Definition of High altar

1. Noun. The main altar in a church.

Generic synonyms: Altar

Definition of High altar

1. Noun. The main altar in a church, situated on the main axis at the east of the chancel or choir ¹

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Literary usage of High altar

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The sanctuary and altar-steps of the high altar are ordinarily to be covered with carpets. If the sanctuary floor be marble, tile, or tessellated woodwork, ..."

2. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"... which Sword «hall be borne Then «hall the King rise out of his Chair, redeemed of the Bishop or Dean of \Vest- to the high altar, where he . ..."

3. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... sunk their pride, Forgotten their renown; Silent and slow, like ghosts, they glide To the high altar's hallowed side, And there they knelt them down. ..."

4. The Gentleman's Magazine (1865)
"... like all the rest throughout the church, are of marble, with ornamented capitals. The eastern apse contains the high altar; that to Han of Penalva ..."

5. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1891)
"Within the said quire, over the high altar, did hang a rich and most sumptuous ... over the midst of the said high altar (that the pix did hang in it, ..."

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