What items are in a Catholic altar?
The only items that would be in a Catholic altar, other than the substance that the altar is made out of, would perhaps be an altar stone or relics of the saints. Sometimes altars are constructed around, on top of or actually are the tombs of martyrs, in which case the remains of an entire person may be in an altar.
The answer depends on the denomination of the Christian Church the altar is in. Typically there is nothing in an altar, it usually serves as a table to hold the items needed in liturgical rites in a Christian church. These items could include books (prayer book, or service book), chalice and patten for Communion, candles, and a cross or crucifix. Some altars -- usually those in Episcopalian, Anglican, or Roman Catholic churches -- will have…
In Mass, the altar is where the miracle of Jesus turning bread into His Body and the wine into His Blood as in the Last Supper Jesus had with His apostles is re-presented. Catholic Answer A Catholic Altar is for the same purpose that all altars are erected-for sacrifice. The sacrifice of Our Blessed Lord on the Cross is re-presented on the altar.
It is customary to reverence the altar (which means while facing the altar, stand "at attention", and then make a slight bow of the head) when a Catholic visiting the inside of a Catholic church passes an altar where Holy Mass has been celebrated, but where the Blessed Sacrament is not presently reserved. (When passing an altar or a tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, Catholics customarily genuflect instead.)
Catholic Answer Outside of Mass, only an altar cloth (should be linen) may be on the altar. When Mass begins, they may put the book of the Gospels on it. At the Offertory, they spread a corporal in the center, on which they may put the gifts (the Gospels have come off when the Gospel is read). After Holy Communion, everything must be removed, and only the altar cloth remains. If the candles are…
In older traditional Catholic churches there is an altar stone embedded in the altar that contains a relic of a saint, usually a martyr. This was in remembrance of the early days of the Church when mass was held, by necessity, in the catacombs on the tombs of the martyrs. Today altar stones are no longer required in new construction.
A Catholic altar is primarily used for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where Catholics believe a priest consecrates bread and wine into the substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Catholic altars are traditionally made of stone, often marble, or wood. Before Vatican II, regardless of its material, a Catholic altar had to have an altar stone containing the relics of a Catholic martyr, thus making an altar a true altar. This…
I'm 13 and an altar server in my Catholic church. The main job for an altar server is to help the priest. the priest finds it difficult to carry out mass alone. The servers carry things like candles, incense, cross, lectionary and things like that. They also take up the gifts to the priest and wash his hands and help prepare the eucharist.
An altar. However protestants on the whole prefer the words 'communion table' as an altar was traditionally used for sacrifice. In the Catholic mass altar is used for the 're-sacrifice' of Christ in the mass. Protestants, however, regard as more important the Biblical references to Christ's sacrifice as a once-and-for-all event and therefore call it a communion table.