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  Altar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Altars were erected by Abraham (Genesis 12:7; 13:4; 22:9), by Isaac (Genesis 26:25), by Jacob (33:20; 35:1, 3), and by Moses (Exodus 17:15, Adonai-nissi).
In Solomon's temple the altar was of larger dimensions (2 Chr.
Atop the altar is the tabernacle, a miniature shrine sometimes built in the form of a church, inside of which is a small ark containing the reserved Sacrament for use in communing the sick.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Altar   (3264 words)

  
 Altar server - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Altar servers attend to supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying, ringing a bell etc. An altar server usually has no formal training and holds no formal religious position, however in some regions and religions, altar servers are expected to be recognizable through behavior and relation to others.
The phrase altar boy has in many cases been replaced with altar server because in the last decade of the 20th century girls began to be allowed to serve in this capacity and an increasing number of adults are serving at the altar, especially at solemn services in cathedrals or basilicas.
Preparation of the altar for the eucharist: It is the duty of the altar severs to prepare the altar with corporale, hosts and wine.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Altar_boy   (1109 words)

  
 Altar call - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An altar call is a practice in some Evangelical churches in which those who wish to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior are invited to come forward publicly.
The purpose of the altar call is to publicly demonstrate to the world that you are not ashamed to be identified with Jesus.
Altar calls may also invite Christians to come forward for specific purposes other than conversion; for example to rededicate their lives after a lapse, or to receive a particular blessing (such as the gifts of the Holy Spirit) or if they are called to certain tasks such as missionary work.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Altar_call   (306 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: High Altar
The high altar is so called from the fact that it is the chief altar in a church, and also because it is raised on an elevated plane in the sanctuary, where it may be seen simultaneously by all the faithful in the body of the church.
A sacrifice necessarily supposes a priest and an altar, and the Acts of the Apostles (ii, 42) plainly indicate that the faithful are to participate in the prayers of the sacrifice and to partake of the victim.
This altar was erected in the middle of the sanctuary between the bishop's throne, which stood in the apse, and the communion-rail, which separated the sanctuary from the body of the church.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07346b.htm   (881 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Altar (In Liturgy)
This second kind of altar consisted of a square or oblong slab of stone or marble which rested on columns, one to six in number, or on a structure of masonry in which were enclosed the relics of martyrs.
A fixed altar, in a wider sense, is one that is attached to a wall, a floor, or a column whether it be consecrated or not; in the liturgical; sense it is a permanent structure of stone, consisting of a consecrated table and support, which must be built on a solid foundation.
A portable altar in a wider sense is one that may be carried from one place to another in the liturgical sense it is a consecrated altar-stone, sufficiently large to hold the Sacred Host and the greater part of the base of the chalice.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01346a.htm   (2124 words)

  
 Altar
The altar was occasionally conceived of as the spiritual center of the world and stands in close connection with the symbolic meaning of the mountain and of the tree.
In all the religions of antiquity, it was the usage of the priests and the people to pass around the altar in the course of the sun, that is to say, from the east, by the way of the south, to the west, singing paeans or hymns of praise as part of their worship.
The situation of the altar in the French and frequently in the Scottish Rites is in front of the Worshipful Master, and, therefore, in the East.
james.jlcarroll.net /symbolism/altar.html   (1463 words)

  
 Altar (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Paul found among the many altars erected in Athens one bearing the inscription, "To the unknown God" (Acts 17:23), or rather "to an [i.e., some] unknown God." The reason for this inscription cannot now be accurately determined.
TEMPLE ALTAR - In Solomon's temple the altar was larger (2 Chr.
Again the altar was erected by Herod, and remained in its place till the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans (70 A.D.).
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/altar.html   (723 words)

  
 Altar - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
That the altar violates in principle the law of Exodus 20:25 forbidding the dressing of the stones is obvious, though that passage does not apply in terms to altars of incense, but certainly the appearance of the block does recall in a general way the altars of the other type--the horned altars.
The altar of Ezekiel's ideal temple was, as planned, a most elaborate structure, the cubit used for this purpose being that of "a cubit and an handbreadth" (Ezekiel 43:13), or the large cubit of history (see CUBIT).
The altar, like that of Ezekiel's plan, was built in diminishing stages; in the Mishna, one of one cubit, and three of five cubits in height, the topmost stage measuring twenty-six cubits square, or, with deduction of a cubit for the officiating priests, twenty-four cubits.
www.studylight.org /enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T424   (5062 words)

  
 altar. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Altars in Egypt, in Mesopotamia, in Greece, in Rome, and among the Aztec and the Maya were highly adorned with friezes, cornices, elaborate platforms, and canopies.
In the Western Church the altar is a long, narrow table of stone or wood, often reminiscent of a tomb; at its back is a reredos, which often bears a canopy.
In the Roman rite there are in the middle of the altar a crucifix and a tabernacle to contain the reserved Host, although recent legislation of Roman liturgical reform suggests that the tabernacle be placed elsewhere in the church.
www.bartleby.com /65/al/altar.html   (323 words)

  
 New Catholic Dictionary: altar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Later, church altars were placed against or near the wall of the apse, so that the celebrant faced the east and the people were behind him, in the manner which now generally obtains.
Altars of stone and precious metals were introduced at a later date, and ecclesiastical law now stipulates that to be consecrated an altar must be of stone.
The term altar is also applied to that part of churches of the Greek Rite practically corresponding to the sanctuary in churches of the Latin Rite, including the altar proper, a small side altar, the seats of the clergy, and the throne of the bishop.
www.catholic-forum.com /saints/ncd00366.htm   (235 words)

  
 Altar Server Training Manual
Altar servers are on duty from the time they enter the sanctuary at the start of Mass until the priest exits at the end of Mass.
When the tabernacle is not centrally aligned to the altar, one should bow to the altar when passing in front of it.
Sepulcrum - The cavity on the altar in which the relic(s) of the patron saints of that church or chapel are incased.
ceisites.com /spiritual/information/astm.html   (5377 words)

  
 St. Joseph's Day Altars
Following the blessing of the altar on the afternoon of March 18, visitors are invited to leave written petitions to St. Joseph or donations for the poor.
Many of the altars we visited were constructed in the form of a Latin cross with two additional tables running parallel to the length of the cross.
Wine bottles on the altar represent the miracle of Cana and the twelve whole fish represent the twelve apostles and the miracle of the loaves and the fishes.
www.houstonculture.org /cr/stjo.html   (1540 words)

  
 My Altar
The altar could be moved or put away if I so desired, and I had placed a rug in front of it so I could kneel in front of it.
Having a permanent altar helps to keep me in the swing of daily devotionals, and keeping it on the top shelf also keeps away the cats (who I think still like to hang out up there when I'm gone).
New on the altar, you'll immediately see the following items are new: the statuary, the candles, the torc, and the second shelf.
www.geocities.com /chronarchy/mjournal/altar   (917 words)

  
 Vintage Altar of Heaven
The oldest-known altar used in Chinese state religious practice was unearthed, then reburied, this past summer in the city of Xian by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Constructed of rammed earth and composed of four circular platforms that originally rose 26 feet high, the altar was uncovered a half mile southeast of Xian's southern gate, confirming references to it in ancient historical sources such as The Old History of the Tang Dynasty and The History of the Sui Dynasty.
The sides and the surfaces of the altar's platforms were covered with a layer of yellow clay, and topped off with a quarter-inch thick layer of gray-white paste, made from seed husks and straw, that gave the altar a white appearance.
www.archaeology.org /0003/newsbriefs/altar.html   (627 words)

  
 Altar & Tools
The Altar, this is the center of the circle, the place that the celebration revolves around.
It doesn't really have to be on the altar; but this one (which doesn't actually exist, as far as I know) is there so that it will be handy for use, and because it's very pretty and balances the arrangement of things at the Eastern side.
It represents the earth on the altar, and is also mixed with the water to bless and purify the circle, the area, and anything that needs to be blessed during a celebration.
www.angelfire.com /realm2/amethystbt/Altar.html   (3084 words)

  
 Machon Helkat haSadeh- Joshua's Altar
To appreciate fully the significance of the unique altar and cult center we are excavating on Mt. Ebal, one must first understand the archaeological context in which these discoveries were made.
Altars were ascended by stairs—at least this is true in cases where the means of ascent have been preserved.
Every other ancient altar that has been discovered thus far, however, was connected with a temple, or as at Beer-Sheva, was in a city where we may suppose a temple existed in connection with the altar (2 Kings 23:8).
www.shechem.org /machon/engevala.html   (5937 words)

  
 http://ccel.org/e/easton/ebd/ebd/T0000100.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Altars were generally erected in conspicuous places (Gen. 22:9; Ezek.
The first altar we read of is that erected by Noah (Gen. 8:20).
Altars were erected by Abraham (Gen. 12:7; 13:4; 22:9), by Isaac (Gen. 26:25), by Jacob (33:20; 35:1, 3), and by Moses (Ex.
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 The Buddhist Shrine    (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The reason for setting up an altar is not for fame, for showing off wealth, or to increase pride, but rather it is to reduce one's mental afflictions and to seek the ability to help all sentient beings.
The size of the altar is not important, but it should be in a clean and respectful place, higher than the level of your head as you sit facing it.
The altar should be either on a separate shelf or on a table set aside for this purpose that does not double as a coffee table or night stand.
www.khandro.net /practice_shrine.htm   (4038 words)

  
 The Altar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
If you leave your altar set up all the time, and you do not live alone, you must let your housemates know that the items on your altar are not objects of curiosity or stage props, and should not be handled.
If your altar is going to be just another coffee table filled with wierd looking stuff to paw over, you should consider either placing it in your private portion of the premises, or not leaving it set up between workings.
Your altar may be aligned to any direction whose qualities you desire to draw upon, but it is traditional -and generally best for the beginner- to place the altar toward the North.
www.fortunecity.com /greenfield/tigris/567/id114.htm   (4996 words)

  
 A Brief Introduction to Setting up a Buddhist Altar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
For example, the images on the wall may be arranged according to the second way, while the holy statues on the table may be arranged according to the first way.) The image of a yidam and the image of its mandala should be hung in a column but not in a row.
When you are going to move or just to move the altar to another room, visualize that the Holy beings enter your heart cakra or a Dharma wheel in the form of lights before you move anything on the altar.
I hope that the beginners would set up their Buddhist altars accordingly, start to do the preliminary practices, such as offerings and prostrations and form a habit of practising at a regular time and a definite place.
www.yogichen.org /efiles/altar.html   (3392 words)

  
 Altar, Ecuador   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Altar is an extinct volcano in the middle of Ecuador.
The many peaks of Altar resemble the shape of an altar of a colonial church.
Incas called this massive collapsed volcano "Capac Urcu," meaning "Almighty Mountain." A rarely visited lake sends a small flow of water from the caldera, which is full of caves.
volcano.und.nodak.edu /vwdocs/volc_images/south_america/ecuador/altar.html   (114 words)

  
 Christian Cartoons, Church Humor, Humorous Illustration by Cartoonist Len Jones
Altar Ego is a cartoon depicting the foibles and challenges of everyday church and Christian life.
ALTAR EGO - Actively shared in over 500 Christian related publications and Church Organizations around the world.
You may find that Altar Ego is just what you need to "spice up" that special publication, presentation or web site.
webs.lanset.com /akajones   (345 words)

  
 Welcome to This is Toni's Place - SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL - ALTAR
Although traditional meaning has been assigned to the various parts of the prayer beads, they have no special power and are not an essential part of the Buddhist practice.
Altar Evergreens Evergreens symbolize the "property-of-action", the Buddha's enlightened physical property or his compassionate action and the potential to form a correct relationship with the environment that allows us to manifest our Buddha nature.
The incense burner is placed in the center of the altar, and incense is burned from left to right.
www.tonidunlap.com /altar.htm   (1425 words)

  
 Family Altar Web Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Knowing that I am a hobbyist furniture maker, a local church inquired about making an altar, which was strong and portable enough to be used throughout the Sunday school department.
After the initial altar was completed and in use, I saw how it sparked an interest in encouraging and promoting prayer.
I encourage you to go ahead and place your order for only a limited number of altars will be crafted weekly, therefore I will be able to uphold my standard of quality that goes into each hand crafted altar.
www.family-altar.com   (299 words)

  
 Altar Servers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
As members of the community, boys and girls from 3rd through 12th grade assist the priest at Eucharistic celebrations and other liturgical services.
If you are a boy or girl in at least the third grade who is interested in serving the parish as an altar server, please contact Pat Warner at 676-0575 (pwarner252@msn.com).
Altar Servers' Schedules appear also in each week's Parish Bulletin.
www.saintboniface.org /altar_servers.htm   (107 words)

  
 Altar Tiles - thewitchescupboard, wicca,
Perfect for a travel Altar or just to carry with you in your pocket or purse.
Altar Pentacle, engraved wood Walnut toned veneer, 9 1/2" in diameter X 3/4" thick.
The outside diameter is about 8 3/4" and the inside design is about 7" in diameter and is raised about 1/8".
www.witchescupboard.com /99/cat99.htm?243   (147 words)

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