Definition of altar service in English:

altar service

noun

Christian Church
  • 1A set of utensils used in the communion rite.

  • 2Chiefly in the Roman Catholic Church: the action or process of being an altar server; the assisting of a priest during Mass.

  • 3US
    Chiefly US. In certain Reformed Churches: a church service, or part of a church service, centred around the altar, especially involving prayers and gospel readings; (now specifically) a ritual associated with evangelical revival movements in which individuals are invited to approach the preacher to make a public expression of their faith or participate in spiritual healing through prayer.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From altar + service.

Pronunciation

altar service

/ˈɔːltəˌsəːvɪs//ˈɒltəˌsəːvɪs/