|Father Edgar, Father Snider, Bishop Paprocki, and Father Allen|
pose for a picture following this morning's ordination Mass.
Just before the Mass began, I stepped into the sanctuary to place the program booklets on the chairs for the ordinandi when I realized that two of our seminarian-servers were having no small difficulty lighting the paschal candle (they apparently had been at it for several minutes with no success).
I took the candle-lighting-device (I'm sure it has a name) from them and successfully lit the paschal candle on my second attempt:
The above picture was taken by the Director of the Office for Catechesis from the choir loft (he was at the timpani drums).
After I lit the candle, the congregation caught me rather off guard when the erupted in applause at my success.
The secret to this success is really quite simple. To light a high candle, extend the wick and bend it straight down so the flaming wick drops down into the follower right to the wick of the candle. You may have to move the flame around a bit to find the wick, but it shouldn't take too much effort. I suppose this is a lesson I'll have to teach the seminarians some time. They don't teach you such practical things in the seminary.
This unexpected episode only contributed to the great joy of the day.
At any rate, congratulations, Fathers!