Tool of the Trade

This appliance, used and battered as it is, is one of the most convenient additions to a sacristy. I don’t remember the first parish where my head sacristan had one ready for candle trimming, but whenever out-sized candles are part of the landscape of liturgy and devotion, it’s a far better tool than a carving knife.

One of my young parishioners commented that the flame disappeared at Mass last Sunday. It rather defeats the purpose of an advent wreath, or even a Paschal candle to wonder if it’s still lit, if someone forgot to light it, or whatever. Distractions like that work against good liturgy.

Here, the pink adds a bit of swirl to the violet dregs. I had no liturgical responsibilities at my last parish outside of music, so it took a bit of time to realize something was missing this year.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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