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[This picture] engraved in the 1570s, shows a complete church interior converted for the new, Protestant, worship. A baptism is taking place at the upper right. At the front of the building a preacher is holding forth. Most of the congregation are standing, the men with their hats on. A number of them are discussing the sermon vigorously. After the sermon, there may be a communion service. Two flagons of wine stand ready for use at the back of the church. The communion table is again away from the wall, ready for the communicants to gather round.
Forty years earlier, this same building, these same people, even the same priest, would have been holding a very different type of communion service.
Here, at high mass in a large church, the priest stands at a stone altar at the east end of the chancel, facing east, elevating the host high for all to see. The language of the service is Latin. To his left the subdeacon holds up a torch; to his right the deacon swings a censer. These pictures emphasise how much the chancels of parish churches needed to be changed to cope with the new theology introduced at the Reformation.