high altar

noun

Definition of high altar 

: the principal altar in a church

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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 The Aedicule was rebuilt, but but the high altar set up by the Crusaders east of the tomb vanished in the subsequent renovation. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian, "A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher," 16 Feb. 2018 After the Crusaders left, the Greek Orthodox reclaimed much of the church, including the Aedicule, the small building sheltering the tomb, and the central nave and high altar to the east. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian, "A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher," 16 Feb. 2018 The main church seated close to 300, and had a high altar and two side altars. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. John's Church in Monches celebrates 175th anniversary," 18 Oct. 2017 With its original stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and high altar, St. Joseph Church is one of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s most beautiful worship sites,’’ said Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "St. Joseph Oratory seeks to raise $2.5M to repair spire, stonework on historic Detroit church," 16 Oct. 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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