altar rail

marble and alabaster altar rail, sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Toxteth, Liverpool, England; photographed on 9 September 2017 by Rodhullandemu; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • communion rail


A rail separating the sanctuary from the body of the church. It is of carved wood, metal, marble, or other precious material, about two and a half feet high.

MLA Citation

  • “altar rail”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2019. Web. 28 February 2021. <>