Paschal Candle

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  I have been asked, can the Paschal Candle being processed as part of the Opening Procession at Mass have to be carried by bare hands? Can it be in a saucer/container/ holder of some kind, so as children don’t get burnt potentially by falling hot wax. Apparently one priest is insisting on bare hands, refusing the request for a holder?



A:  I don’t know of any legislation about carrying the paschal candle with bare hands, but the only time it is to be carried is during the Easter Vigil, and the deacon holds it. The paschal candle is not part of the opening procession at Mass. It is to be in place in the sanctuary next to the ambo throughout Easter Time.