Here we are, back at Salisbury Cathedral for Part B, the interior. See last week's Anglophile Friday for Part A. The exterior of the cathedral is really quite spectacular. And although we marvel at the architecture of these English cathedrals, we must bear in mind that they were built to be houses of worship, places where the Christian community gathers to worship King Jesus, Lord of the universe. Still true today, Salisbury Cathedral's mission is worship and outreach.
At the back of the nave, the first thing you can't miss is the beautiful, modern baptismal font, 'living water,' by William Pye. It was consecrated on September 28, 2008, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the 750th anniversary of the original consecration of the cathedral. Designed to be cruciform in shape, it is a beautiful work of art.
The font is nearly 10' wide in order to allow for total immersion baptism, which I'm certain is more convenient than having to march down to the River Avon. The original white alabaster font was rescued by a visiting rector from South Australia, and taken to his church there. I like knowing that rather than being discarded, it's being used in another part of the world.
Now we have several shots of the nave and quire with their beautiful ceilings and columns.
Pulpit near entrance to the quire
Transept, viewing the quire ceiling on the left, nave and upper gallery on right.
Rib Vault Ceiling of the Quire
'In Memory of the Choristers of this Cathedral Church and other Members of the Cathedral School who fell in the World Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.'
rises from a single column.
to be completed. It was consecrated in 1225.
Its location is behind the altar, at the east end of the cathedral.
'reflecting a Christian response to worldwide violence and injustice.'
Oh. And I neglected to mention in last week's post that this cathedral, the foundation stones of which were laid in 1220, is the 'new' cathedral. I'll try to come up with a summary paragraph about Old Sarum by next week. :-) Has anyone read the book Sarum: The Novel of England by Rutherfurd? I was wondering if it was worth reading.
Recognizing my tendency to ramble when there's a keyboard under my fingers, I'll just stop here and wish you all a great weekend.
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