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communion rail

noun, Ecclesiastical.
the altar rail where communion is received by the congregation.
Origin of communion rail
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Behind the communion rail he stopped and raised a restraining hand.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • The company followed him and drew up outside the communion rail.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • The face of Thorkell's wife became very pale; she grew faint, and clutched the communion rail as she staggered back.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • Never surely ought we to be so "clothed with humility," as when we kneel at the communion rail.

    Practical Religion

    John Charles Ryle
  • I will never help to crowd a communion rail with careless, ignorant, self-righteous attendants.

    Practical Religion

    John Charles Ryle
  • A sense of our own utter unworthiness is the best worthiness we can bring to the communion rail.

    Practical Religion

    John Charles Ryle
  • Among Catholics all men have always been on equal footing at the communion rail.

  • Then, as the last well-filled plate was piled on the step of the communion rail, the voluntary died away in a soft whisper.

    The Mark of the Beast

    Sidney Watson
  • Young necks craned and eyes bulged as the packages were deposited on the tables in front of the communion rail.

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