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altar rail

A low rail or barrier in front of the altar, running transversely to the main axis of the church and separating the officiating clergy from the other worshipers.
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Imagine Protestants all kneeling at an altar rail when Catholics don't
We glimpse Bishop D'Arcy remove the altar rails in Sale, a young Denis Hart advising on a temporary.
The priest faced the altar, the altar rails were taken down, and we all became closer with God as our center.
The colourful bishop wants to dismantle the ancient building's altar rails and erect a new sanctuary and altar.
Bishop Magee wants to re-order the sanctuary of the building by taking away part of the altar rails and extending the altar out into the church.
Altar rails were erected, chancels repaired, new Communion plate purchased, lay Puritans were reported for "gadding" after popular preachers in other parishes, and clerical Puritans were charged with nonconforming practices in unprecedented numbers.
A long time since the hearties and the aesthetes, imperious questors and saint-faced degenerates, old boys of Yeats's 'tragic' (pathetic) generation in cricketing blazers and inept bow-ties who ate the altar rails, pawned pride for drinks, who died of thirst aupres de la fontaine or tumbled from high stools in the Rose & Crown.
So Bateman, with characteristic energy, removed much of the east gallery, added new altar rails (carved in suitably Arts and Crafts style) and imported a medieval stone screen he found in a builder's yard in Moreton-in-Marsh.
They're about what's really good for the church--ecumenism or ecclesiastical ghettoism, altars and altar rails, mystique or mystery, incarnation as well as divinity, community or private spirituality.
Altar rails do not solve everything (or maybe anything), but we have to at least stop pretending that the 'sacramental pez dispenser' strategy is a good one, and remember that sacrilege is a serious sin, a sin whose fruits we are currently reaping.
That is to be expected in a modernising society and is not entirely unwelcome in a country that remained tied to the altar rails for a very long time.