There was a young boy just learning to be an altar boy, and he was very nervous.
On his first Sunday, there was a special service, and the Priest explained to him that when he said, “And the Angels lit the candles,” the altar boy was to come out and light the candles.
Sunday morning came, and the service was going along just fine until it came to the part where the Priest said, “And the Angels lit the candles.”
Once again, the Priest said “And the Angels lit the candles.”
Still no response.
By now the Priest was getting a little upset, so he intones very loudly, “AND THE ANGELS LIT THE CANDLES,” which finally got a response.
The little altar boy comes running out saying, “and the cat peed on the matches!”
This is a garbled version of an episode in Spike Milligan’s novel “Puckoon”.