(9) The Lectern, and above St Peter

The Lectern, and above, St Peter

The brass lectern is in the shape of an eagle on whose outstretched wings the Bible rests. The symbolism of the eagle derived from the belief that the bird was capable of staring into the sun and that Christians similarly were able to gaze unflinchingly at the revelation of the divine word.

It was presented in memory of Rev John Chandler.

St Peter, shown with a squarish face and rounded beard, holds a key and a book. The key symbolises the key of heaven that Jesus promised him "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16 verse 19).

Peter is considered one of the church's founding fathers (along with St Paul) "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" (The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16 verse 18).

The carving is consistent with Axel Haig's style and is thought to be by him.

See also: Memorial Tablet Rev John Chandler

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