Holy Week is the most important week of the entire liturgical year, and the Sacred Triduum is the culmination of Holy Week. Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares a three-part "Symbols that Surround Us," video series through the rich symbology of Holy Week in our Catholic Church.
In this third episode for Holy Saturday, Dr. van Parys discusses the Easter Fire and the Pascal Candle. Before lighting the candle from the Easter Fire the celebrant prepares the candle by carving into it a cross, the letters alpha and omega and the year while glorifying Christ saying these words:
Christ, yesterday and today, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, all time belongs to him and all ages, to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.
[All photos were taken before COVID-19.]