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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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