Former Altar

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: What is the regulation on “set up” for former altars against the back wall, behind the present free-standing altar? Often these are in use for their tabernacle.   Often they have 6 candles and a crucifix.


A: GIRM 117 says that candles are to be placed “on or next to the altar.” It gives no other location for candles, apart from processions. I know it’s customary to see candles set in place at the ambo and by the tabernacle, but the GIRM envisions them connected only to the altar of sacrifice for the Mass.