o Place the altar frontal on the altar with the colored front facing the congregation. (The correct
color can be determined by referring to the liturgical calendar.)
o Place the altar linen on the altar frontal. The altar linen will cover the portion of the altar
frontal that overlaps the top of the altar. Make sure the altar frontal is straight and the ends of
the altar linen hang evenly.
o Place the two candlesticks equidistant along or near the rear (the side farthest from the
congregation) corners of the altar.
o Insert a candle into each candlestick. Both candles should be of an appropriate, equal length
for use on the altar.
o Place a candle follower on each candle, ensuring the candlewick is ready for easy lighting.
o Center the cross/crucifix on the rear edge of the altar between the two candlesticks, with the
"IHS" facing towards the congregation and the crucifix facing away from the congregation.
(NOTE: If a large cross is visible on the wall behind the altar, the smaller cross/crucifix
is not placed on the altar.)
o Place a vase with flowers centered between the cross and each candlestick along or near the
rear edge of the altar. (NOTE: The use of vases on the altar is optional.)
o Center the Bible Stand on the altar, with the top of the stand raised at a 45-degree angle and
facing the congregation.
o Place the Holy Bible (the large altar edition), opened to the center, on the Bible stand.
o Place a collection plate centered between the Holy Bible and each side of the altar.
o Place the pulpit on the congregation's left. It is where the message is presented.
o Place the lectern on the congregation's right. It is where readings are read.