Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A decorative hanging for the front of an altar, lectern, or pulpit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hangings or screen in front of the altar; an altar cloth; the frontal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hangings or screen in front of the altar; an altar cloth; the frontal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hanging by which the front of an altar is covered; one of the kinds of frontal.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin : Latin ante-, ante- + pend─ôre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Here, however, is an example of a mediaeval Norwegian antependium, which is painted upon wood.

    Two Mediaeval Norwegian Altar Frontals

  • And an antependium of Alexander VII (1655 - 1667):

    Spectacular Vestments from the Treasury of St. John Lateran

  • In other words, both sanctuaries show the same altar with all the other benefits in place; all but the antependium.

    Another Sanctuary Revision

  • There is no question that there are a variety of important factors, particularly here in the project we have been considering, but to even the playing field, I'd like to ask you to consider two photographs that show this same altar and sanctuary in its revised, "after" state; the one showing the altar without the antependium, and the other showing it with the antependium.

    Another Sanctuary Revision

  • (The dalmatic from the new set) (Take note of the antependium -- or altar frontal -- where the design may also be seen)

    Revival in the Traditional Liturgical Arts on Display in Nantes

  • The astute viewer will note the table with palms veiled in white and the temporary ambo with red antependium for the reading of the first Gospel -- unfortunately, the sedilla with the violet chasuble for the Mass itself is not visible in the picture.

    Holy Week at Our Saviour's, New York

  • Note the ICXC NIKA ( "Jesus Christ Conquers") Christogram on the antependium, something frequently seen in the Eastern Church and which Fortescue also adopted

    Adrian Fortescue and St. Hugh of Lincoln

  • For the modern Roman liturgy, Fr. Woolley not only has kept the presence of the antependium on his altar, but he also recently added "Benedictine" arrangement, which is an important aspect of beginning the project of re-orienting typical parish liturgies.

    In Utroque Usu: St. Joseph's, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

  • It was a parishioner who made the green vestment set and antependium (altar frontal) in two of the pictures below.

    In Utroque Usu: St. Joseph's, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

  • The only two other thoughts I would add are that a simple form of white altar cloth would be best and if coloured aspects in the liturgical colour of the day are sought after, I would recommend the use of an antependium.

    Renovations: St. Mary Church, Marietta, Ohio

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