Pictured above: 2019 Paschal Candle – "Pax Vobiscum"
Into the darkened church, a new paschal candle shines the first light. Into the darkness of doubt the newly risen Christ shone the light of faith: “Peace be with you.” In Latin, “Pax vobiscum.” The name of this candle repeats the first words that Jesus spoke after the resurrection, which we hear in Sunday's gospel. An olive branch, symbol of peace, covers a cross to announce good news. Geometric designs above and below the cross define the border that this light alone can break. Description written by Fr. Paul Turner.