Whoa! Check out those candles! Church of the Annunciation in Malta. Do you think they copied St. Peter’s Basilica?
The sacristan is either getting kickbacks from the candle purveyors or is a believer in Oscar Wilde's dictum, "Nothing succeeds like excess."
"That's the second-biggest candle I ever saw!" -Maxwell Smart (maybe)
Royal purple, red lacquer, are among cultural signs of opulence. It appears similar to Sacred Heart in Augusta as for similarities.
Please go to the S.S.P.X website and watch the priestly ordinations earlier today at the S.S.P.X. seminary, beautiful indeed to watch .
Does anyone know how the candles are handled? The assumption is they are soft and come on a roll with wire in wick, and are suspended. That church is noted for the tons of candles burned in honor of Our Lady on Marian feasts, and those tallest ones left burning perpetually in her honor in those times, at least. If soft wax, they would need be burned rather quickly as they would sag/flow down a wire core wick.But, could be wrong as to every bit of it. Any factual stuff from the peanut gallery? Besides making fun of a church that most would consider glorius if in own neighborhood and honored to attend?
I cannot get much detail on the photo, but appears they are perhaps elaborately tall candlesticks, topped by actual candles, there seemingly joints of some type.
Too much red and candles way too high...no thanks!
How would you like to be the altar server lighting those candles?You would have to have someone standing back aways to tell you if it has been lit.
I'm not bothered by the red. Perhaps it correlates with Maltese heraldry. As for the candles, there are 12 in total. Perhaps they are accessible from behind the reredos. Ordinarily, the sacristan would want to remove candles such as these when the church was not being used and lay them flat else they warp where the climate is warmer.
The tall candles are ornate and not meant to be lit except on the most solemn of occasions. Half the candle is probably a wood stick rather than wax to make them as tall as possible.
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