A privileged altar is
"One at which a plenary indulgence may be gained for a soul in Purgatory by the
celebration and application of a [particular] Mass. The privilege is either
local (belonging to any priest at a particular altar) or personal (to a
particular priest and any altar) or mixed (to certain priests at certain
altars)." (Catholic Dictionary) Note that the indulgence is to be applied to the
soul for whom the Mass was offered.
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