At the beginning of the great Vigil of Easter, the Paschal Candle is prepared with words that confess our faith in the Lamb once slain and remind us that even the Risen Christ bears the signs of His Passion:
Christ yesterday and today,
the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega.
All time belongs to Him and all the ages.
To Him be glory and power
through every age forever. Amen.
By His holy and glorious wounds,
may Christ our Lord guard us and keep us. Amen.
And as the Paschal Candle is lit from the new fire, the priest says:
May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and mind.
Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
Christ is risen! Truly He is Risen!