Student learn the significance and symbolism of the Easter candle by making a paper replica. The candle is easily made from card stock by printing the free template. Kids who love art and creativity will love finding special colors for the cross and the bands. This Easter candle craft works well for both catechism classes or as a home assignment.
The Easter (Paschal) candle is a large, white candle used liturgically in the Catholic Church. A new Paschal candle is blessed and lit every year at the Easter vigil, and it is used throughout the Easter season and on special occasions throughout the year, such as baptisms and funerals.
- Flame: symbolizes Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. It is the largest candle in the worship space.
- Cross: always the central symbol, most clearly identifying it as the Paschal candle
- Greek letters alpha and omega: signify that God is the beginning and the end. This is taken from the Book of Revelation.
- Current year: represents God’s presence here and now in the midst of the gathered worshipers
Directions for the Easter Candle Craft:
- Print out template on either regular paper or cardstock.
- Cut along the dashed line and around the flame.
- Roll into candle shape and tape in place.
- Stand up on a special spot for all of the Easter season.
Extension: Family involvement
Ask families to make the paper candles during the Easter season. Then have them bring the Easter candles to Mass or a Sunday service during the Easter season. Decide on proper display. Some ideas are to decorate the altar with them or have them decorate the outside the church entrance. To have them stand up in grass, simply use wooden skewers.