Taper - it doesn't sound like a word of great portent. I first encountered the word in a different context, when it was on the list of pre-mass tasks for an altar boy. It was one of the more snazzy tasks, along with ringing the bell and being confronted with your neighbours' mouths at communion.
You brought a flaming taper out of the sacristy and lit the candles with it. It gave the whole thing...
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