Candidates and candles

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  In the past we have had the candidates each light a candle from the Easter candle as they make their full profession. That step does not appear in the Rite. Is it acceptable to do that?


A:  Candidates light a candle to renew their baptismal promises together with the entire congregation. I would not have them light their candle apart from that as part of their rite of reception. It could give the impression that their baptism really didn’t count.