Our parish is one of two mission parishes attached to a larger church in a nearby city. While each of our parishes has an Easter Sunday Mass, all of the other Holy Week services take place at the main city parish.
While this causes a number of issues, a practical one that I’ve been unable to resolve is what to do with the Paschal Candle each year. Since we haven’t had an Easter Vigil Mass for years, we’ve simply taken the new Paschal Candle out of its box, inserted the wax nails, and placed it in its holder, ready for Easter Sunday Mass.
Is there a better way we could do this? It seems theologically questionable to take the candle to the city parish for the Easter Vigil, thus resulting in two Paschal Candles at one Mass. Is there another way we could properly and ritually mark the beginning of the Easter season with this important symbol of Christ outside of the Easter Vigil?