Light from the Light

This is just me bragging about my Pascha candle. In our parish on Holy Saturday everyone gets a skinny little taper to “take light from the Light”, and we carry it outside and then come in and blow it out and throw it in a bin. Last year my sister and brother-in-law wanted to keep the flame going through the whole Liturgy like they do at their home parish (they live out of state), so we grabbed a bunch of the used candles and kept passing our flame from candle to candle throughout the service. At the end, I got a big red votive and lit it, and my sister brought it home for me. She placed it on the mantle. I happily went to gaze upon it first thing the next morning…and found it burned out. Personally I think someone blew it out on purpose (someone who didn’t know better), but no one admitted to it.
Anyway,

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this year I was given what was left of last year’s Paschal candle, the one that burns behind the altar all year. That’s it on the right. I was so pleased, I decided to use it for the procession on Holy Saturday. So. One nice thing about the skinny tapers is they have a wax guard. My big Paschal candle was too fat to fit in the wax guard. Every time I moved, hot wax poured down the side and all over my hand. Luckily after the first couple coats of wax I couldn’t feel it too much anymore. When we got inside and turned the lights up for the Liturgy, I saw wax all over my leggings, jacket, and gorgeous vintage dress. Gaah. But it was worth it. But I was sick of getting burned, so I got a red votive and passed on the flame. I had to leave the votive at church overnight and pick it up the next day after Agape Vespers.

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By then there was a ton of hot melted wax. I ended up driving home with the candle in my lap, hearing the wax splashing around every time I had to make a turn. Then when I was *almost* home, the driver in front of me slammed on his brakes, and I had to slam on mine…and hot wax spilled out and onto my leg. How do people do this every year??? But I did manage to get it home and keep it burning.

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This is from Friday night. You can see the flame is way down at the bottom of the votive on the right, and a there’s a new votive on the left. They last just less than a week each, so to keep the flame going all year is a big investment. Has anyone done it? Do you just let it burn out at the end of the year and start over with a new flame? I have 5.5 days to decide whether or not I’ll try to keep mine going all year.

I found This Website about taking the Holy Light. It’s a little different than the way we do it in Antiochian parishes, but it’s neat to read about what they do at in Greece. I like the part about “The less devout, dressed in their Easter best, gather outside smoking and chatting.” He also mentions the difference in Easter dates. Last year I blogged about it, you can read that post HERE.

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