Easter Candles for Boys
A custom that in our minds is linked to pleasant childhood memories is the specially decorated candles made for Easter, called “lambathes” (lah-BAH-thahs). It is often customary that these candles are gifted to children from their Godparents.
Easter candles are decorated in an array of colors, ribbons, and crosses - this is to symbolize the festive glory and honor we celebrate when receiving Christ's Eternal Flame. All our Easter candles include a cross which is the symbol of Christ’s victory over death.
We use candles made by local artisans that use 100% highly refined and dense, white paraffin wax. The candle’s pure cotton wick allows for a slow, calm, long-lasting burn at a rate of approximately 1” per hour. The designs start at a level on the candle that is appropriate to the amount of time that you need the candles to burn during the Easter Service.Read More
On the night of Holy Saturday, everyone goes to church for the Service of the Ressurection holding their own personal Easter Candles. At midnight all light in the church is extinguished until the priest announces the resurrection of Christ. At that time he passes the Holy Flame, taken from Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem, to the people of the congregation until the whole church is filled with flickering candlelight.
People take their lit candles home as a blessing. Some make the sign of the cross on the head of the door as they enter their home, others light their vigil oil lamps and keep the New Light for the year.