altar stone
noun Date: 14th century a stone slab with a compartment containing the relics of martyrs that forms an essential part of a Roman Catholic altar

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  • Altar Stone — • A solid piece of natural stone, consecrated by a bishop, large enough to hold the Sacred Host and chalice Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Altar Stone     Altar Stone      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Altar stone — In Roman Catholic Churches, an altar stone is a solid piece of natural stone, consecrated by a bishop. [CathEncy|wstitle=Altar Stone] Before the Second Vatican Council, Mass could only lawfully be celebrated on a properly consecrated altar. This… …   Wikipedia

  • altar stone —    An altar stone is that part of an altar that contains relics of martyrs or other saints …   Glossary of theological terms

  • altar stone — noun 1. : a stone slab serving as the top of an altar and often (as in the Roman Catholic Church) specially consecrated 2. : a small rectangular consecrated stone used as an altar by the Roman Catholic Church * * * mensa. Also called altar slab.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • altar-stone — alˈtar stone noun 1. A stone serving as an altar 2. A consecrated slab forming or inserted in the top of an altar • • • Main Entry: ↑altar …   Useful english dictionary

  • altar stone — mensa. Also called altar slab. [1275 1325; ME awterston] * * * …   Universalium

  • Altar stone (Stonehenge) — The Altar Stone is a central megalith at Stonehenge in England, dating to Stonehenge phase 3i, around 2600 BC. It is made of a purplish green micaceous sandstone and is thought to have originated from outcrops of the Senni formation of the Old… …   Wikipedia

  • Malia altar stone — The Malia altar stone is a stone slab bearing an inscription in Cretan hieroglyphs, excavated in Malia, Crete. The stone has a cuplike cavity and is thought to be a Minoan altar stone. Of the 16 glyphs of the inscription, three occur twice each.… …   Wikipedia

  • Altar (in Liturgy) — • In the New Law the altar is the table on which the Eucharistic Sacrifice is offered Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Altar (in Liturgy)     Altar (in Liturgy) …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Altar cloth — Altar covered with white altar cloths. An (altar cloth) is used by various religious groups to cover an altar. Christianity, ancient Judaism, and Buddhism are among the world religions that use altar cloths. Because many altars are made of wood… …   Wikipedia

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