Sunday, October 17, 2010

Zwingli and Symbolism

When Zwingli replaced the mass with Protestant Lord’s Supper in the Grossmunster he performed some powerful symbolic acts. The stone altar was dismantled and the stones used as part of the paving on which the communion table (see an earlier post) was placed. Directly above was the new pulpit he constructed. The picture above is a drawing of this elevated pulpit.

What strikes our attention vis-à-vis the symbolism employed by Zwingli – the replacement of the altar with a table, the use of the stone of the altar for the paving under the communion table directly under the pulpit.

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