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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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North Side of the Church.

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

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The east was regarded as the gate of the prince (Exe 43:1-3); the south as the land of light, and the soft, warm wind (Acts 27:13); the west as the domain of the people; but the north, as the source of the cold wind, was the abode of Satan. In some Cornish churches there is an entrance called the devil's door, adjoining the font, which was only opened at the time of the renunciation made in baptism. In consequence of these superstitions and its sunless aspect, the northern parts of the churchyards are usually devoid of graves. The north side of the altar corresponds to the Greek βόρειον μέρος and the Latin sinstrum cornu.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'North Side of the Church.'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​tce/​n/north-side-of-the-church.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.
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