There is a long tradition in my parish of decorating a “blank” paschal candle. A parishioner used to make them each year, but she has “retired” from that duty. The past few years, I’ve ordered a plain candle from a provider.
The decorating used to consist of a “band” which somewhat randomly assembled some of the elements: date, Greek letters, the cross. One of our parishioners, bless her, is still working on the old template, and produced a nice embroidered band, which you see above, which just had the word “Alleluia” on it. (Her idea–not mine.) No date, cross, or other details. She also thought a “tilted” presentation would serve well.
So we repurposed the decorative band from last year’s candle to make the cross, and I was able to confect two Greek letters. The gold numerals for the date are easy to find at a craft store–thanks to my wife.
I really dislike the wax nubs candle providers send. I always have. I like instead the red beads here–more suggestive of drops of living blood.
I’ve decorated homemade paschal candles and plain ones all sorts of ways for many years. I’m hoping to hike up this effort significantly in 2014. Anybody out there have any good ideas from their own history?