altar stone

portable altarAlso known as

  • portable altar


A small, flat slab of natural stone, consecrated ordinarily by a bishop, containing in a stone-covered cavity relics of two canonized martyrs, inserted in the center of the table of an altar which is not entirely consecrated. The host and chalice are placed on this stone during the Sacrifice of the Mass. The stone is portable and may be placed in any suitable altar: it really constitutes the altar.

MLA Citation

  • “altar stone”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 December 2019. Web. 21 September 2021. <>