Altarage is a term once in common use in the Roman Catholic Church. From the low Latin altaragium, which signified the revenue reserved for the chaplain (altarist or altar-thane) in contradistinction to the income of the parish priest, it came to signify the fees received by a priest from the laity when discharging any function for them, e.g. at marriages, baptisms, funerals. It was also termed honorarium, stipend, and stole-fee.
- This article incorporates text from the entry Altarage in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.
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