Altar Cloth


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Altar Cloth

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Many Witches do not use altar cloths, instead placing the altar instruments on the bare wood or stone of the altar itself. But others do like to dress their altar by adding a cloth. This may be plain or decorated. Some Wiccans sew or paint intricate esoteric symbols on their cloths. There may be one all-purpose altar cloth, or, more frequently, there may be a number of altar cloths, colored and decorated appropriately for the ritual. As with the Altar Candles, the color of the cloths may reflect the particular sabbats and the time of year.

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The scientist said it could have come from the centuries during which the friary used the sack as an altar cloth, or from that cold night in 1224 that the legend describes.
He wound up spending $100 that day on a picture, a stole and several altar cloths, including two traditional white ones with embroidered edges that he hopes will fit the papal altar.
A SICK vandal used a confession box as a TOILET and wiped his filthy hands on the altar cloth.
Canon Roy Doxsey and Rev Keith Kimber blessed the mosaic and a new altar cloth at the service.
For example, the Girona design came from a sketch of the weaving patterns of an altar cloth.
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Printed on linen, this is ostensibly an altar cloth, showing the marriage at Cana (National Gallery, Washington) and the raising of the daughter of Jairus (Abegg Stiftung in Riggisberg).
The nun's body was discovered in a chapel covered by an altar cloth.
Over 70 people gathered around the place where Wilf laid out a blanket and an altar cloth, on which he carefully arranged a pipe, tobacco, sweet grass, small rocks and other ceremonial articles.
A CATHOLIC church's fundraising sale sparked an island-wide search yesterday after it emerged they had sold a presbyterian church's altar cloth by mistake.
The profession of Vitoria Espinosa y Guevara at San Quirce in 1629, for example, obligated her family to make the following financial provisions: 1000 ducados for her dowry; 50 ducados of alimentos during the year of her novitiate; 130 ducados for wax and other necessities on the day of her profession; 200 reales for an altar cloth when she took the habit; and 50 ducados yearly for her necessities, clothes and furnishings.
He too shook our hands, then led us to a table covered with something resembling an altar cloth and lit with candles.