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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia
A kneeling desk, sometimes called a faldstool, from which the Litany is read. Its customary place in the Church is on the floor of the nave in front of the chancel in accordance with the Injunction issued during the reigns of Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth. The significance of this position may be seen by reference to the words of the prophet Joel read on Ash Wednesday as the Epistle, "Let the Priests, the Ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the Altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord."
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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Litany Desk'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/l/litany-desk.html. 1901.