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Candle
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[German Version]

Candles have been used in Christian liturgy for centuries. To distinguish Christianity from other religions, the cultic use of candles was originally rejected, but candles soon became a standard element of Christian worship even in the Early Church. From the perspective of religious history, candles symbolize the contrast of light and darkness. Their biblical interpretation derives from John 8:12 (Jesus Christ as the “light of the world”). The central liturgical place of candles is their function in the liturgy of the Easter Vigil…

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Fechtner, Kristian, “Candle”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11496>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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