Tag Archives: altar cloths

ASK FATHER: Is it a sin not to have a cere-cloth on the altar?

From a preist reader… QUAERITUR: We recently began the Tridentine Mass in Santa Fe, at the oldest church building in the United States, San Miguel Chapel, built in 1610. [Kudos!  It would be nice to visit sometime.] I have a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Waxed linen altar cloths

In honor of the appointment of Card. Sarah to the Congregation for Divine Worship, we tackle an important liturgical issue. Traditionally our Roman altars should have three linen altar cloths.  One of them should properly be infused with wax, to … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Bare altars (no cloths)

From a reader: Some churches in my diocese have recently begun the practice of having no altar cloth. I.e., only when Mass is said is there a small cloth unfolded on the altar beneath the paten and chalice — otherwise … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: plastic “catch” sheet on the altar

From a reader: Is it permissible to put a sheet of plastic on the epistle side of the altar at the TLM in order to catch wine and water spills? There has been some disagreement about this in our Latin … Continue reading

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