Literally: “something hanging in front”. An ornament placed in front of the The altar is the central piece of furniture used in the Eucharist. Originally, an altar used to be a sacrificial table. This fits in with the theological view that Jesus sacrificed himself, through his death on the cross, to redeem mankind, as symbolically depicted in the painting "The Adoration of the Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers. In modern times the altar is often described as "the table of the Lord". Here the altar refers to the table at which Jesus and his disciples were seated at the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper. Just as Jesus and his disciples did then, the priest and the faithful gather around this table with bread and wine. and usually covering it completely. An antependium can be made of various materials: silver (as in Antwerp The main church of a diocese, where the bishop's seat is.), wood but also textiles. In the latter case it is sometimes adapted to the The colour of the chasuble, the dalmatic, and the stole, among others, varies according to the time of year. The main liturgical colours are:
green: this is the standard colour
purple: in times of penance and expectation, i.e. Advent and Lent
white: on the high feasts such as Christmas and Easter
red: on the feasts of the Holy Spirit [such as Pentecost and confirmation] and on special feasts of martyrs.