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How it’s done, XXII

September 22, 2017

Church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent.

The use of a row of six candlesticks on the altar, or on a shelf or gradine behind it, is pure Romanism, and a defiance of the Ornaments Rubric, as of all other authority in the Church of England.1

In view of the still prevalent confusion on the subject of lights, it seems worth while to repeat that the universal pre-Reformation custom is at one with the post-Reformation English custom in using two lights on the altar, and no more.2

1. Percy Dearmer, The Parson’s Handbook, containing Practical Directions both for Parsons and other as to the Management of the Parish Church and its Services according to the English use, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, With an Introductory Essay on Conformity to the Church of England (London: Henry Frowde, 1909), 96.
2. Ibid., 246.

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