o Place the altar frontal on the altar with the colored front facing the congregation. (The correct
color can be determined by referring to an ordo/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 front (the side facing 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 sacramentary on the altar so the chaplain can read the words from behind the altar
while facing the congregation.
o Open the sacramentary to the Order of the Mass for the day.
o Center the cross/crucifix on the front edge of the altar, with the crucifix facing the
congregation. (NOTE: If a large crucifix is visible on the wall behind the altar, the
smaller cross/crucifix is not placed on the altar.)
o Place an antependium on both the pulpit and lectern. The color of both antependia will match
the color of the altar frontal. Make sure both antependia are straight.
o Place the lectionary on the lectern and open it to the readings of the day.
Prepare the Credence Table.
Use Figure 1-2 and the steps outlined below to prepare the credence table.
o Place the credence table beside the altar to the right side of the chaplain.
o Cover the credence table with a white cloth.