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Chapel of the Resurrection 2003
Paschal candle at the Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection in Valparaiso, Indiana

Picture of candle

Ben Leese
Michael Kern

Carved by:

Luke Smetters
Michael Kern


This candle uses a dogwood flower as the form of the cross. The natural notches in the flower petals represent the wounds of Christ. The bands show the dogwood through the seasons, demonstrating life as it moves from new birth to death. Although the final band shows death, we remember that the tree does not die, but returns to life the next spring, just as we are resurrected to new life like Christ.

Chapel of the Resurrection - Outside