paschal candle

noun, sometimes capitalized P

Definition of paschal candle

: a large white candle lighted in a church sanctuary on the evening before Easter and kept burning throughout the Easter season

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“Paschal candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paschal%20candle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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