THE Prayer for the Church is said by the Priest, standing
in the midst of the altar, with the book on its cushion slightly
to his left. As at the Collects, he has his hands extended--the
normal attitude of prayer at the altar. Behind him in a line
are the Deacon and Subdeacon. The Clerk, as usual, faces north,
the Taperers stand by their tapers. Upon the altar may be seen
the burse, in which the corporal is brought to the altar.
It will be noticed that an earthenware jug of flowers is standing
in a convenient place, not on the altar and out of the way of
the Ministers. This is in accordance with the sentiment of the
Church that the altar is too sacred to have placed upon it anything
not essential to the performance of the rite. At the same time
an opportunity is given for adding that touch of decoration which
is equally consonant with ecclesiastical tradition.
NOTE.--The positions of the various Ministers in this plate
are identical with those at the Our Father and the Prayer of
Oblation. The positions of the Priest, Deacon, Subdeacon, and
Clerk are also the same during the Prayer of Consecration; though
the Taperers would then be standing at the entrance to the Choir,
as in Plate xii.