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The lighting of candles

“It is a great pleasure to watch a well-trained server light or extinguish candles. It is an art, and in many places a lost art, owing to the hurry, want of method, and carelessness of the one who lights them.” -Brother Dom Matthew Britt (OSB) 

Remember, brothers, first genuflect (off of the altar step), then first light the candle closest to the tabernacle upon the epistle side, step off of the altar step and genuflect in front of it (in the middle), then repeat the routine on the gospel side.

 When extinguishing candles, you repeat this is the reverse order. (Gospel side then Epistle). Note: for a low mass, only the two low candles are lit. 

Catholic encyclopedia; “(4) At low Mass celebrated by any bishop, four candles are usually lighted, although the “Caeremoniale Episcoporum” (I, cap. xxix, n. 4) prescribes this number only for the more solemn feasts, and two on feasts of lower rite. 

(5) At a strictly low Mass celebrated by any priest inferior to a bishop, whatever be his dignity, only two candles may be used.” 


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A video for my brother Altar Boys – How to serve Low Mass

Lovely Low Mass

For my fellow Altar Boy’s that want to learn how to serve the Traditional Mass, it is highly recommended that you begin with serving Low Mass because of its simplicity, however, it is not a requirement.

Video description: “How to Serve the Latin Mass” was filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the beautiful Holy Family Cathedral. The diocese of Tulsa has been honored for many years to have the Fraternity of St. Peter (, a fraternity of priests instituted by Pope John Paul II, ordained to celebrate the Tridentine Latin Mass. Part of the proceeds of this video will go to support the Parish of St. Peter, an apostolate of the Fraternity of St. Peter located in Tulsa”.

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