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.
The altar rail was completely ripped from its fixings and thrown through a window and all lights were smashed.
Still, kneeling at the altar rail, I was surprised the priest gave Kathy--not one to go along to get along--Communion in the hand.
To prevent Mia from further attacking him, Connor cuffed her to the altar rail.
DONALD JOHN TYE, Wallsend William Shakespeare 400th anniversary of his death Thou bard of Stratford on Avon I visited your resting place You lay beyond the altar rail I buried my head in prayer On hallowed holy ground I liked the great man I hail from Heaton my birthplace A certain road was going to be named William Shakespeare Road All the streets of this road are named After characters in your folio: Hotspur, Bolibroke, Warwick, Malcolm Lord Armstrong named the road Heaton Park Road And gave his park to the people of Newcastle Shakespeare's works have been and are read by millions KEVIN BROWN, Newcastle
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.