Triple candlestick

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The triple candlestick is a church ornament that was used only in the office of Holy Saturday in the Tridentine Mass.[1] It was replaced by the Paschal Candle by Pope Pius XII in his revision of the Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum liturgy.

The triple-branched candle formerly used in the Holy Saturday service. It was lighted by the deacon chanting three times in ascending tomes, "Lumen Christi" (The Light of Christ), while the choir answered "Deo Gratias" (Thanks Be to God). From this candle the Paschal Candle was afterward lighted. Pope Pius XII in his 1955 revision of the Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum liturgy replaced the lighting of the triple candle with the lighting of the Paschal Candle directly from the Paschal fire.


  1. ^ Triple-Candlestick - Catholic Encyclopedia article
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