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  23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 265-276 of 619 items.
Holy Card and Communion Pin
Holy Card and Communion Pin
Price: $9.25

Item Number: 4228
Add to order

5mm Garnet Rosary
5mm Garnet Rosary
Price: $50.25

Item Number: 11683
Add to order

Do You Say Your Prayers Well
Do You Say Your Prayers Well - Paperback 
Price: $5.50
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 96587
Add to order

Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering
Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering - Paperback 
Price: $15.16 $18.95 (20% discount)
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 96441
Add to order

Poly Cotton Polka-Dot Doll First Communion Dress
Poly Cotton Polka-Dot Doll First Communion Dress
Price: $25.00

Item Number: 97199
Add to order

First Communion Sterling Silver Medal
First Communion Sterling Silver Medal
Price: $66.25

Item Number: 5300
Add to order

Boys Navy First Communion suit
Boy's Navy First Communion suit
Price: $36.66

Item Number: 27737
View gift details

Cream Tapestry of Life Cope
Cream Tapestry of Life Cope
Price: $950.00

Item Number: 26751
View gift details

First Communion Parchment Certificate Create Your Own
Add to order

First Communion Sterling Round Medal
First Communion Sterling Round Medal
Price: $51.25

Item Number: 4976
Add to order

Jesus of Israel
Jesus of Israel - Paperback 
Price: $13.99
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 55561
Add to order

Holy Communion Outside the Mass
Holy Communion Outside the Mass
Price: $0.25
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 21360
Add to order

Go back several pages.Page  Go back one page.Page  23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 265-276 of 619 items.
 
Find a Wish List
Find a Registry

Catholic military chaplain registry




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

Shopper Award
 
Information
Nextag Seller


By using our site you agree to our terms of use.
All content copyright 2018.
Special Features
 
--->