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Moroneys' has two makes of Altar candles:
Emkay Beeswax Altar Candles
Baumer 51% Candles
The Church prescribes that the candles used at Mass and at
other liturgical functions be made of beeswax (luminaria
cerea. -- Missale Rom., De Defectibus, X, I; Cong. Sac.
Rites, 4 September, 1875).
The pure wax extracted by bees from flowers symbolizes the
pure flesh of Christ received from His Virgin Mother, the
wick signifies the soul of Christ, and the flame represents
Although the two latter properties are found in all kinds of
candles, the first is proper of beeswax candles only. It is,
however, not necessary that they be made of beeswax without
any admixture. The paschal candle and the two candles used
at Mass should be made ex cera apum saltem in maxima parte,
but the other candles in majori vel notabili quantitate ex
eadem cera (Cong. Sac. Rit., 14 December, 1904).
As a rule they should be of white bleached wax, but at
funerals, at the office of Tenebrae in Holy Week, and at the
Mass of the Presanctified, on Good Friday, they should be of
yellow unbleached wax (Caerem. Episc.). De Herdt (I, no.
183, Resp. 2) says that unbleached wax candles should be
used during Advent and Lent except on feasts, solemnities,
and especially during the exposition and procession of the