It’s been a very long time since I have made it to an Easter Vigil. Babies and loooong, late-night Mass just don’t mix well! However, it has always been my favorite Mass. I love the darkness of the church, then the candles being lit, and then the blessing of the Paschal Candle. It’s so beautiful, and visual, and real. I just love it.
It might be a few more years before my family braves the Easter Vigil again. However, last year I found a way to share this love of lighting the Paschal Candle with my children, right here in my own home. To be honest, I can’t believe I never thought of lighting a Paschal Candle at home before! Holy Heroes introduced this family-friendly DIY Paschal Candle Kit last year, we did it, and the kids love it (so I picked up a new one for this year a week or so ago).
(HINT: There’s a video down below of what they learned from trial-and-error about how to make it: it takes 2 people and a hair dryer and then it’s beautiful!)
The Paschal Candle is a beautiful reminder of Christ’s presence among us. The tradition is one of the Church’s oldest, and it is believed that St. Ambrose popularized the tradition in the third century. The word “Paschal” comes from the Hebrew word meaning Passover, and the flame of the candle symbolizes the Light of Christ. (I love symbolism, can you tell?)
My kids love the tradition of the Advent Candles (who am I kidding, so do I!), so they were equally excited about the tradition of lighting the Paschal Candle in our own home to give Easter the same fiery excitement!
Children really seem to understand symbolism so well, better than we “grown-ups,” in fact! Symbols (like candles) ignite the imagination. Our children see the light and can immediately connect it to the love of God and the presence of God. They can wonder at the flame in a way that can be difficult for adults. It stirs their hearts and their heads. When we imagine something it becomes part of us, maybe that is why symbolism is so powerful.
The kit makes a beautiful candle. We rolled our own Advent candles last year in the same way — we all loved them!
Now. I have good news and bad news.
First the good news!
The candle is crazy easy to make (don’t forget the hair dryer…well, watch the video!) and the end product is beautiful (and solid!); you don’t have to be crafty, your kids can help, and it will still turn out lovely. The Holy Heroes’ Guides video at the bottom of the post is step-by-step. The candle is made in the USA from pure beeswax (another beautiful symbol!), so it has a smooth, even, and clean burn.
Now for the bad news…
Stock is limited because these kits are HANDMADE–and it is getting close to Easter so shipping time is also limited! If you want one of the last kits (and you want it in time for Easter) please order now!
You can purchase the candle by clicking HERE.
The Station’s of the Cross Prayer books (also my favorite- the audio CD is just beautiful), the Holy Week Lenten Activity Book (which actually continues with activities through Divine Mercy Sunday–that’s right: it goes beyond Easter morning to cover ALL of the Octave of Easter with activities about St Faustina & Divine Mercy–great for the Year of Mercy!), and the coloring books (perfect to put in the Easter baskets). And the Holy Heroes Saint Matching Game which comes in a cute little bag, too, so it is even fun to put it away!
Don’t forget to check out the DIY video at the bottom of the post!
Praying that the rest of your Lent is fruitful,
Jenny G. Ryan
Here is the video of the Holy Heroes’ Guides making the candle.
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