A candle created by Syracuse’s Cathedral Candle Company for Bishop Douglas J. Lucia’s ordination and installation. (Photo courtesy Cathedral Candle Company)
Syracuse’s 122-year-old Cathedral Candle Company continues its tradition of creating special candles for bishops — both in the Diocese of Syracuse and across the country — with the production of candles for Bishop-elect Douglas J. Lucia’s ordination and installation.
The candles that will stand at the four corners of the Cathedral’s altar at the Aug. 8 celebration measure 2.5 inches around and 36 inches tall, and smaller consecration candles will adorn the four columns closest to the altar. All the candles are made from bleached beeswax in a soft cream color and feature the new bishop’s coat of arms rendered in the diocese’s signature green with highlights of gold.
All seven artisans in Cathedral Candle’s decorating department had a hand in creating the candles, whether it was assembling the pieces, making the molds, or adding the finer touches, Vice President Mark F. Steigerwald said.
Cathedral Candle has created candles for bishops across the country, including for Bishop Robert J. Cunningham’s installation as the tenth Bishop of Syracuse in 2009 and Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan’s installation in the Archdiocese of New York in 2009, and his subsequent elevation to Cardinal in 2012. The company is now proud to provide the candles for Bishop Lucia, Steigerwald said.
The candles were given to Bishop-elect Lucia as a gift from the employees of Cathedral Candle Company.