Christ is in our midst!
He Is, and always shall be.
as a convert, I have a question about a tradition that's quite big in Orthodoxy. why would someone SAVE the paschal flame?
It's not a life-or-death (physically or spiritually) matter, but a nice tradition that reflects what we believe about our roles as Christians in the world: shine Christ's Light to all, a Light that bursts forth from the tomb, a Light that illumines all. We try our best, both in the Church and in the home, to keep that light burning spiritually, and in both places we also try to do that physically as a reminder of the spiritual pledge and task. The pious practice is only reflecting the ecclesiastical: in our parishes, we try our best to keep the oil lamp burning before the tabernacle all year - a light that is then used on Pascha to represent the Resurrection to all.
if you do it, how?!
I'll echo what Thomas said: my family has always used a glass ("7-day") candle - no mess. However, if at all possible, have someone other than the driver be responsible for the flame.
I've been thinking of starting this practice, as it's a beautiful idea (and I have a candle that would be PERFECT!)
Glory to God! Do it if it is an aid, and not a distraction.
is the flame blessed, like blessed Paschal eggs or flowers?
Well, not exactly - yes, in that it is blessed by its use, but the flame isn't somehow different because of its use on Pascha (if you want an example of that
, check out the various stories here or elsewhere on the 'net of the Paschal Light in Jerusalem, which for a period of time does not consume the candles - or anything else - in its path). The flower and egg are not radically altered, just sanctified, which is why we treat them with respect - eating the egg (not using it for animal feed, or other use), admiring the flower; and if either dies or spoils, then they're buried (or burned), not thrown in the trash.