altar frontal

 19th-century entombment image on an altar frontal, artist unknown; church of Château-Garnier, Vienne, France; photographed on 14 September 2014 by JLPC; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsDerivation

  • ante-pendium – Latin: ante, before; pendere, hang


An appendage covering the entire front of the altar; a similar covering should be used at the back if it be seen by the people. It may be made of precious metals, wood, cloth of gold, or other precious materials. If the altar be of carved wood or marble it may be considered sufficiently ornamental, and the ante-pendium deemed unnecessary.

MLA Citation

  • “altar frontal”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2019. Web. 22 June 2021. <>