The church lectern, originally a pedestal-based reading table with a sloping top, was used to support liturgical books, such as bibles, missals, and prayer books in religious services. Later, a stand could support the speaker’s books and notes. In early Christian times, the dais was incorporated into the structure of the sanctuary — one on the north side of the choir for the reading of letters and another on the south side for the reading of the Gospel.
The rise of monasticism, with its more complex rituals and heavier prayer books, stimulated the need for mobile dais that could be moved around the sanctuary as needed. The church lectern is usually made of stone, though occasionally of metal, but it can be used for elaborate decorative treatments. Stone lecterns are usually carved with elaborate patterns, the elaborate stone lectern will add a more sacred feeling to the whole space. You can take a look at our church lectern sculpture. If you’re looking for a church lectern for a church, look for it on our website. We can also customize it for you according to your space.