Altar, Communion Rails

 

Altar Rail


The railing which guards the sanctuary and separates the latter from the body of the church. It is also called the communion-rail as the faithful kneel at it when receiving Holy Communion.

It is made of carved wood, metal, marble, or other precious material; it should be about two feet six inches high, and on the upper part from six to nine inches wide. The "Rituale Romanum" (tit. iv, cap. ii, n. I) prescribes that a clean white cloth be extended before those who receive Holy Communion. This cloth is to be of fine linen, as it is solely intended as a sort of corporal to receive the particles which may by chance fall from the hands of the priest. It is usually fastened on the sanctuary side and when in use is drawn over the top of the rail. It should extend the full length of the rail, and be about two feet wide, so that the communicant, taking it in both hands, may hold it under his chin. Its very purpose suggests that it is not to be made of lace or netting, although there is nothing to forbid its having a border of fine lace or embroidery. Instead of this cloth a gilt paten, larger than the paten used at the altar, to which a handle may be attached, or a small gilt or silver salver, or a pall, larger than the chalice pall, may be used. These latter are usually passed from one communicant to the other, and when the last at the end of the rail at the Gospel side has received Holy Communion the altar boy carries the paten to the first communicants at the Epistle side. A consecrated paten may never be placed for this purpose in the hands of lay persons.

- article from the Catholic Encyclopedia at www.newadvent.org

Search for an Article
  


 

Search results for communion:

List display as list Grid display as grid  Go back several pages.Page  Go back one page.Page  34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 397-408 of 529 items.
First Communion Banner Kit
First Communion Banner Kit
Price: $15.00

Item Number: 13904
Add to order

Brass First Communion Cross
Brass First Communion Cross
Price: $13.00

Item Number: 12340
Add to order

First Holy Communion Medal in 14K Gold
First Holy Communion Medal in 14K Gold
Price: $477.21

Item Number: 21195
Add to order

Heresy of Formlessness
The Heresy of Formlessness - Epub Digital Book 
Price: $16.95
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee. This is a digital download.
Item Number: 93086
Add to order

RCIA Certificates
RCIA Certificates
Price: $42.00

Item Number: 96171
Add to order

Primer Libro De La Misa
Primer Libro De La Misa - Hardcover 
Price: $4.95
This Item Carries an imprimatur.
Item Number: 20072
Add to order

My First Holy Communion
My First Holy Communion - Hardcover 
Price: $17.95
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 95697
Add to order

First Communion Banner Kit - Class Pack
First Communion Banner Kit - Class Pack
Price: $125.00

Item Number: 13905
Add to order

First Communion Folding Brass Plaque
First Communion Folding Brass Plaque
Price: $23.00

Item Number: 570
Add to order

First Communion Watercolor Holy Card
First Communion Watercolor Holy Card
Price: $12.00
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 23275
Add to order

Communion Prayer Bookmark (Girl)
Communion Prayer Bookmark (Girl)
Price: $1.95

Item Number: 59667
Add to order

Catholicism
Catholicism, Audio Book - CD 
Price: $49.99
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 93835
Add to order

Go back several pages.Page  Go back one page.Page  34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 397-408 of 529 items.
 

Find a Wish List
Find a Registry



We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Checks, Money Orders and Paypal.

 
Information
Nextag Seller


By using our site you agree to our terms of use.
All content copyright 2016.
Special Features
 

Get >FREE SHIPPING< and learn more about the Faith with our newsletter.

Free shipping coupon included with newsletter.

 



/ (mm/dd)

*



 

close
aam