chancel


chancel
chanceled, chancelled, adj.
/chan"seuhl, chahn"-/, n.
the space about the altar of a church, usually enclosed, for the clergy and other officials.
[1275-1325; ME < MF < LL cancellus lattice, railing or screen before the altar of a church, L cancell(i) (pl.) lattice, railing, grating; see CANCEL]

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 portion of a church that contains the choir, often at the eastern end. Before modern changes in church practice, only clergy and choir members were permitted in the chancel. The name derives from the Latin word for “lattice,” describing the screen that during some eras of church history divided the chancel from the nave and crossing.

      This lattice is now more commonly called a chancel screen, which during the Middle Ages largely replaced a chancel rail to set the area apart. Modern churches tend to have neither screen nor significant rail, but the area is still called the chancel, and the word today is often interchangeable with choir or sanctuary.

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