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This little bronze consecration cross, at a small Norman church in the East Riding of Yorkshire, caught my eye along with the play of light through the leaded light window. Consecration crosses were, in the Middle Ages, a visible declaration of the dedication of a newly founded church to the exclusive service of God, symbolising the victory of Christ through the Passion and providing a defence against demonical powers. A full set of consecration crosses numbers 24. When a bishop consecrated the church he would ascend to each cross in turn and anoint it with CHRISM: Sanctifecetur hoc templum - 'blessed be this church'. Each interior cross (usually 12 in number) was provided with a candle bracket: 12 crosses with lighted candles symbolising the world's enlightenment through the 12 apostles. The candle bracket for this cross can be seen bottom centre. Such crosses are now rare.

Thanks for all the C&C's on my p/f.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 May 2011 - 2:23 PM
Focal Length:13.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Blessed Be This Church
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:18 Feb 2012 - 1:12 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bronze, Candle braket, Chancel, Church, Close-up, Consecration cross, East yorkshire, Leaded light window, Window reveal
Votes:18

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:24 PM

Lovely light here,well done.
saeid

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:35 PM

This is superb, a mix of lines, angles and textures, and the shadows bring them all together in harmony.
Moira

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:59 PM

I like all these lines and shadows--- good eyes!

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 4:13 PM

Beautiful.
Joan.

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
18 Feb 2012 - 7:43 PM

Excellent light and shadows.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2012 - 3:30 PM

great lines ...

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