A Parish of the Diocese of Canterbury under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Richborough.
2. The Baptistery and North AisleLocaleBiznet2017-01-18T07:58:58+00:00
Virtual Tour of St.Peter’s
part two The Baptistery and North Aisle
As you enter through the Jubilee Doors, immediately on your right you will find the Stoup which contains Holy Water. It is customary to sprinkle a little over your head, or to make the sign of the cross with it, as a sign of cleansing, as you enter the Church. This is usually accompanied by kneeling or bowing, as a mark of respect. The custom goes back to Apostolic times and is thought to have been instituted by St. Matthew.
If you look up, over the door is a painting of Christ crucified transfigured in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. It was painted to mark the restoration of St. Peter's from the 1996 fire by the renowned artist John Pelling.
Looking to the right of the painting, you can still see scorch marks from the fire on some of the bricks.
Facing into the church, you will see the Baptistery on your left.
This is the start of each person's pilgrim journey through the church as this is where they are baptised in the name of Jesus Christ with holy water.
On your immediate left as you enter, you will see a figure of Christ crucified on the Cross. This forms the memorial to all those members of the Church and Parish who were killed in the two World Wars. It is thought that the figure of Christ comes from the original World War One memorial, which was ost in the 1950's.
If you are interested in further details of this please read more hereThis is a small plaque of the Nativity surrounded by fruit and flowers.
It is a small memorial given in thanks to all those who arrange the flowers in the Church and to those who keep it clean. It is hung over the door to the broom and flower cupboard.
Nearby you will see the Font . The Font is where Holy Water and Oil are poured during Baptism. As this is the place that we welcome people into Christ's Church in the act of Baptism, the Font is by the door. It represents your first step into the Christian Church. However, the Font is much older than the Church.
It was originally in the church of St Peter, Southgate, the fishermen's church in Norwich which was closed in 1887. The Font has therefore been baptising fisher families since about 1450!
The beautifully carved font cover was presented to the Church by Rosa Sims in 1906 in memory of Etheldreda Beck, daughter of Father Ridsdale. It was damaged in the Church fire in 1996 and lovingly restored by local craftsmen.
At the top of the window behind the font, you will see the only original stained glass in the North-west part of the Church, which survived both the Second World War and the 1996 fire. It depicts, Christ the King and the famous words of the Great Commission which end the Gospel of St. Matthew: "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." The main image is surrounded by windows depicting the crossed keys, representing the Divine commission of authority given by Christ to St. Peter shortly before he died.
The North Aisle into the Lady Chapel
We will now walk down the North Aisle of the Church, which leads into the Lady Chapel. On the right, the Hymn Book cupboards have leaflets and postcards for you to take and books for you to borrow. There is also a visitors book for you to sign.
As you pass the window sills on your left, you will notice statues The first is of St. Anne with her daughter, the infant Mary, Mother of our Lord; the second is the Pieta (Mary, Mother of our Lord, holding the body of the crucified Christ); and the third is our Lady of Boulogne (Mary, Mother of our Lord riding in a boat). This statue of our Lady is dressed and processed through the streets each Blessing of the Fisheries.
On the walls on your left, and all round the main part of the Church you will notice the plaques depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross.. These show the steps of the journey that Christ took from his trial to His crucifixion and death. They are an important part of Church prayer ritual through Lent and Holy Week, leading up to Easter.
The Stations of the Cross are a separate tour. Please click the button below, if you wish to take it.