Blessing of the Family Easter Candle

When all have gathered for the Easter family meal, light the Easter candle which you prepared last night, and make the sign of the cross.

Leader: Christ our Light!
All: Thanks be to God.
Leader: Blessed are You, God, Father of all nations. You are the God of light. In You
There is no darkness. As we gather to rejoice in the risen life of Your Son Jesus Christ, may our home be bright with laughter and warm with love. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
All: Amen.

Reading: Luke 24:1-6

Leader: Christ our Lord has been raised:
All: He is truly risen!
Leader: Death no longer has a hold over Him:
All: He is truly risen!
Leader: He lives a new life:
All: He is truly risen !
Leader: Alleluia, Alleluia
All: He is truly risen!
Leader: Praise to You, Lord of Life:
All: He is truly risen!
Leader: Peace be to you:
All: He is truly Risen
Leader: May the Light to Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and

Heavenly Father,
Accept this Easter candle, a flame divided but undimmed, a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God. Let it mingle with the lights of heaven and continue bravely burning to dispel the darkness of the night! May the Morning Star which never sets find flame still burning. Christ that Morning Star who came back from the dead
And may He shed His light of peace on all mankind, Your Son, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

All: Amen.

(from the "Lenten Prayer Guide for the Family")