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  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 97-108 of 382 items.
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

Catholic Communion Classics
Catholic Communion Classics - CD 
Price: $16.95

Item Number: 20983
Add to order

Le Poème de l'âme - Première communion
Le Poème de l'âme - Première communion
Price: $43.75

Item Number: 74866
Add to order

Way of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Way of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Hardcover 
Price: $6.95
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 23338
Add to order

Guide to the Church
A Guide to the Church - Paperback 
Price: $25.95

Item Number: 2319
Add to order

Last Communion of St. Francis
The Last Communion of St. Francis
Price: $230.95

Item Number: 74918
Add to order

First Communion Sterling Round Medal
First Communion Sterling Round Medal
Price: $33.19

Item Number: 5216
Add to order

Feast Of Faith
Feast Of Faith - Paperback 
Price: $13.95
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 2080
Add to order

Black Glass First Communion Rosary
Black Glass First Communion Rosary
Price: $28.60

Item Number: 4262
Add to order

Blue First Communion Rosary
Blue First Communion Rosary
Price: $28.60

Item Number: 4259
Add to order

Pink and Pearl Heart First Communion Rosary
Pink and Pearl Heart First Communion Rosary
Price: $28.60

Item Number: 4257
Add to order

Pewter Celtic First Communion Cross with Green Enamel
Pewter Celtic First Communion Cross with Green Enamel
Price: $22.00 $27.50 (20% discount)

Item Number: 4274
Add to order

Go back several pages.Page  Go back one page.Page  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 97-108 of 382 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 2015.
Special Features
 

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

Free shipping coupon included with newsletter.

 



/ (mm/dd)

*



 

close

Get our free guide to 100 books your parish should own.

 

*



*



 

close
--->