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.
They entered a pew at the back of the church and sang hymns and when it was time for the eucharist and to receive a blessing, the stranger accompanied the woman down to the altar rail and both received a blessing.
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.
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.
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
A carved and painted altar rail and an elaborate reredos, or altar screen, are decorated with painted designs and religious symbols.
As he distributed the host, I remained seated, and he stared at me and looked down at the altar rail.
21) In 1914, a classically-styled marble altar rail with bronze gates and Carrara marble balusters were donated by Howley's sister, Katherine Howley Morris.