A once prominent item of church furniture, but much less so in modern churches and in older churches that have undergone refurbishment.   The pulpit was the place from which the sermon was delivered, a constituent part of the services of the church that was regarded as sufficiently important to warrant having an item of furniture associated with it.   For that reason, the pulpit raised the preacher above the congregation so that he could be heard more easily, and for the same reason some pulpits were equipped with sounding boards above them.   See also font, Holy Table

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