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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for communion rail

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

    The Deemster|Hall Caine
  • Some in their coffins, others on stretchers, they were laid in front of the communion-rail.