• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain the significance of the features and furnishings of a Christian place of worship and say how they reflect and assist belief.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explain the significance of the features and furnishings of a Christian place of worship and say how they reflect and assist belief. Different Christian churches have different features and furnishings inside of them. These differences in the churches show that churches place different emphasis on what they believe in. The features and furnishings in a church help people to worship. There are objects in catholic churches which would not be found in non catholic churches and there are objects found in non catholic churches which have objects which catholic churches don't have. In a Catholic church most of the features and furnishings are meant to aid people's worship of God and Jesus. A church is meant to create an atmosphere of awe and a sense of respect towards God and what he represents. ...read more.

Middle

The host, the blessed bread, is kept in a Tabernacle. A tabernacle is used in Roman Catholic churches to hold the host as hosts are not thrown away because it is the body of Christ. This shows the real presence. It is also a focus for people praying, it aides their worship. In a Roman Catholic Church a sanctuary light is lit when hosts are present in the Tabernacle. It shows the Catholic belief in the real presence. It gives out information, catches people's attention and also creates an atmosphere for people to worship in and gives a person an object to focus on when praying. Candles, incense and stained glass windows are also very important because they create an atmosphere, a sense of wonder and respect in a place of worship. ...read more.

Conclusion

It gives a person space and privacy to ask God for forgiveness and help, allowing them to speak to priests in privacy. In all churches there are Fonts which are used for baptism. By being baptised a person is being cleaned from sin through the waters of baptism. Fonts are placed either by the door of the church to represents that baptism is the entry into the Church, or in the centre of the church to represents that baptism is the entry into the church community. Fonts are extremely important because they enter a person into the church and the community and cleanses them of their sins. Lecterns and pulpits are in all churches. They emphasis the word on God by the priest moving to a different area to speak the word of God or to read from the bible. They focus a person's attention on the priest and on what the priest is saying. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Places of Worship section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Places of Worship essays

  1. Describe the main features of a church.

    Although if a person doesn't attend church they can still show they are Christians. As we know not all the work of a church is done in a church. Churches organise many events within their towns to help others and encourage Christianity.

  2. The Church, A Christian Place of Worship.

    Banners are another way of praising the Lord for they are decorative beautiful and often have words of praise and celebration on them. This is very important for Christians, as they must be able to express themselves in different ways.

  1. Places and Forms Of Worship

    They are bowls of holy water, also known as the water of baptism. This is to remind you of when you become a member of the church. The priest blesses the water in the stoup to make it holy and when people walk into the church they put their fingers

  2. Freedom to Worship: An Analysis of Freedom of Religion in the United States and ...

    legislation adopted must be the least restricted means of reaching a compelling governmental objective. It maybe a compelling objective to prevent people from using hallucinogenic drugs, but in this case Congress felt there were other means of achieving it. However, the court overturned this piece of legislation recently and argued

  1. Muslim Worship.

    Praying brings peace and tranquillity, courage, hope and confidence. Prayer marks Muslims who have faith. Praying, for Muslims, is the most sacred part of life as it is when they come into contact with God. In the Qu'ran it is said to pray as it is what Muhammad (pbuh) did.

  2. Mosques - a place for worship.

    It helps the Imams voice to be heard throughout the Mosque when it is full of worshippers. In hot countries it also helps the mosque to stay cool as the air circulates in the dome. It is a distinguishing feature and is very different.

  1. Describe the main features of a specific place of catholic worship.

    There is a Tabernacle; this is a small cupboard, which is set into the wall, next to the Confessional. It holds within its walls (the Blessed Sacrament) a chalice, paten and what is left from the previous communion service. Next to the lectern there is a font, the font is

  2. Explain the value of a Christian place of worship in the life of a ...

    Many people feel closer to God when they are at Church. Although you can pray anywhere, anytime, many Christians find it easier, or find themselves more comfortable doing so at Church. Church is the 'house of God' so they feel that they can relate more to him here.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work