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before) existed in nearly the same order as in our present
Prayer-book, and were read in the vernacular each Sunday at Mass.
xxix See First and Second Chronicles.
xxx Anglo-Saxon and Norman Churches.
Originally, the churches of the Anglo-Saxons were built of wood,
with perhaps a foundation of stone; but before the Conquest nobler
buildings were introduced. Thus, for instance, the church which
Harold built at Waltham was designed in the new style of
architecture, of which the earliest specimen in England was
Edward's Abbey Church at Westminster. Waltham was sumptuously
adorned: the capitals and bases of the pillars were curiously
carved; and the ornaments of the altar, vestments, hooks,
furniture, most elaborate (see the tract De Inventione Sanctae
Crucis, edited by Professor Stubbs). But with the advent of a more
highly civilised people, the churches generally shared in the
revival of architecture, as the many massive remains, still extant,
of that early period sufficiently testify.
xxxi H. A. & M. 12.
xxxii "Blessed are the peacemakers."--St. Matthew v.