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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 5 Spring 2008
Easter candle

The Easter Candle

The Easter Candle is first lit in our church on Easter Day. Made of pure white wax, it is marked with a Cross, the year, a symbol of Christs constant presence, and the Greek letters alpha and omega, a reference to Jesus words, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End." (Revelation 21.6)

In early Christian times, baptisms took place just once a year, at Easter, and in secret for fear of persecution, lit only by the Easter Candle. Today, the candle is lit at all services from Easter Day to Ascension Day, symbolising Christ, risen as the light of the world and living amongst us. It is lit again at all baptisms and funerals, as a new member enters the church or is commended at passing.

flint flushwork

By churchwarden Michael Stagg, this poem follows our recent feature on St Marys fine mediaeval flint

Flint flushwork

Flint. Polished, Bright
Within dressed stone
On walls and buttresses.

Calcified. Split. Displayed
In artistic and geometric
Shapes and forms.

Hard. Black. Sharp
Handwork of humble men
To the Glory of God.

Flint. Strong. Shining
Like the Words of God,
Set in stone.