In the unusual circumstances of Easter 2020, when most public Masses have been suspended, many of the faithful are looking for a way to observe our favorite Easter traditions in the home. My family can’t imagine missing out completely on the stirringly beautiful beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass, with the fire and the candles and the Exsultet. That first of the four parts of the Easter Vigil is called the Lucernarium.
This booklet contains an at home Lucernarium rite for the Vigil of Easter, appropriate for use by lay people, including a blessing of the Easter fire and paschal candle, and the Exsultet, the most beautiful prayer of the whole liturgical year, IMHO. (The liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal liturgy, and the liturgy of the Eucharist of the Easter Vigil Mass are not included here). In other years, this ceremony could be used at home by families otherwise unable to participate in the Easter Vigil Mass at church, or it could be used to place a family Easter candle in a place of honor in the home whether or not the family attends the Vigil Mass.
Speaking of family Easter candles, also included in this set is a surprisingly simple yet effective way to create a professional looking DIY Paschal/Easter candle with things you probably have around the house.
You get three different Easter/Paschal candle designs, each in three different sizes/formats, as pdfs (jpg files are available upon request).
The printable transfers included here are specifically formatted for
3×6 inch or taller white/ivory pillar candles
1.5×2 inch white/ivory votive candles
7/8×8 inch or taller white ivory taper candles
2×8 inch glass jar vigil candles
The designs can be customized when printing to fit any candle of any shape larger than ⅞ inch in width and 2 inches in height.
White gift wrap tissue paper or kleenex-type facial tissue
A printer and white printer paper
Scotch tape and scissors
Wax paper or parchment paper
A heat gun or hair dryer
Extra credit: 5 grains of incense or whole cloves to place into the candle at your family Easter Vigil candle lighting!
If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the video tutorial I made!
For the Lucernarium booklet, you get an 8 page pdf file, that can be printed as individual pages. Or, you can open the pdf in Adobe (there is a free version available for download here) and print it as a booklet on 6 pieces of paper. For best results print on high quality paper (like 24 weight). Lighter weight paper will work, but there will be more show through from the back.
You’ll get an additional 4 page pdf file, formatted two per page, out of order, so they will be in order when printed double sided and folded in half. This one is designed to be printed without the Adobe booklet interface, or by uploading to Staples.com or any local copy shop.
The Easter Candle Tissue Transfers are 5 8.5×11 pdf pages, that can be printed, sized if necessary, and applied to a candle by following the included instructions. Be sure to print and read the instructions first!
Your purchase entitles you to print these items as many times as you’d like for your own household’s personal use. Please do not share the digital files or print the booklet for others. Thank you! For an extended license, that allows printing the items from one listing for classrooms, groups, or extended family, please see this listing.
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- April + Easter Booklet Bundle including 2-8 below
- Catholic All April Prayer Booklet featuring at home prayers, readings, and devotions for Holy Week and Eastertide
- A Visit to the Blessed Sacrament Prayer Booklet
- Divine Mercy Novena Prayer Booklet
- Paschal Greeting for Eastertide (He is risen! He is risen, indeed!) in color and b&w
- Prayer After Grace for April (O Sacrum Convivium) in color and b&w
- Stations of the Cross Booklet
- Holy Week Meal and Activity Planner ($1)
You might also enjoy:
- Grace Before and After Meals (free!)
- Stations of the Cross Coloring Pages for kids and adults
- Act of Spiritual Communion, Act of Contrition, Morning Offering Set
- Prayers of Surrender and Abandonment to God’s Will Set
- Catholic All Day Prayer Booklet as a printable pdf and on Amazon as a paperback booklet
- At Home Veneration of the Cross Booklet ($1)
- Rosary Booklet ($1)
- Blessing of Produce Booklet ($1)
Catholic All Year Wall Calendars:
- Monthly Devotions printable pdf
- Monthly Devotions print version
- Marian Devotions printable pdf
- Marian Devotions print version
- Monthly Prayers printable pdf
- Monthly Prayers print version
This compilation is copyright Kendra Tierney 2020, all rights reserved.
For more liturgical living ideas, check out www.CatholicAllYear.com
and The Catholic All Year Compendium, available wherever books are sold.