The Passing of the Light - Lux Reginae
The practice of lighting candles is an important tradition in Catholic churches, communities, and families. Its origins can be traced back in the Old Testament in Exodus where an oil lamp is lighted to “keep a flame burning perpetually.” Symbolically, the person who receives the “Light” will continue to live and walk in Truth to keep the flame of faith burning.
Queen of Angels follows the symbolism of light in the traditional passing of the light from members of the graduating class. At this service, the student leadership of Queen of Angels passes the light on to the 7th grade students who will continue to carry the responsibilities represented by this light.
The book of Matthew states, You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. The 7th grade is challenged to shine brightly as role models for our community and live the foundational values Queen of Angels is built upon. So, too for our 8th grade students who are leaving, we ask that they carry the light of Queen of Angels to their respective schools and shine brightly so that all may see the light of Christ in each.