communion rail


noun Ecclesiastical.

the altar rail where communion is received by the congregation.

Nearby words

  1. communion,
  2. communion cloth,
  3. communion cup,
  4. communion of saints,
  5. communion plate,
  6. communion sunday,
  7. communion table,
  8. communionist,
  9. communique,
  10. communiqué

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.