I was reading a neat old book from 1941 The Externals of the Catholic Church: Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions by the Rt. Rev. John F. Sullivan, DD. It carries an imprimatur and I was reading about the number of candles placed on the altar for Mass – low Mass (2), sung high Mass (6), bishop’s private Mass (4), bishop’s pontifical high Mass (7.) it also said:
“…and when the Holy Sacrifice is offered before the Blessed Sacrament exposed, at least twelve different candles are used on the altar…”
Is the Mass ever celebrated in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament from the outset? I have never heard of this, but this book has proven itself to be accurate in the past and now I’m curious.