candlestick

[candlestick]
A symbol of the Holy Eucharist; often depicted with a Host above it. Rubrical law prescribes that six great candlesticks be permanently stationed on the main altar, three on either side of the central crucifix. This custom dates from the 16th century, though there is evidenee of candlesticks, in use as early as the 5th century. An altar candlestick consists of five parts, the foot, stem, knob about the middle of the stem, bowl to receive the drippings of wax, and the pricket, i.e., the sharp point that terminates the stem on which the candle is fixed.