altar rail


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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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Gregorian chant to have pride of place"--no mention of removing altar rails, statues, turning altars around, demolishing them, replacing with wooden tables.
The lineup for healing extended along the altar rail and down the aisle to the back of the church.
In our worship, at the altar rail, the magistrate can kneel down with the mugger, the prince with the pauper and even the Browns with the bigots.
As we processed towards the church, our hostess murmured, 'We all go up the chancel steps and we give our sprig of rosemary to one of the officials behind the altar rail to be placed beneath Shakespeare's memorial.
It is through words and music such as this, rather than traipsing to the altar rail, that countless thousands of listeners have been able to unleash an awareness of spirituality which transcends religious dogma.
The Rev Dennis was the celebrant, assisted at the altar rail by Roy Brabiner with the wine chalice.
One woman achieved sexual satisfaction down at the local church, not with Mike McCurry, but a wooden altar rail.
We are planning to move the altar rail forward a bit so that we don't have to walk on them anymore.
Going to church and receiving Communion is a personal act of faith and we don't think it is good judgment to turn it into a tool of confrontation at the altar rail.
Well" (I got on my high horse), "if people coming straight from the altar rail where we've shared our Lord's body and blood given and shed for us can't even be bothered to spend ten minutes sharing coffee and cake with strangers welcoming us to their marriage feast, I've got serious questions about what we're doing