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Windows on the Holy Mystery

"The screen itself was both a barrier and no barrier. It was not a wall but rather a set of windows, a frame for the liturgical drama, solid only to waist-height, pierced by a door wide enough for ministers and choir to pass through and which the laity themselves might penetrate on certain occasions... This penetration was a two-way process: if the laity sometimes passed through the screen to the mystery, the mystery sometimes moved out to meet them."

 

- Eamon Duffy

 

The altar at St Birinus' is seen through the beautifully gilded Rood screen.

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Taken on September 24, 2008