Carrying a lighted candle in procession wearing a black suit has predictable results. One of the things that most clerics learn at sime time in the seminary is that wax can be removed by applying a warm iron over brown paper. The wax melts and soaks into the brown paper.
I have neither an iron nor brown paper with me so it is time for some lateral thinking. I do have a small penknife, a cigarette lighter and some of the paper from the candle protector. Heat the blade and apply it to the paper over the wax. Unlike a lot of these bright ideas it works.