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All Things Rite & Musical: Principal Feast meets principled fast

All Things Rite & Musical: Principal Feast meets principled fast

Ian has some personal news. When do you extinguish the Paschal Candle? And more on worship during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Thomas Rightmyer

It might be interesting to study the history of the use of a Paschal Candle in the Episcopal Church. When did these begin to be used? As noted, the 1928 – 1979 tradition lit the candle Easter Day and put it out after the Gospel was read on Ascension Day. Leaving it lit and bringing it out for baptisms comes with the 1979 book. I was ordained in 1966 and my early years in the ministry came with the 1967 Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper (the little green book), Services for Trial Use (the Green Book), Authorized Services (the Zebra Book – from the countercharged design), and then in 1976 the Blue Book which had the full text of the 1979. I think the Paschal Candle came first to high church parishes in the 1930’s but I have no memory of not seeing it. Perhaps some of our readers may remember.

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