|Courtesy of Jo92|
On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servants' hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.
So, notice: the Paschal Candle is a "solemn offering" to the Father, an offering of "praise," a gift from the Church.
Well, shouldn't we actually...offer it? When the year is up, and we replace that candle, shouldn't it be mostly...offered?
The Exsultet also compares the candle to the pillar of fire that led Israel out of slavery. And the prayer goes on to say:
Therefore, O Lord, we pray you that this candle, hallowed to the honor of your name, may persevere undimmed, to overcome the darkness of this night...
May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever.
"May (it) persevere undimmed...(and) be found still burning" by Christ.
So I keep it burning, all day, during the Octave. I'm tempted to let it burn all night, but I'd worry about that. After the Octave, I try to light is as much as possible, whether we're having Mass, or I'm hearing confessions, or during exposition.
What do you think?