The Paschal Candle is a large candle which is maintained next to the baptismal font. This candle is first lit at the Great Vigil of Easter, and then burns for each Sunday during the Easter season. It is also lit at all baptisms and funerals. The candle symbolizes the light of Christ, and when it is first lit at the Great Vigil of Easter the deacon lights it with fire newly made in a completely dark church, singing an ancient prayer, the Exsultet (“Rejoice, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels ...”) which recounts the story of God’s gift to us of everlasting life.

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