Father Sean, has some posts on the Sarum Rite Triduum, today he writes on the blessing of the Paschal Candle. I remember reading years ago Dr Rock, that extraordinary 19th century priest of Southwark writing about Paschal Candles weighing several hundred weight and then being raised on a "pasch post" and being so tall they had to be lit from the clerestory and remaining alight until the Ascension. He then goes on to speak about the economic havoc wreaked by the Reformation on the bees wax industry. Honey, I think he says, was a by-product. I like to think of of pre-reformation Catholic cuisine as being sweet, whereas Protestant cuisine was sour. If Rock is right, did the Reformation lead directly to slavery on sugar plantations in the Americas?