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Meme of the Day

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Pulpit of the Day!

This pulpit is in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Duszniki Zdrój, Silesia, Poland.  Below the picture is description of the pulpit from this website.  I wonder what it would be like to preach from this pulpit!?  Or hear a sermon preached from it!? It surely is a Biblical pulpit!

The most famous part of the church is the unique pulpit, in the shape of a big fish with a twisted tail and an open mouth, from which sermons were delivered. Such pulpits are common in Lusatia, Saxony and Bohemia; in Silesia there are only two more pulpits of this sort, both of which are much more modest. They refer to the biblical story of Jonah, who was saved by a giant fish (the scene of Jonah Thrown Into the Sea is depicted on a relief on the pulpit door). It is decorated with numerous sculptures – figures of the evangelists, Ezekiel’s Vision (the prophet, and figures rising from the graves), figures of the four Fathers of the Church, and – in the finial – Christ, whose blood drips into a goblet. The figures of Jonah, Ezekiel and Christ are related to the topic of the Resurrection (the prophet being spat out of the fish alive after three days in its stomach is considered to be the prefiguration of the Resurrection); the remaining figures depict preaching and interpreting the Word of God, and the Eucharist. The pulpit was constructed between 1720 and 1722, funded by the town council. 

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