Word for 12/27 – Structure

Medieval English cathedrals generally had two elaborate structures for the reading of scripture, one for the Gospel, and another on the opposite side of the aisle for the Epistles. But the more modern practice is for a single lectern, in the form of an eagle with outstretched wings.  This is the lectern is in Salisbury Cathedral.  The photo was taken at Christmas time as you can infer from the nativity figures in the background.  From the reader’s side of the lectern you can see how its structure is designed to support an oversize text.

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