chancel. Liturgical eastern part of a church, used by those officiating in the services, and often defined by a cancellus (from which the term is derived) or screen. It contains the sanctuary and altar, and often embraces the choir, especially in larger churches where the chancel is part of the main body of the building east of the crossing.
F. Bond (1916)
F. Bond (1916)
chan·cel / ˈchansəl/ • n. the part of a church near the altar, reserved for the clergy and choir, and typically separated from the nave by steps or a screen.
chancel the part of a church near the altar, reserved for the clergy and choir, and typically separated from the nave by steps or a screen. The word is recorded from Middle English, and comes (via Old French) from Latin cancelli ‘crossbars’.
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