Why is Stone (Marble) best material to made of church altar?


Since wood is subject to decay, the baser metals to corrosion, and the more precious metals were too expensive, stone became in course of time the ordinary material for an altar table. The earliest decree of a council prescribing that an altar table which is to be consecrated should be of stone is that of the provincial council of Epeaune France, in 517.



Marble stone church altar table,


The present discipline of the Latin Church distinguishes between the “table” of an altar (the top) and the supports or base. The latter, provided it is dignified and solid, may be of any material. Marble Altar sculpture from You Fine Art Sculpture Factory as following:


Marble church altar table



On the other hand, “in keeping with the Church’s traditional practice and with what the altar signifies, the table of a fixed altar should be of stone and indeed of natural stone”, except where the episcopal conference authorizes the use of another material (such as wood) that is dignified, solid and well-crafted. “A movable altar may be constructed of any noble and solid material suited to liturgical use, according to the traditions and usages of the different regions.

In Eastern Christianity (including the Eastern Catholic Churches) the use of stone, wood or metal is permitted.

Related Posts
Get in Touch with Us Now!

Got questions or feedback? We’d love to hear from you! Just fill out the form below, and our friendly team will respond ASAP.

Scroll to Top



As a factory of Quyang, the famous hometown of sculpture in China, we are always ready to provide you sculptures with better quality and services. Welcome to contact us or visit our factory in the following ways:

Contact Us