*not* an ashtray!
After lighting a chalice--the symbol of our faith tradition--PLEASE do not then drop the still-smoldering match into that same chalice. It is bad enough when lay people do this, but when trained clergy, people supposedly versed in the power of symbolism and ritual, do this, it just astounds me. Maybe it is a sign of our anti-authoritarianism (and clerical self-loathing?); maybe it is simple laziness, but I implore us all to take better care of our beloved chalice.