altar lights

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The custom of placing on the altar two candles flanking an altar cross is attested c.1175. The number of candles used has varied, and in the RC Church they may now be placed either on the altar or on the floor around it. In the C of E the legality of altar lights was contested in the 19th cent., but allowed in 1890.

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