The altar had been defiled by vandals.
There was a madonna on the altar.
The priest bowed down before the altar.
It is (a) sacrilege to steal a crucifix from an altar.
He knelt as a suppliant at the altar.
The pilgrims prostrated themselves before the altar.
The high priest sacrificed the goat on the altar.
He led Mary to the altar yesterday.
1. (教堂内的)圣坛, 祭坛