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Candles, When to Light

Question Is it appropriate for the candles at the altar to be lit when the altar is prepared for the Eucharist instead of before Mass?

Answer According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 79 concerning preparations to be made before Mass: "The altar is to be covered with at least one cloth. On or near it are placed a cross and at least two lighted candles."

Therefore, candles at the altar are to be lit before Mass and not while it is being prepared. Doing so gives an even greater impression that the Eucharist is just meal.



Related Documents

  1. General Instruction of the Roman Missal (4th Edition)

 
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