Catholic Encyclopedia – Double Altar

detail of the double high altar in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chihuahua, Mexico; photographed on June 2007 by Lyricmac; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

An altar having a double front constructed in such a manner that Mass may be celebrated on both sides of it at the same time. They are frequently found in churches of religious communities in which the choir is behind the altar so that whilst one priest is celebrating the Holy Sacrifice for the community in choir, another may celebrate for the laity assembled in the church.

MLA Citation

  • Augustin Joseph Schulte. “Double Altar”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1907. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 October 2018. Web. 26 May 2019. <>