I know from reading various things that the Altar cloth that covers the mensa must be white. I am looking for some concrete information about the use of other cloths on the altar, such as an antependium or altar scarf.
My parish uses altar scarves that are basically 2 strips of material in the liturgical color of the day and resemble a stole.
My question is should the scarves be placed under the white altar cloth or can they be placed over the altar cloth. If they are over the altar cloth they look finished, like a stole over a priest’s surplice, if they are under the cloth it seems like it is sticking out.
Ultimately, if put over the altar cloth that covers the mensa, is that breaking the rule of upper most cloth being white?