How to Read a Church: A Guide to Symbols and Images in Churches and Cathedrals

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Whether visiting a church as a secular tourist or a devout pilgrim, people have many of the same questions: Who are the figures in the stained glass? What does that picture of an animal mean? Why is the building laid out this way? Is this or that detail significant?

How to Read a Church is an essential guide to these incredible buildings and the treasures they contain. As well as exploring recurring motifs, it looks at how to "read" the priest and the congregation, and ...

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Overview

Whether visiting a church as a secular tourist or a devout pilgrim, people have many of the same questions: Who are the figures in the stained glass? What does that picture of an animal mean? Why is the building laid out this way? Is this or that detail significant?

How to Read a Church is an essential guide to these incredible buildings and the treasures they contain. As well as exploring recurring motifs, it looks at how to "read" the priest and the congregation, and considers the ways in which churches reflect the Christian year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587680304
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 504,004
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Photo Credits viii
Author's Note ix
Reading a Church: Preliminaries 1
Church Building and Furniture 21
Crosses and Crucifixes 39
God 48
Jesus 57
The Vir Gin Mary 83
Saints 92
The Old Testament 132
Doctors, Angels and Abstracts 168
Animals, Birds and Fish 182
Plants 201
Letters and Words 214
How to Read a Priest 225
Appendix The Creed Sequence 234
Selected Further Reading 236
Index 238
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