Saturday, June 14
Question on Candles in Eastern Christianity
At a few Eastern Orthodox churches, I've noticed that the vigil candles are blown out at the end of the Divine Liturgy. And by "noticed," I mean than an old grandma blew mine out a few seconds after I lit it, and when she saw my astonishment assured me it would be lit during services until it was used up. A friend told me she'd seen the same thing.
So the question is--is this done for practical reasons, like avoiding fires, or for theological reasons?