'Priceless treasures': Vietnam Catholics keep alive Easter traditions

Blessed candles and grains of incense are among items that Catholics turn to for protection in hard times
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Nicolas Nguyen Lanh had 10 white candles blessed during the Easter Vigil at Van Quat Dong Church in Vietnam’s Thua Thien Hue province.

After the Mass on April 16, Lanh, head of Van Quat Dong Parish Council, put the candles in the God altar in his house.

“The blessed candles in the Easter Vigil are believed to be the presence of the Risen Christ in our home, and they protect and console us in hard times,” the 70-year-old father of four said, adding that his family have kept blessed candles in their homes for generations.

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