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Online Course : John's Talk on the History of Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals

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Starts: Monday, 20 July 2020 at 8:00PM
Ends: Monday, 20 July 2020 at 9:00PM
Available spaces: 278

Tutor: John Vigar

This lecture is a stand alone title but follows on from John’s popular presentation `Murder, Sex and Mayhem in English Churches` in which he told the story of human tragedy and frailty as depicted in our parish churches.

In this talk he builds on this approach to show how pictures and objects in our churches introduce us to historic practices – many of which have been forgotten or superseded – surrounding the so-called `Rites of Passage`.

Our first rite of passage – Baptism – is discovered via Holy Wells, fonts with their covers, canopies and chrismatories.

The second rite of passage – Holy Matrimony – is inextricably linked to church porches, mazers and Church Ales.

Our final rite of passage – the Funeral – is discussed though wall paintings of a sexton’s implements, huts to protect eighteenth century parsons at the graveside, and depictions of the last rites.

The lecture uses illustrations including carvings, wall paintings, stained glass and objects to show a thousand years of depictions of the milestones in our human journey.

 

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