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Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Altar

 

* A cubical table placed in the midst of the sanctuary on which the Holy Sacrifice is offered (the Lord's Body and Blood).

* Around the altar there is four pillars that end up with a dome called "ciborium" or "canopy."

* The altar symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ's grave.

 

* See also: Altar board, Altar-candlesticks, Altar clothing (coverings), Altar, consecration of the, Altar-curtains, Altar fans (flabellum), Altar lights, Altar in the Bible Dictionary.

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