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communion rail

noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. the altar rail where communion is received by the congregation.
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Origin of communion rail

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • Some in their coffins, others on stretchers, they were laid in front of the communion-rail.

    The Seaboard Parish, Complete

    George MacDonald

  • Three times the company passed round the church before entering it, and then they trooped up toward the communion-rail.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine