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Are Electric Sanctuary Candles Acceptable?


Our church has an electric sanctuary candle. Is this permitted?


They are not permissible, as the Church makes clear in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM):

In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ (GIRM 316, emphasis added).


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