Thursday, August 18, 2011

Things Liturgy School Didn't Prepare Me For, #1

After Mass, blowing out the altar candles at the wrong angle and getting wax splattered across the exposed skin on my collarbone.

Strangest configuration of first-degree burns ever!


  1. That's one of the reasons it's better to use snuffers, particularly with candles of a large diameter with followers -- lots of wax = lots of risk either making a mess or burning yourself.

    Another hint when using snuffers: if you're doing a large number of candles, turn the snuffer upside-down between candles. They tend to get a bit of dirty waxy buildup, and when used to extinguish multiple candles, it can melt the wax inside, and drip black wax onto other things, like white altar linens.

  2. That is something being an alter-server at a snufferless parish prepared me for.


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