Catholic Dictionary




An altar to which the church formerly attached a plenary indulgence in favor of the soul for whom a Mass was offered at the altar. Privileged altars were either local or personal. They were local when the favor was attached to the altar itself, so that all Masses celebrated under the prescribed conditions had a plenary indulgence attached to them. They were personal when the privilege was attached either to the priest offering the Mass or to the person for whom the Mass was offered.