A-Z: General definitions: Altar


A raised stucture on which religious ceremonies are performed. In the Old Testament, the altar was a holy monument / table where sacrifices were made to God, as atonement for sin (Exodus 29:36-37) or to give thanks (2 Chronicles 31:2). It is also the name given to the table / slab usually placed at the east end of a church sanctuary where the bread and wine are set for Holy Communion.

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