Why does the priest wash his hands in Mass?
A priest washes his hands as a sign of his spiritual cleansing and preparation to wash away his impurities before handling the consecrated Eucharist which is holy and sa- cred. It is meant as an act of humility and respect which should be given to God.
What does it mean when the red sanctuary lamp is on?
Because of the honor given to Christ’s body and blood, a red votive candle, known as the sanctuary lamp, is traditionally lit beside the tabernacle to show that it contains the consecrated elements.