Why is the altar stone covered in linen?


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2014-01-26 12:39:04
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The "altar stone" is the true altar. The rest of the "altar" is not strictly speaking an altar, but the support for the altar. The altar stone usually has the relics of saints contained within it, and it should be covered with three clothes, although nowadays, many places dispense with the lower two. Symbolically, the linen cloth (the topmost cloth that covers the altar) signifies the linen in which the dead body of Our Lord was wrapped.


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No, the altar linen must always be white. Violet can be used for hangings on the front of the altar or sides, but the top cloth must always be white linen.

.Catholic AnswerNormally stone, at least the actual part of the altar that the sacrifice is celebrated on would be stone. There is often an "altar stone" inserted in the top of a wooden altar.

.Catholic AnswerLinen clothes used at the altar.

Well, collectively, "altar cloth".In the Roman rite, three altar cloths are used along with a thicker layer.At the bottom we have the cere cloth: a piece of heavy linen treated with wax, to protect the altar linens from the dampness of a stone altar, and also to prevent the altar from being stained by any wine that may be spilled. Exactly the same size as the mensa' (the flat rectangular top of the altar).Above this, two linen cloths made of heavy linen exactly the same size as the mensa of the altar. They act as a cushion and, with the cere cloth, prevent the altar from being dented by heavy vases or communion vessels placed on top.The topmost cloth is the fair linen, a long white linen cloth laid over the two linen cloths. It has the same depth as the mensa of the altar, but is longer, generally hanging over the edges to within a few inches of the floor or, according to some authorities, it should hang 18 inches over the ends of the mensa. On an altar consisting of the mensa resting on columns or made after the fashion of a tomb the topmost linen did not have to overhang the edges at the sides. It could be trimmed with lace on the ends and could be ornamented with figures of chalices, hosts and the like. Five small crosses might be embroidered on the fair linen - one to fall at each corner of the mensa, and one in the middle of the front edge. These symbolised the five wounds of Jesus. The fair linen would be left on the altar at all times. When removed for replacement, it would be rolled, not folded. It symbolized the shroud in which Jesus was wrapped for burial.Finally, when the altar is not in use, a coverlet of the same heavy linen, and of the same length and width as the fair linen, is left on the altar to protect from dust and debris.

Chalice, bread, wine, water, linen, gold paten are all used at the altar by the priest.

No, but the altar top should be stone of some sort, and a permanent altar should be unmovable.

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 altar stone is usually a flat square tablet, several inches by several inches with five crosses cut into it in an "X" pattern along its top surface; this stone is inset in the front top surface of the altar where the priest would reverence it during Holy Mass with several ceremonial kisses. The altar stone is usually difficult to spot as most altars are covered with linens during ceremonies and covers when not in use. If an altar stone is removed, the altar is desecrated and must be reconsecrated. Tabernacles, the little box-like compartments once found on most altars, were usually made of the same substance and style of the altar, though, according to Canon law, they had to be anchored to the altar so as not able to be moved. In the modern Church, tabernacles are rarely installed or have been allowed to remain on the altar and altar stones are all but discontinued save in traditional or pious channels. In a pinch, any flat surface can serve as an altar. A Greek corporal - a portable "altar stone" with relics sewn into it - can then be used by the priest. Mass can then be said on anything from a card table in a hotel to an ammunition crate in a war zone, as has been done by missionaries and military chaplains. In a case of emergency, Mass can be said without an altar stone almost anywhere, as the case of Cardinal Mindszenty who said Mass on his own chest while in prison.

An altar is used for change. For when you go to the altar; that is where sins are layed and forgiveness is given. It is made of unhewed stone, or wood placed together for communication with our Creator, God .

The church should have a document on file stating which saint's relics are in the altar stone.

Roman Catholic AnswerOutside of Mass, nothing is on an altar but a linen cloth and a dust cloth, perhaps. For Mass, there must be a white linen cloth. There should be a Crucifix and candles NEAR the altar, and on some they may be on it, but not necessarily. At the Offertory, during the middle of Mass, a corporal is put on the altar to catch any crumbs that may fall from the Host. A Sacramentary or Missal will be placed to the left of the corporal. Then the priest takes the paten with the Host, offers it to God and places the Paten on the altar. He does the same with the Chalice. So for the rest of Mass there will be a Missalor Sacramentary (the book), and a Paten and Chaliceresting on a Corporal, on the altar. These will all be cleared off after Holy Communion.

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.

.Catholic AnswerOutside 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 not near the altar, they may be on it.

Stone: denser stone for the foundation and base, lighter stone for the upper levels, with a linen canopy held by ropes-

The Church no longer requires that an altar have a relic of a saint embedded in it. However, most older churches as well as some newer churches have an altar stone with a relic of a saint, usually a martyr.

He was wrapped in linen and placed in a coffin that had a gold mask that covered his face.

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will alter is a high table which is usually located at the front of the church and they keep the bible on it This is someone different answering An alter is usually covered with an altar cloth and has candles on it

You are probably talking about the altar, which would be covered with an altar cloth. If you are speaking of the credence table, then it would just be covered with a cloth, which would just be known as a cloth or a tablecloth, I suppose, although I have never heard that particular word used.

A stone falls freely from rest The total distance covered by it in the last second of its motion equals the distance covered by it in the first three seconds How long does the stone remain in air?

After the body is wrapped, the head and face were often covered by a mask decorated with facial features similar to those of the deceased.

Roman Catholic AnswerAn altar, a linen altar cloth, a corporal, a gold paten, a ciborium, wheat hosts, water, grape wine, gold chalice, a Sacramentary or Missal, candles, a Crucifix, a lavabo, vestments, a priest or bishop, the faithful.

They used: linen, natron, hooks, canopic jars, cloth, stone, paint, and a table

They were wrapped in linen bandages, placed in a wooden sarchophagus inside a stone one.

The fingers and toes were often simply covered in linen while the wrapping was taking place. Many priests wrapped them individually.

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