By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! And here we are at Easter where we celebrate in a special way this great joy of Christ’s Resurrection.
One of the symbols of the Easter season is the Easter or Paschal candle. Understandably, as with some of the ancient traditions of the Church, it is difficult to know the origins of the Easter candle, though some suggest it has its origin in the fourth century Roman tradition of lighting candles on Easter night.