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Pulpit
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I. Liturgy

The pulpit is the designated place for preaching in church; it emerged from the transportable pulpits of mendicant monks in the 13th century. Similar functions often apply to a lectern or ambo. The ancient term, ambo, has been recovered recently in Roman Catholic circles. Originally the ambo was a place for the reading of the Scriptures. From a step (gradus) musical items between the readings might be sung, hence the term Gradual. Preaching was done by the presider seated in the apse. J. Chrysostom i…

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White, James F. and Bock, Ulrich, “Pulpit”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_11270>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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