altar rail

noun

Definition of altar rail 

: a railing in front of an altar separating the chancel from the body of the church

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Her late father, Frederick Harrison of Waterbury, was mentioned during the Mass. His picture and medals were displayed behind the altar rail as were photographs and other items about Father Conway. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "No Medal Possible For Waterbury's World War II Hero Priest," 9 Apr. 2018 Attendees kneel at an altar rail when receiving communion. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "At St. Alphonsus Ligouri in Baltimore, believers find new inspiration in old Latin Mass," 14 Dec. 2017

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1705, in the meaning defined above

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