sedilia


sedilia
sedilia [si dil′ē ə]
pl.n.
sing. sedile [sidī′lē]L, pl. of sedile, a seat < sedere, to SIT
a set of seats, usually three, traditionally along the south side of a church, for the use of officiating clergy

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      in architecture, group of seats for the clergy in a Christian church of Gothic style. Usually consisting of three separate stone seats—for the priest, the deacon, and the subdeacon—the sedilia is located on the south side of the chancel, or choir, in a cruciform church (one that is built in the shape of a cross). The earliest sedilia were freestanding stone benches, but late in the 12th century church architects began to recess the sedilia into the chancel wall. Often these recessed seats are on three different levels, descending like steps from east to west. The niches they occupy are frequently decorated with rich canopies, elegantly carved arches, and pinnacles.

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  • Sedilia — Term used for the stalls of a church in the 11c. A seat or a group of seats for priests, canopied and decorated, near the altar …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Sedilia —    From the Latin sedile, meaning a seat. The name given to the seats near the Altar, usually placed against the south wall, to be used by the Clergy during the sermon at the Holy Communion …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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