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Blessed Be This Church

By Philip_H
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.

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Tags: Church Close-up Architecture East yorkshire Bronze Chancel Consecration cross Candle braket Leaded light window Window reveal

Voters: BarbaraR, saeidNL, mrswoolybill and 15 more

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
18 Feb 2012 1:24PM
Lovely light here,well done.

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 1:35PM
This is superb, a mix of lines, angles and textures, and the shadows bring them all together in harmony.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Feb 2012 1:59PM
I like all these lines and shadows--- good eyes!
8 10 10 England
18 Feb 2012 4:13PM
18 Feb 2012 7:43PM
Excellent light and shadows.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 3:30PM
great lines ...

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