The $10 flaming chalice

Time to get back into blogging, bit by bit.

Last night, Hubby and I were at that font of “I’m not sure I like it, but isn’t it well designed,” a.k.a. IKEA. As y’all know, I think the flaming chalice, though not bad, is an uninspiring and increasingly amorphous emblem. Also, some of the commissioned ones I’ve seen are hideous. It could be better.

That said, as a side-effect of my now-retired quest for the best communion gear available from usual commercial sources (I settled on some of the heritage pewter still made) I still keep my eye open for secular goods that can be pressed into sacred service.

Using a cut-down pillar candle, this candleholder might be just the thing, especially for those smallish fellowships in the middle of the country who have or rent mid-century buildings. Also, it isn’t heavy.

IKEA FALANG candlestick (Note there are two sizes, 11″ and 7″ tall.)

2014. Alas, they’ve been gone for a long time. They looked like this, and also came in a neutral wood finish.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Oh, I LOVE it.

    “We light this FALANG to represent hope, love and Swedish meatballs.”

    Wait a minute. Am I having a memory of an IKEA outing with you lo some five years ago? and did we have Swedish meatballs?

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