Pulpits

In 1517 Martin Luther nailed his “Ninety Five Theses” to the castle church door, kick-starting the “Reformation” of the church.
(See a separate article about that here and read about pews here)

Luther’s that preachers began to explain the Word of God in the context of the day. As this grew in importance, pews began to be installed and pulpits were provided as a platform for the preacher.

Our pulpit is of no ancient significance. I have no record of when it was made – it may have been a part of the 1901-3 restoration.

Perhaps of more interest is the coloured “Pulpit Fall” which is echoed in the altar frontal and the priest’s vestments.  These show a seasonal “colour code”.

White or Gold
mark the celebration times of Easter and Christmas.  They are normally used for weddings as well (a good chance for a celebration!)

Purple hangings
are used for the two penitential periods that lead up to Christmas and Easter.  They are called Advent and Lent.  We are all used to the idea of Lent being a time of preparation and “giving things up”.  Before Christmas, while many are excitedly buying presents and tinsel, in the church year, the four weeks of Advent form just the same quiet pentitential period as in Lent.

Red fabrics
signal both the color of blood and of fire so they are used for martyrs and of Christ’s death on the Cross as well as the flames of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

A Green frontal
is used at other times.  Thes days are called “Ordinary Time”, not because they are ‘ordinary’ but because “ordinal” means to count.  Ordinary Time is the period when we are counting the days and weeks before or after one of the church’s main feast days.

Our green pulpit fall sports a large “IHS” (compare this with the “IHC” you can find on the font).  They form the first three letters of “Jesus” in Greek script – IHΣΟΥΣ.
For an explanation, see the font page.