In the ancient Christian basilica, barriers bet. the nave and the chancel. The railing sometimes (as in San Clemente, Rome) enclosed the seats of the lower clergy as well as the ambos (reading desks). In the E Orthodox Ch. the cancelli developed into the iconostasis. The rood screen of the medieval chs. shows another form of the development. In the West the epistle ambo was moved back (eastward) into the rood screen; preaching was done from there. Kanzel, a Ger. word now used for the pulpit alone, is derived from the word cancelli.
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