Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Inside St Martin-cum-Gregory on Micklegate is this striking wooden triptych reredos with IHS top and centre. IHS is a common Christogram based on the first three letters of "Jesus" in Greek. The Commandment board underneath is flanked by The Lord's Prayer on one side and The Creed on the other. The1636 panelled hexagonal pulpit has a painted inscription reading 'Preach the Word in season and out of season'. This was a veiled reference to which side of the religious divide the congregation should stand during the reign of  Charles I.  Many subjects felt Charles had brought the Church of England too close to the Roman Catholic Church. 
Taking part in ABC Wednesday


  1. I remember IHS in the church I grew up in. Seemed mysterious.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Politics involved with religion! OMG.

  3. Interesting history. I didn't know IHS was the first three letters in the Greek word for Jesus, and the reason for the words In Season or out of season is fascinating. Thanks for the history lesson.

  4. It is beautiful and I appreciate the history lesson too. Just think of all the words that have been preached there, and all the people who have passed through the boggles the mind.


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