The Paschal candle is blessed by the bishop who then inscribes a cross, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Photograph by Michael J. Johnson. P. 8, April 12, 2018. Selected by Jessica L. Marsala, Assistant to the Editor. "One of the best parts about being a Catholic journalist is being able to go behind-the-scenes and see things that others don’t have access to. In this photograph, the viewer is given a close up of the process of ornamenting and blessing the Paschal candle. Compositionally, there’s an elegance and a beauty to the way the sacramentary, fire and candle are framed, the fire illuminating both the candle and the book amid the darkness of night," Marsala said.