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Q: DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND INSIDE CHRISTIAN HOLY BUILDINGS The Christian religion is made of many denominations, each with its own style of worship. The denominations include Roman Catholic, Church of England, Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist and Quaker. All of these different denominations have their own place of worship, contain different furnishings, different sizes and styles of furnishings with some that are very ornate whilst others are very simplistic. Most Christian holy buildings have some common main furnishings, for example, the font or a baptism pool, a stoup, the altar, a lectern and a pulpit. In catholic churches, the font contains water for baptisms. The minister usually tips water onto a baby's head and makes a sign of a cross using the water to welcome the baby to the Christian faith. In a Baptist church, there is a bath or a small pool where adults are baptised by being lowered completely in a baptism pool and then raised back up. Catholic churches have a stoup at the entrance containing water and worshippers dip their fingers in the water and make a sign of a cross with it. In Catholic churches, the altar is used to celebrate Holy Communion, remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross forgiveness. ...read more.


There is a confessional booth where a priest sits to hear confessions privately. A stoup is a basin filled with holy water where you can bless yourself often just outside the entrance or just inside the entrance. A font which is where you get baptised and the priest enters you into the Christian community. A tabernacle which is a small cupboard built into the wall which is where the bread and wine are kept. Stations of the Cross which are on either side of the nave stations of the cross on the wall. There is an organ loft where the organ is played and where the choir may sit and sing hymns, There is also a pulpit which is where the priest leads and preaches during the service. And lastly, there is the Lady Chapel which is a smaller chapel with an altar to the Virgin Mary within the church; there are other features like stained glass windows, rosary, tabernacle, bread and wine, lambs, chi-rho, doves carved into furnishings which all symbolise different things. In an Orthodox church you will find fewer furnishings than a Roman Catholic Church or Church of England but they can be very ornate. ...read more.


On special occasions the holy buildings will contain seasonal symbols such as eggs, colours, cakes, christingle and Christmas items and doves. Services will also differ inside churches and as such there will be furnishings in addition to the usual objects and decorations. In terms of colours at Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus and at weddings to start a strong marriage there will be yellow and gold to reflect divinity and happiness. In addition at Christmas time, there will be advent wreaths and Christmas trees. Easter Sunday is celebrated with white and gold colours and eggs, as well as wooden crosses, crowns and thorns and nails showing Jesus dying on the cross are not on usual on Good Friday. Feasts of food at harvest festival, red representing the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and lastly green at trinity. In conclusion, the Christian religion is made of many denominations, each with its own style and place of worship with different furnishings for different purposes. All churches will have people in them. Sometimes people will be in church for weekly religious services and at other times they will be either celebrating calendar festivals or personal celebrations. In some cases, people may be at church for community matters or meetings. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES B (Philosophy and Ethics) 1931 Candidate Name: DOMINIC BAMBER ...read more.

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