Selecting the Right Candle for Baptism
With many choices, it can be a challenge to choose the right candle for your church’s baptism candidates. Baptismal Candles are designed with different imagery that is meaningful to faith traditions. Even so, the choice can seem daunting. Let’s make your life easier by breaking down what the different images on the candles represent.
Fish – The ichthys fish was an early secret symbol for persecuted believers. Besides being common on bumper stickers to represent an individual’s faith, it is also representative of calling disciples “fishers of men.” Some feel this fish symbol also reminds believers of how Jesus fed the 5000 with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread.
Dove – After Jesus was baptized by John, Luke 3:22 says, “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice from Heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” This Bible verse explains the key reason for the symbol of a descending dove as a baptismal symbol representative of the Holy Spirit.
Shell – In some faith traditions, a shell-shaped scoop is used in the baptism ceremony to drip water on the baby’s head. Per historical research, ancient symbols depict John using a scalloped shell to baptize Jesus Christ. Since this discovery, shells have become the traditional symbol for Christian baptism.
Baptismal Font – This symbol represents the traditional basin or vase that is used as a vessel for the holy water for baptism.
This beautiful baptismal candle contains multiple faith symbols in blue and gold. The scalloped shell is shown with flowing holy water. This is a traditional symbol of Christian baptism. These symbols are followed by a descending dove representative of the Holy Spirit. At the base of the candle, two fish symbols appear. During his time on Earth, Jesus fed the crowd of 5000 with just 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread. Luke 9:16 says, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.” The designs on this candle represent baptism and Jesus’ ministry in an artistic way.
In blue, gold and red, this unique baptismal candle includes three key symbols of faith. At the top of the candle, there is a cross. This is the most recognizable Christian symbol. In addition to the cross, this candle includes symbols of a baptismal font and flowing holy water. These symbols combined represent Christian baptism beautifully.
Another blue and gold baptismal candle, this option includes symbols and the words, “Father, Son & Holy Spirit.” At the top of this candle, a gold scalloped shell appears with flowing water. This traditional representation of baptism is followed by the names of the Holy Trinity in blue. Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This candle is representative of this Bible verse and baptism.
A traditional baptismal candle is important for a baptism ceremony, and it is also a wonderful keepsake. No matter which candle you choose, each baptismal candle is specially made to symbolize Christian beliefs in relation to baptism.