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altar rail

the rail in front of an altar, separating the sanctuary from those parts of the church that are in front of it.
Origin of altar rail
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clearly he is making an act of contrition, or having a born-again experience, on the altar rail of the national church.
  • The children are being held by adults kneeling at the altar rail for the blessing.
  • The symbols and figures on the altar rail and elsewhere in the chancel were hand carved.
  • Old paintings adorn the carved wood reredos and side walls, and a wooden lattice railing serves as an altar rail.
  • The sanctuary behind the altar rail is raised a step and then three more steps at the columns.
  • At the close of the services more than fifty per sons stood up for prayer aud thirty-six knelt at the altar rail.

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