On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 LOCC lit for the first time, a new Paschal Candle or Easter Candle.
The term “Paschal” comes from the Hebrew word, Pesach, meaning Passover.
The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes the risen Christ as light of the world and the presence of God among us.
The tall white pillar is reminiscent of the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that led the Jewish people through the Exodus from slavery into freedom and new life.
This Candle burns at the passing of any of our community, at Baptisms, and each Sunday from Easter to Pentecost, the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church, fifty days past Easter.
The LOCC candle stand is lovingly provided in memory of their mothers, Ailene Arnold, Pearl Benefield, and Madge Asbury, by Gary Arnold, Dan Benefield and Kathi Asbury Urban.
(Pictured) Assisting in the extinguishing of the candle, Easter, 2013, is Rev. Gary W. Arnold, Pastor of Worship, Communication, and Liturgical Arts, and his weekly candle assistant, Imari Welcher, son of LOCC Pastor of Students and Families, Kamau Welcher and wife, Adria.