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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
that part of the altar which faces the congregation. In correctly orientated churches this is, of course, the western side; but where altars are placed against the north and south walls of collegiate or cathedral churches, as is constantly the case on the Continent and in the Anglo-Roman communion, the altar-side will be that against which the priest stands when ministering at the same.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Altar-Side'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/a/altar-side.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.