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Portable Altar


Portable Altar
Donated by Francisco Paulino Rodrigues
Late 19th Century
Wood, metal, glass, paper

Portable altars were used in cases where there was no consecrated altar for celebration of the Eucharist or where they were needed for visits to the sick to give the sacrament.
This portable altar is composed of a wooden box. It opens to create a space occupied by sacred texts that could be unfolded beyond the edge of the lid, which has two special brackets to support lights. Inside, another section unfolds to make an altar top, with an altar stone in the center. The box also has a compartmented drawer used to hold the various liturgical utensils and missal stand.
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