The paschal candle stand has needed an upgrade. We used to have a one-inch thick cylinder on which to mount the Easter Candle. It necessitated drilling into the bottom of the candle. The 2012 edition was cracked. And this year’s wasn’t faring much better.
The main challenge is for godparents lighting baptismal candles. Taking the candle out of the stand might mean liquid wax spilling on good clothes. The new collar is a tight fit.
But it sure beats putting spent matches under the candle to make sure it hews to the vertical.
Jim Russell did a fabulous job with integrating new elements seamlessly (well, actually, 4 rivets) to the existing design. Working with excellent artists is one of my favorite aspects of being a liturgist.