F = FAITH
Smoke quickly disappears, reminding us of how short this life on earth is, and how useless it is to seek earthly glory. “Store up your treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20).
The candles give light to the world, as Christ does. Jesus said he came “as light into the world that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (Lk 12:46). Candles symbolize prayer, devotion, the coming of Christ in Communion, and that Jesus has risen. Three candles represent the Holy Trinity.
The fish is one of the first Christian symbols of Christ. The five Greek letters that form the word ‘fish’ (I, ch, th, u, s) are the initial letters of these five words: ‘Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior’ (Lasous =Jesus, Christos = Christ, Theos = God’s, Uios = Son, Sotar = Savior).
The fish also reminds us to be “fishers of men” –to share the gospel with all (Mark 1:17).
Water (See “R”)