Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Paschal candle at the Gloria Dei Worship Center Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio
The 7 bands at the top of the design represent the 7 days of Creation. The cross below it represents the "8th day." By considering Sunday as the 8th day, we understand that the world ends with Jesus dying on the cross, but it is also the first day of the week as Christ's death is the beginning of new life. The cross design is an adaptation of Margaret E. P. Dixon's sculpture that is found in the Shalom Room at the seminary. The themes of bread, cup, and flame incorporated into the cross signify that this resurrection and this new life occur here and now in the worship space as bread and cup are shared and as the Gospel is proclaimed like the first disciples did at Pentecost. The depiction of Creation culminates in the year, indicating that God continues to create, still doing a new thing in and through us in this time. The alpha and omega indicate that God was and is before and throughout Creation, and will be after the last day.
This candle is 4.5 inches in diameter, one of the largest candles that can be purchased through most religious candle makers.
The candle was originally created for Easter of 2005, but the year decals are changed each Easter and the candle rededicated during the Easter vigil to continue representing God's presence here and now.
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