altar rail


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altar rail

n.
A railing in front of the altar that separates the chancel from the rest of a church.

al′tar rail`


n.
the rail in front of an altar, separating the sanctuary from the rest of the church.
[1855–60]
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Concluding the Marriage Service of the Church of England in those well-known words, my uncle Starkweather shut up his book, and looked at me across the altar rails with a hearty expression of interest on his broad, red face.
Why, she has run twice from you, from the very altar rails, as it were.
But you may imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the first pew.
Once, in third or fourth grade, I was kneeling at the altar rail to receive communion alongside my classmates," wrote Billings in America.
Sorry I'm late," muttered the candidate as he galloped down the aisle of Crookham's United Reformed Church to join Labour and LibDem hopefuls at the altar rail.
The Rev Gready at the altar rail which shows a mosaic by artist John Dobbin at St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, in January 1989 ?
Imagine Protestants all kneeling at an altar rail when Catholics don't
Warnings are placed in some churches about thieves operating, and advise people to keep their belongings with them at all times, and this will include going to the altar rail for communion.
Many bishops, such as Ireland's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, have spoken out against communion bans for fear that the altar rail would "become a place of debate.
The figures stand against a background of the city of Jerusalem, painted on canvas by the English artist Alan Dodd, and are protected by a carved classical railing copied from an altar rail in a Premonstratensian abbey in Swabia.
Luke the Physician's Day by inviting Bishop Michael Bird of the diocese of Niagara to perform a laying on of hands at the altar rail after communion.
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.