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Alcove or small wooden chest on the north wall of a church chancel, often above an altar tomb. A consecrated host is placed there on Good Friday and taken out early on Easter Sunday – symbolising the Biblical story of death and resurrection.

 

Local example (click to enlarge)

 

 

Easter sepulchre

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