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The Roman Catholic Church that was visited was built in 1932 and was of a typical style of many buildings built at that time.

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Introduction

Introduction (outside of church): The Roman Catholic Church that was visited was built in 1932 and was of a typical style of many buildings built at that time: it was red brick but with bigger grey stone 'bricks' at the vertices but what perhaps distinguishes its significance than to any other building, apart from its shape, were the elaborations and the lavish decorations on the south side of the church (the side from which we entered the church). There were grey stone pillars of a Corinthian nature supporting a large triangular slab similar to that of the end of the Parthenon in Athens but with a cross carved upon the centre. Above this triangle, embellished with small carved stone pillars (one either side), there was an image of the monstrance which holds the Blessed Sacrament during Mass. The monstrance was labelled in the centre with the letters "IHS" but the meaning of this will be described later. Stoups: Once inside the church there were two sets of stoups, one on the where we came in and one on a another entrance made of a rusty coloured marble jutting out of a slight alcove and a rectangular glass dish. These "stoups" contained holy water (consecrated water that would be used in baptism and confirmation) ...read more.

Middle

It stood on a plinth a couple of feet off the ground and the actual statue was about three feet tall. In Mary's left hand was a sceptre and in her right there was a baby Jesus. Jesus was holding an orb in his left hand and with his right hand, palm facing outwards, he was making the sign of the blessing. Behind the statue there was a modern multicoloured stained glass window. In front of the statue of the Virgin Mary there were the Votive Candles which were in four rows of increasing height on a stand about three feet high at its highest point. The candles themselves were about eight centimetres tall and just over one centimetre in diameter. To the left of the stand there was a place to put your money into if you were going to light a candle and beneath the stand there was a candle box which contained the candles ready to light. Crucifix: The crucifix (of Jesus) stood foot tall in a small recess about three and a half feet above the floor. Jesus' hands and feet were dripping with blood where they were nailed to the cross. There was a nail through each hand and the feet were nailed together to the cross with a single nail. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jesus was portrayed as being young, he had a beard and shoulder length hair and he had a golden halo around his head. He was wearing a long white robe with a gold regal looking cloak on top of it and there were holes in his hands and feet. Perhaps the most quickly perceptible point of the statue was the 'sacred heart': on the buckle which kept his cloak on, which was across his chest, was a human sized heart (in ratio). This heart was shaded red in the top half and gradually traversed to a bright shade of metallic gold in the bottom half. The 'Second Altar': At the back of the church there was a second altar which was only ever used once a year on Good Friday. This altar was made of white stone; it stood three and a half feet high, five foot wide and three feet deep. Two thirds of the way back in the centre there was another tabernacle that was made of stone and again, on a rectangular brass sheet that covers the front of it, there was an image of the monstrance. Beneath this second tabernacle there was a reliquary: again containing the bones of a Saint. Thomas Robbins M5D: R.S. Coursework Essay: Describe the main features of the Roman Catholic Church and its furnishings (section A). 1 ...read more.

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