New ‘Medieval altar’ blessed at a special service

New ‘Medieval altar’ blessed at a special service

3rd February 2014

A new Nave altar and lecterns was dedicated in a special service on Saturday the 1st February, the Eve of Candlemas.

The altar has been designed by Cathedral architect Camilla Finlay and is inspired by the soaring gothic arches of the Cathedral. Its size is based on some of the medieval altar tables that are already in the Cathedral. The new lectern also echos this same design.

Saturday's service, sung by the girl choristers, included a procession with candles and the traditional ancient ceremonies for dedicating an altar – making use of rich biblical symbolism – water, oil, incense and light. Cathedral Precentor, Canon Carl Turner said: "These symbols say as much about the Church Community which gathers around the table of the Lord, as the piece of liturgical furniture that we are dedicating. Such ceremonies happen very rarely in the life of the Church."

Funding for the new altar and lectern was donated by the Masonic Province of Devonshire.

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