Waxy Build-Up

Fr. Ragan Schriver was named pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church last November. To show support for my friend, I decided to make the drive to Seymour this week for the three-part Paschal Triduum. Except for a brief power outage on Holy Thursday, the first two parts have gone fairly smoothly. They did have a little bit of trouble getting a violet drape to cover a statue of Resurrection Jesus. It stayed on the outstretched arms but kept slipping off the head, making it look like the Savior wore a Snuggie.

Tonight, he will celebrate his first Easter Vigil as a pastor. It was after the Easter Vigil four years ago that Fr. Ragan was the subject of one of my favorite blog entries. In honor of that event, I am republishing the old Blogger.com post here on my new WordPress blog.

Sunday, April 16, 2006
that must have hurt

Fr. Ragan Schriver is the executive director of East Tennessee Catholic Charities. He also celebrates Mass at my parish. Every year at the Easter Vigil, Fr. Ragan has a gleeful look in his eye as he sprinkles the congregation with holy water. He uses a lot more water than any of the other priests.

Last night several parishioners told him that he had received some payback. During the Rite of Initiation, Fr. Ragan had to lift the gigantic paschal candle from its stand so the flame could be used to light smaller candles for the catechumens and candidates. The six foot candle tipped slightly, pouring hot wax onto Fr. Ragan’s head and vestments. Afterward he said “(the pastor) was worried about the vestments but I was like, ‘my head is on fire!'”

Some parishioners told him to remove the wax by heating it. Others said to freeze it. I don’t think anybody suggested using mineral oil. He let me photograph his hair, which looked as if he had been standing under a pigeon.

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