A large church in a certain diocese in Germany – it wishes not to be named – had to be closed after a “smoke and wax battle.” The Tridentine and Vatican II liturgies are celebrated in this church in a proportion of 27:73. As we know, the Easter candle is blown out in the Tridentine liturgy at High Mass on Ascension Day after the Gospel. But in the current rite, the candle is blown out only after Pentecost. A “Tridentiner” accidentally walked into this church on the evening of the Ascension during a Vatican II Mass and saw that the candle they had blown out that morning had been relit. He charged forward and blew out the flame. The altar servers relit it. This back-and-forth continued for several days, and more and more “Tridentiners” and “Pauliners” joined the fight, until it escalated at the vigil Mass of Pentecost. The sanctuary was already covered with a layer of wax nearly a tenth of an inch thick, and the altarpiece had become discolored from the smoke blown onto it. We can only wonder what decision the Holy See will issue in this urgent question.
A Pray Tell reader in Europe sends in this not-anecdote from a not-diocese in Germany. From a parody issue, still in preparation, of a church music journal.