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The Significance of a Baptism Candle

Christians believe that in the rite of baptism the infant or adult baptized experiences a spiritual rebirth, becoming a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of the Christian church.

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Many Christian denominations use baptismal candles, among them Catholics, Anglicans/Episcopalians, and Lutherans.


After the individual as been baptized, the officiating clergy lights the baptismal candle and presents it to him. If the person baptized is an infant, the candle is present to the parents, godparents or sponsors.


The candle represents Jesus Christ, who said of himself, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)


Baptismal candles tend to be about 12 inches high.


The candle may be plain white, symbolizing the purity of the soul washed clean from all sin. Often the candle is decorated with Christian symbols such as a cross.

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Thomas Craughwell
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