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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As viewers reflect on the more than 350 icons, altar linens, vestments, jewelry, ceramics, coins, frescoes, manuscripts and reliquaries on view, a stunned amazement seems to deepen into intent, even devout, concentration.
She made altar linens for 5 different churches and for many years sewed albs for newly ordained priests.
Are the women today expected to simply wash and iron the altar linens as was the case 40 years ago?
These women are our mothers and grandmothers, women who came of age wearing mantillas to Mass, women who have generally served their parishes in traditionally accepted, humble ways: by laundering altar linens, cleaning the church, holding bake sales.
Snapshot #3: Father Tim raises the chalice during the eucharistic prayer as he stands behind a rickety altar made of some ancient collapsible card table that normally haunts church basements, its ugly brown blotches disguised by starched altar linens that flap in the wind.
But at that time white wine became more prevalent in the Western church, in part because "spills on white altar linens were easier to clean.
She immersed herself in Clare's milieu, even learning to spin flax to understand how Clare had spun the altar linens her sisters sewed.