The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes
Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. The
Paschal candle is sometimes referred to as the "Easter candle" or the "Christ
candle." The term "Paschal" comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means
Passover. The Paschal candles & Easter candles featured at
churchproducts.com include brands such as Cathedral Decal, Exemious, Dadant,
Sculptwax, and Fos Aionios. We feature a variety of paschal candles that are at
least 51% beeswax and made in the USA by Cathedral Candle, Will & Baumer,
Dadant and Emkay.
Questions and Answers about Paschal
What are the candles made
of? Paschal candles are made of a variety of waxes and oils, with at
least 51% natural beeswax to conform to Church law.
What sizes are available?
The most popular size is the 1-15/16" x 36" or 39" candle. Standard diameters
start at 1-1/2" and run to 4" with heights ranging from 24" to 60"
In recent years, many churches have switched
to larger candles. 3" and 3-1/2" candles have become popular among larger
churches and even 4" candles are becoming more popular. The largest candle we
have ever made is 5" x 60" !!
Several reasons for the move to
larger Paschal candles:
- large churches with many baptisms and
funerals need a bigger Paschal candle that will last all the way until the
- style and taste changes among American
churches have led to increased use of the larger candles
- candlestick makers have introduce
Paschal candle stands that are shorter and beefier to accomodate the larger
Why are there different designs on
the candles? Paschal candles were traditionally fairly simple
candles. Slightly larger diameter than Altar candles, and anywhere from 12" to
24" taller on average, they featured simple Cross designs with perhaps a few
embellishments. In the mid 2oth century, candle makers starting adding simple
decals to expand the available designs and differentiate their candles from
The Ornamented Paschal
was about the most decorated candle available. Used by many Eastern churches
for certain Feast days, in addition to its use as a Paschal candle, the
Ornamented Paschl featured design elements in relief, along with decals and
usually included the Paschal Lamb, wheat, fishes, ornate gold banding and and
Dadant was one of the leaders in
establishing the popularity of the hand decorated Paschal
candle. Dadant Paschal candles featured embossed designs which were
hand-painted in a variety of colors.
The Dadant embossed design
candles had, and still have a big advantage over decal or wax relief
candles: the candle follower does not hangup in the decal or relief as it
burns down the candle!
Cathedral candle was the first company to
come out with a line of higher end, hand crafted Paschal candles
featuring rich wax relief designs and custom colored wax
ornamentation. They started with their Sculptwax collection of candles and
later the much higher end (and higher price) Exemious line of candles.
Sold through and exclusive dealer network, the Exemious candles are
made to order and take about 4 weeks to produce.