altar lamp

18th century brass Italian altar lamp; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

A lamp kept continuously burning before the tabernacle. Though it may be of any metal and form, it should be lighted by oil only, pure olive oil being recommended.

MLA Citation

  • “altar lamp”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2019. Web. 22 June 2021. <>