ASK FATHER: Mass without proper gear? Pusillanimous stingy ignorant pride.
From a reader…
can you have catholic mass without candles
The THE GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL – says the following
307. The candles, which are required at every liturgical service out of reverence and on account of the festivity of the celebration (cf. no. 117), are to be appropriately placed either on or around the altar in a way suited to the design of the altar and the sanctuary so that the whole may be well balanced and not interfere with the faithful’s clear view of what takes place at the altar or what is placed on it.
First, sit a little closer to your keyboard so that you can reach those punctuation keys.
Candles must be used for Mass. That’s clear.
What’s also clear that is Mass can be celebrated without them. Absolutely required are the properly ordained priest and valid matter for the Eucharist. Vestments and candles and so forth are required by the rubrics, but if they are lacking, Mass could still be celebrated validly.
Analogously, even though you sent a mere sentence fragment with no capitalization or punctuation, I understood that you were trying to ask a question. It didn’t show much respect for orthography or the reader, but even in it’s minimalist form it eked out its message. Similarly, neglecting to use proper vestments, vessels, candles, etc., could “get the job done” in a minimal sense of what is required, but it shows little respect for our Catholic identity, which is tied up with our rites, or for the congregation, who deserve care and true liturgical worship.
That said, writing an email is one thing, while the Church’s sacred liturgical rites for the most precious thing we have, the Eucharist, is quite another. The former is not nearly as weighty as the latter.
If in some situation where there are no candles available, or the wind or other conditions are such that it would be impossible to use them, Mass could still be celebrated, and celebrated reverently provided we do our best. The same goes for certain vestments for Mass or other accoutrement. Think about a windy deck of a battleship steaming across the Pacific to face the Japanese fleet or in the Channel heading for France.
That doesn’t justify not using candles under normal circumstances.
The refusal to use proper furnishings for Mass, to use candles and proper vestments, etc., is a sign of spiritual immaturity and pride, a pusillanimous stinginess that knows nothing of what is being wrought in the sacred liturgical action.
You can’t use what you don’t have, and you are not bound to the impossible. But we are bound to do our best. Ultra posse nemo obligatur.
Look how these men did their best. Do you think for a moment that they would have said, “Candles? Nah!”, if they had them and could light them?
Hey! Look! Candles!