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SYMBOLISM OF FURNISHING IN HOLY BUILDINGS?
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Q: EXPLAIN SOME OF THE DIFFERENT SYMBOLS USED IN CHRISTIANITY
Within Christianity there are a wide range of symbols which represent what is believed. Christian buildings are themselves symbolic, as are the things inside of them. Similarly, Christians use colour and music for different occasions to symbolise different things. All of these aspects of Christianity can be different in size and style (modern or traditional) depending on which denomination is being represented.
In terms of Christian buildings, the architecture and design is often symbolic. There are three main types of buildings; cathedrals, orthodox churches and free churches. Cathedrals are usually large and this demonstrates their importance. They were historically built at the centre of the community to represent God's kingship on Earth. Inside cathedrals and parish churches, the altar is the focus of attention as this is where the main act of worship takes place. Methodist churches often have smaller altars than other denominations. The lectern is where the word of God is spoken and it can be in the shape of an eagle which symbolises the spreading of God's words. Orthodox churches are often built in the shape of a cross which represents the sacrificial death of
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