Sisters and Brothers,
Perhaps you've noticed that we've added some simple wall sconces on either side crucifix behind the altar. We've received some comments (most positive) about these candles and I want to share with you a bit of explanation why we added them.
Those of you who have been around for a while may remember that during festal seasons we used six candlesticks on the altar (3 on each side). Shortly after I came, these six candlesticks were replaced with the two Gothic style candlesticks we currently are using.
As the pastor, I made this decision because the altar usually stands as a physical representative of Christ and it is customary that only two candles are used on the altar. Those two candles are known as the "Eucharistic Lights." There are usually 2 candles because they represent the humanity and divinity of Jesus. In contrast, the six candle combination are known as the "Office Lights" and are customarily situated on a reredos on back wall on either side of the crucifix.
In Anglican tradition, the Office Lights are utilized for any Service of the Word. The two Eucharistic Lights are lit when the Eucharist is about to celebrated. In many Anglican Churches the Eucharistic Lights are lit during the Offertory or in our case the Choir's Anthem. For now, we will continue to have these lit before worship begins. Once we get more of our acolytes trained, we may begin lighting the Eucharistic Candles at the appropriate time.
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