Candles

Candles

THE GENERATION OF THE APOSTLES saw the Eucharist [as the] continuity [and fulfillment] of the worship of the Temple. [They] observed that continuity in many ways, employing in the liturgy many of the details formerly associated with [it]. This is evident in the…treatment of lights and lamps.

Illumination was among the early Church’s most common synonyms for baptism. Still today, on the Church’s great celebration of baptism, the Easter Vigil liturgy, the priest holds aloft the paschal candle and proclaims “Christ our light!” three times. The lamp is a symbol of Christ, God’s presence among us. Christ came not just to light our way, but to give us his light as our own.

…[T]he candles represent the light of Christ, but it is a light he has shared with his chosen people, his saints…. The light is Christ. And by grace it is his saints, too. It’s you, and it’s me. Let it shine!

Scott Hahn, Signs of Life (New York: Doubleday, 2009)
Pages 163, 164 and 165. Used with permission.