Epistle side
Epistle E*pis"tle, n. [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. ? anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, fr. ? to send to, tell by letter or message; 'epi` upon, to + ? to dispatch, send; cf. OF. epistle, epistre, F. ['e]p[^i]tre. See {Stall}.] 1. A writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; -- applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters. [1913 Webster]

A madman's epistles are no gospels. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) One of the letters in the New Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles. [1913 Webster]

{Epistle side}, the right side of an altar or church to a person looking from the nave toward the chancel. [1913 Webster]

One sees the pulpit on the epistle side. --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]


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  • epistle side — noun : the right side of an altar or chancel as one faces it : south side the priest goes to the epistle side, pours wine into the chalice C.W.Currier one sees the pulpit o the epistle side Robert Browning used especially of churches in which the …   Useful english dictionary

  • Epistle side — In the liturgical traditions of Western Christianity, the Epistle side is the term used to designate the side of a church on which the Epistle is read during the Mass or Eucharist. Facing the altar, it is the right hand side.The Gospel side is… …   Wikipedia

  • Epistle Side —    The south or right side of the Altar from which the Epistle is read. When the Priest celebrates alone, he first reads the Epistle at the south side and then passes to the north side where he reads the Gospel …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Epistle side — That place in a church from which the Epistle is usually read, i.e. south end of the altar …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • epistle side — the right side of a church, facing the altar. Cf. gospel side. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • epistle side — /əˈpɪsəl saɪd/ (say uh pisuhl suyd) noun the right hand side of a church facing the altar. Compare gospel side …   Australian English dictionary

  • Epistle — E*pis tle, n. [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. ? anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, fr. ? to send to, tell by letter or message; epi upon, to + ? to dispatch, send; cf. OF. epistle, epistre, F. [… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Epistle to the Galatians —     Epistle to the Galatians     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Epistle to the Galatians     GALATIA     In the course of centuries, gallic tribes, related to those that invaded Italy and sacked Rome, wandered east through Illyricum and Pannonia. At… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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