paschal candlestick


Paschal Candlestick

 Regancy style paschal candlestick

with Reeded wax pan tray and reeded column

on an ornate regancy bass base on

weighted base

Wax tray 9"

Hight 68"

Base 15"


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€ 1.800


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The blessing of the "paschal candle", which is a column of wax of exceptional size, usually fixed in a great candlestick specially destinedfor that purpose, is a notable feature of the service on Holy Saturday. The blessing is performed by the deacon, wearing a whitedalmatic. A long Eucharistic prayer, the "Præconium paschali" or "Exultet", is chanted by him, and in the course of this chanting thecandle is first ornamented with five grains of incense and then lighted with the newly blessed fire. At a later stage in the service, during the blessing of the font, the same candle is plunged three times into the water with the words: Descendat in hanc plenitudinem fontis virtus Spiritus Sancti" (May the power of the Holy Spirit come down into the fulness of this fountain). From Holy Saturday until Ascension Day the paschal candle is left with its candlestick in the sanctuary, standing upon the Gospel side of the altar, and it is lighted during high Mass and solemn Vespers on Sundays. It is extinguished after the Gospel on Ascension Day and is then removed.

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