Place two candlesticks on the altar and insert a candle in each. Both candles should be equal
in length and long enough to be clearly visible throughout the chapel.
Place a candle follower on each candle, ensuring the candlewick is ready for easy lighting.
Center the cross/crucifix on the altar between the two candlesticks with the "IHS" facing the
congregation and the crucifix facing away from the congregation. If a large cross is visible on
the wall behind the altar, the smaller cross/crucifix is not placed on the altar.
Parts A, B, and C of this lesson will cover the steps in preparation of the altar that are different in the
three types of service.
PART A - PREPARE THE ALTAR FOR AN INDIVIDUAL CUP COMMUNION
As mentioned earlier, the Individual Cup Method is the most widely used in a garrison setting and in a
collective Protestant worship service. Figure 3-1 shows the altar prepared for an individual cup
communion service. The altar preparation steps that are different from the other types of service are
Place altar frontal on altar.
Place fair linen on altar frontal.
Prepare individual cups (Figure 3-2).
Inspect cups and trays and clean if necessary.
Place the individual cups made of glass, plastic or paper, in the trays.
Fill the cups with wine and or grape juice using a paper cup (crimped at the top to form
a sharp spout), bulb syringe, or commercial cup filler no more than 3/4's full.
If both wine and grape juice are to be used, fill the outer 2 rings with grape juice and
the inner rings with wine or as your chaplain directs.