Catholic Pocket Dictionary – altar


The Hebrew word which is usually translated “altar,” means “a place of sacrifice.” The name occurs in early Christian writers. “There is one flesh,” says Saint Ignatius, the disciple of Saint John, “one flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one chalice for union with His blood, one altar, as one bishop.” So Tertullian describes Christians as standing at the “altar of God”; and the same word “altar” is used in the Apostolic Constitutions and in the ancient liturgies.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “altar”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 May 2017. Web. 28 October 2020. <>