Friday, 12 August 2016

Rood Screens. Chancel Screens. Rood Lofts. Vaulting. Stained-Glass. Consider The Liturgy. Discuss. Pray.



Rood Screen.
Lambader, Brittany, France.
Illustration: GOTHIC PAST



Lichfield Cathedral's
stunning 16th-Century Stained-Glass Windows.
Illustration: DAILY MAIL



18th-Century Iron Screen.
Saint Riquier Abbey,
Saint-Riquier, Somme,
Picardie, France.
Photo: 13 March 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mattis.
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: The Rood Screen, Chapel Saint Fiacre,
Le Faouët, Brittany, France.
Français: Le Faouët (Bretagne, Morbihan) Chapelle Saint-Fiacre, Jubé.
Photo: 31 July 2009.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: Chancel Screen, Sens Cathedral, France.
Français: Grilles du chœur de la cathédrale de Sens. Yonne, Bourgogne, France.
Photo: 17 September 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Pline.
(Wikimedia Commons)

ROOD LOFT. 

A Rood Loft is a Gallery, or Platform, atop a Rood Screen, used for The Rood (Crucifix)
and sometimes for musicians or singers. Most Rood Lofts, and indeed most Roods,
were destroyed during The Reformation. One very-well-known surviving Rood Loft
is in the superb little Church at Saint Margaret's, Herefordshire.


The Rood Loft,
Saint Margaret's Church, Herefordshire, England.


 

English: Vault over The Choir,
Soissons Cathedral
(Saint Gervasius and Saint Protasius)
France.
Photo: 6 February 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mattana.
(Wikimedia Commons)

ALL THE ABOVE ILLUSTRATIONS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SOISSONS CATHEDRAL'S CHOIR VAULT, SAINT MARGARET'S ROOD LOFT, HEREFORDSHIRE, AND LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL'S STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS, WERE INCLUDED IN
"A TREATISE ON CHANCEL SCREENS
AND ROOD LOFTS. THEIR ANTIQUITY,
USE AND SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICATION"
BY AUGUSTUS WELBY PUGIN.
FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1851.
FACSIMILE EDITION AVAILABLE FROM

THE READER IS INVITED TO CONSIDER THE SANCTITY, PROFUNDITY,
AND HOLINESS, OF TODAY'S LITURGICAL PRACTICES, WITH THAT
OF AUGUSTUS WELBY PUGIN'S TIME.

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