why because when they were

preparing the body of Christ for burial

they placed perfume and myrrh they

prepared the body of Christ for death

and so the body of the candle is also

prepared with incense with that perfume

and then lastly you notice that on the

four quadrants of the cross there is the

current year 2020

if God is the god of the beginning and

the end the Alpha and the Omega God

Jesus Christ is the god of today 2020

that he is the God of the present and

that we should never take the present

moment for granted because he has so

many graces to give us and that is what

the disciples will experience in these

50 days the disciples eyes were open to

see the working of Jesus in their life

the candle is seen for us so that we can

see that Christ is lighting our way that

Christ is illuminating our path so that

every single day we can be better every

single day we can be kinder a little bit

more respectful a little bit kinder a

little bit more just so that we can

change the world this candle is not only

lit during the Easter season every year

but the candle is lit at baptisms of

every child and adult the candle is lit

on the day of our funeral Mass the

candle accompanies you and I on our own

journey of faith and we're called to

deeper faith who is this risen Jesus for

you and I who is this Jesus for us

he is the savior of the world who came

to suffer and die to save us but he

tells us I hold you in the palm of my

hand you're mine

I will never let go of you that is the

power of Easter Sunday so my dear

friends I invite you during these 50

days as we continue to pray for the

world as we continue to pray for our own

country and our own City and our own

homes and families and friends that we

may continue to see and to believe