an elaborately carved wooden panel, placed in a recess on top of an altar during the Mass, on which the chalice and paten rest.
- Altar boy
a male altar server. Contemporary Examples He told the inquiry that this was the only time he had had sex with the altar boy. Priest Sex-Tape Horror Dom Phillips April 25, 2010 They would make Willie Horton look like an altar boy compared to Maurice Clemmons. The GOP Frontrunner Curse Mark McKinnon December 1, 2009 […]
- Altar bread
bread for use in a Eucharistic service. Contemporary Examples They might be surprised how much money they would save on altar bread. The Great Divide Facing Pope Francis That Only Catholics Understand Barbie Latza Nadeau September 20, 2014
- Altar call
an evangelist preacher’s invitation at the end of the sermon, asking people to come forward to acknowledge a conversion. Historical Examples At the altar call several went forward and found glorious peace at the foot of the cross. Around Old Bethany Robert Lee Berry On Sunday at the mission there was a very impressive time, […]
- Altar card
one of three cards having certain portions of the Mass printed on them, placed upright on the altar to assist the memory of the celebrant.