Family altar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Family altar place of family devotions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Family altar the practice or the place of private devotional worship in the family
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. altārealtus, high.

Usage

In literature:

When Samuel reached Bethlehem, he laid the offerings upon the altar, and invited a worthy citizen and his family to the sacrifice.
"Half Hours in Bible Lands, Volume 2" by Rev. P. C. Headley
Be assured that every morning and evening we remember you, at the family altar, to our Father in Heaven.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Let the closet, the family altar, and the monthly concert testify.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
Over and over, when alone, Lucy asked herself why she stayed on at Sefton Falls to sacrifice her life on the altar of family loyalty.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
Painted the altar-piece for the chapel of the Bicchi family in S. Agostino, Siena.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
Each evening the family gathers about the Word at its altar in the dining-room.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
In front of the altar, beneath slabs of gray stone, are the graves of Shakespeare and his family.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Churches were refilled with worshippers, family altars rebuilt, and a new song was born in thousands of homes.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
Semitic religion is without this cult; the hearth is not an altar; the religious community is not the family but the clan.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
He refuses to sacrifice his body and the welfare of his family upon the altar of Mars.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
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In news:

SMITHVILLE The bride's great-grandfather's family Bible and a unity candle were on the altar table at Smithville Mennonite Church when Megan Nicole Mease and Henry Jason Reifsnyder were united in marriage on June 26.
Visitors can see altars , or ofrendas, created by community members, artists, schools and families in Indiana.
Joseph Day altars , those wonderful, edible, spiritual Sicilian emblems of faith and thanksgiving, are customarily built by families and church communities.
The bride was escorted to the altar by her father, and given in marriage by her family.
The Holy Family, painted by local artist Noella Gauthier-Yoeman, in the altar area.
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