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North Cerney, Gloucestershire - high altar lenten array

Lenten array is the characteristic lenten adornment of churches that follow the English Use, which follows medieval north European precedent. The purple you see in many churches is a Roman Catholic custom which was only followed universally in the roman church from the nineteenth century. The concept of lenten array is the general negation of colour to reflect the penitential charcater of Lent. It is highly effective. Sometimes the plain lined was stencilled in red and black, as in this example, the high altar lenten array at North Cerney, Oxfordshire.

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Taken on April 12, 2006