Monday, 16 November 2009

How is the lectern decorated in your church ?

How is the lectern decorated in your church ?
Specify religion please.

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I am an Episcopalian. St. John's Church.
Our church has a lectern and a pulpit.

The lectern is a huge golden eagle standing upon an orb. The open wings support the book.
The pulpet is wooden, reached by two attached steps. On one side is the Shield of the Episcopal Chruch, the other the cup and serpent which is the symbol of St. John the Evangelist.

1 comment:

Glaucus said...

Christian art usually represents St John with an eagle, symbolizing the heights to which he rises in the first chapter of his Gospel. The chalice as symbolic of St John, which, according to some authorities, was not adopted until the thirteenth century, is sometimes interpreted with reference to the Last Supper, again as connected with the legend according to which St. John was handed a cup of poisoned wine, from which, at his blessing, the poison rose in the shape of a serpent. Perhaps the most natural explanation is to be found in the words of Christ to John and James "My chalice indeed you shall drink" (Matthew 20:23).