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- noun plural (Arch.) Seats in the chancel of a church near the altar for the officiating clergy during intervals of service.
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- noun obsolete A series of
seats, often recessed into the wall, on the south side of the chancelor choirfor the use of officiating clergy.
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The design of the sedilia resembles that at St. Monans, Fife, and adjoining the sedilia is the piscina, the aperture of which is still visible.
Close to the sedilia is a piscina decorated in a similar manner.
The deacon and subdeacon remain standing at the sedilia, while the deacon, together with four acolytes, goes to the sacristy to get the Cross.
The project will also include a new marble stand on which the tabernacle will be placed, a new wood ambo and sedilia, and other elements as well.
He lays the Corporal upon the altar, as at Solemn Mass, places the purificator next to it, and returns to the sedilia.
Remaining at the sedilia, the priest sings “Oremus”, the deacon sings “Flectamus genua”, and all kneel for a moment of silent prayer, then the deacon (no longer the subdeacon) sings “Levate”, and all rise for the collect.
The three major ministers go at once to the sedilia; the rubric does not say that they make a further reverence to the altar.
New descriptions of ceremonial actions which readers thought would be helpful -- such as the manner in which the sacred ministers go to and from the sedilia -- have been included, as have other paragraphs elucidating matters, the appreciation of which when this book was originally in print one may reasonably have presumed.
When the Solemn Prayers are finished, the major ministers go to the sedilia, and remove their maniples; the priest removes his black chasuble and subdeacon removes his black folded chasuble.
It was in the form of a sedilium, the seat occupied by the officiating priest near the altar in the chancel of a church, being about six feet high and formed of three sedilia, with two pillars supporting three arches, which in turn supported the roof; in general form it was like a portion of the row of seats in a Roman amphitheatre.