Order for Lighting Altar Candles


  • Candles are lit in order or importance, from most to least important

  • Candles are extinguished in reverse order from the diagram above

  • When two acolytes are serving, Epistle and Gospel sides are lit simultaneously, working in mirror image following the order above

  • When the Paschal Candle is in use, it is lit first

  • For non-Eucharistic services, only the Office lights are lit (in the order above)