The Feast of Pentecost

and suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.

Acts 2:2-4

The Feast of Pentecost marks the end of Eastertide for Catholics around the globe. In Rome, thousands of red rose petals are dropped from the oculus of the Pantheon upon a crowd gathered for Sunday Mass.

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This Pentecost, let us renew our religious zeal and learn from the apostles and Christian throughout history, be filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Gospel in our day to day lives.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Here the team in Church Candles NZ wishes you all a happy feast of Pentecost. May the Holy Spirit protects and blesses you always.

The Feast of Ascension

Ye men of Galilee, why wonder you, looking up to heaven? Alleluia.
He shall so come as you have seen Him going up into heaven.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Introit for the Feast of Ascension

Happy Feast of the Ascension of our Lord. During Mass today, the priest extinguish the Paschal Candle after the Gospel marking the 40 days since the great Easter festivities.

Here in Church Candles NZ wish you all a happy Feast of Ascension and like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support.

Here is a recording of the Easter Sequence from the Auckland Latin Mass Chaplaincy Choir.

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Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae paschali laudes immolent Christiani. Agnus redemit oves: Christus innocens Patri reconciliavit peccatores. Mors et vita duello conflixere mirando: dux vitae mortuus, regnat vivus. Dic nobis Maria, quid vidisti in via? Sepulcrum Christi viventis, et gloriam vidi resurgentis Angelicos testes, sudarium, et vestes. Surrexit Christus spes mea: praecedet suos [vos] in Galilaeam. Scimus Christum surrexisse a mortuis vere: tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere. Amen. Alleluia.

Posted by Auckland Latin Mass Chaplaincy Choir on Monday, April 18, 2022

Q: Unity Candles?

Q: What is the deal with “Unity Candle” in a wedding and is it part of the Catholic Tradition?

Although it is a “lovely” thing that involves members from both families signifying the joining of the two families, the fact remains that lighting of the unity candle is not part of the Rite of the Church for the Sacrament of Matrimony. The reason being is that the unity among Christians is through the Sacraments of the Church, especially the Sacrament of Baptism. These Sacraments which are given to us so generously by the Mother Church grafted us into the Mystical Body of Christ. Indeed the Holy Matrimony is one of these great Sacrament. That’s why some Catholic priests are reluctant to incorporate unity candles in the Nuptial Mass.

Q: Can I still have a candle lighting ceremony of some sort at my wedding?

Yes, of course, you can! Just not during the nuptial Mass or during the ceremony.

  • You can light the wedding candle in front of a statue of Our Lady and dedicate your marriage to the Blessed Mother after the signing of the register.
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  • You can also light the wedding candles at the wedding reception.
  • Light the wedding candles at your wedding anniversaries.

Q: What is the reason behind making this post?

The reason for this post is obviously not to discourage you to buy a wedding candle! I mean, why would I do that! The reason for this post is to ensure our customers here in Church Candles NZ make good use of our products within the liturgical rites of the Church.

Q: What do I do with the Baptism candle after the child is Baptised?

One of the common questions clients ask us is what we do with the Baptism candle after the child is Baptised. Other than putting it on a display shelf and gathering dust, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Celebrate the Baptism Date every year. The Church teaches us that Baptism is a new birth in the Mystical Body Christ. Therefore let us celebrate the Baptism date every year by lighting the Baptism candle during your family prayer time.
  2. Bring the Baptism candle to the Easter Vigil ceremony and light your baptism candle as you renew your Baptismal promises.
  3. Use the same candle for your other Sacraments (First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage or even Holy Order). If you brought the Baptism candle originally from us and are able to drop your candles off in our studio. we will be happy to refurbish the candle for you and add details on the candle for $5. (Pillar Candles only… there isn’t much space in the carved candles to add extra details.)
  4. It is important to have a record of your Baptism date and the church as it makes applying for the replacement of the Baptism certificate easier. keep your candle in a dry, cool place and avoid direct sunlight.

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Here is another recording from the Auckland Latin Mass Chaplaincy Choir.

A beautiful masterpiece of Alma Redemptoris Mater by Palestrina.

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Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
who remains the accessible Gateway of Heaven,
and Star of the Sea,
Give aid to a falling people
that strives to rise;
O Thou who begot thy holy Creator,
while all nature marvelled,
Virgin before and after
receiving that “Ave” from the mouth of Gabriel,
have mercy on sinners.

Alma redemptoris mater
Quae pervia caeli porta manes et stella maris
Succurre cadenti surgere qui curat populo
Tu quae genuisti natura mirante
Tuum sanctum genitorem
Virgo prius ac posterius
Gabrielis ab ore sumens illud ave
Peccatorum miserere

Keep on Celebrating!

It is still Eastertide! So don’t stop celebrating until Pentecost!

For us here, it is always a joy when we received baptismal candles order, especially the ones for the Baptism in the Easter Vigil.

Here are a few recordings from the Auckland Latin Mass Chaplaincy Choir!

The team here wishes you a happy Eastertide.

This Joyful Eastertide

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Thine be the Glory

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Thine be the glory

Thine be the glory Risen conquering Son Endless is the victory Thou o'er death hast won Angels in bright raiment Rolled the stone away Kept the folded grave clothes Where Thy body lay Thine be the glory Risen conquering Son Endless is the victory Thou o'er death hast won Lo! Jesus meets us Risen from the tomb Lovingly, He greets us Scatters fear and gloom Let the church with gladness Hymns of triumph sing For her Lord now liveth Death hath lost its sting Thine be the glory Risen conquering Son Endless is the victory Thou o'er death hast won

Posted by Auckland Latin Mass Chaplaincy Choir on Monday, April 18, 2022