high altar


Definition of high altar

: the principal altar in a church

Examples of high altar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In its place now, in the high altar of the oratory, hangs a copy commissioned in 2009 and painted from photographs of the original, a plucky facsimile that looks nothing like an authentic Caravaggio. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Even without the fire that damaged the medieval cathedral's roof, spire and high altar, older structures sometimes need loving repairs after years of weather and massive foot traffic take their toll. James Carroll, USA TODAY, "Exploring Paris while Notre Dame is out of commission: Other must-see spots to check out," 7 Aug. 2019 The choir was completed in 1170, the high altar in 1182. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Next came the high altar and the nave, followed by the bases of the church façade around 1190. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019 In 1182, under the reign of the new king, Philip II, the high altar was consecrated. National Geographic, "An 800-year history of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral," 15 Apr. 2019 But Roth was too moralistic, too observant at the high altar of modernism, too prissy to get into the funk and gunk of true swingdom. James Wolcott, Vanities, "The Joy of Reading Philip Roth, Riffer, Rhetorical Flamethrower, Super-Monologuist," 24 May 2018 Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, is still included as the person who will walk Meghan down the aisle to the high altar of St. George’s Chapel. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Oops! Palace Releases Official Royal Wedding Program — and Meghan's Dad Is Still in It," 18 May 2018 Church steward Dimitri De Hert said St. Charles Borromeo’s archives do not have much information about the origins of the high altar’s seasonal adornment or the mechanism used to carry it out. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Storytelling by painting alive in Belgian church," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of high altar

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“High altar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20altar. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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