And when matins and the first mass were done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar
, a great stone foursquare, like unto a marble stone, and in the midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:-- 'Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.'
Her amazement, therefore, was all the greater when, the next morning, the young man was brought back to her half frozen, more dead than alive, and when she learned that he had been found stretched at full length on the steps of the high altar of the little church.
"Then what happened that you were found in the morning lying half-dead on the steps of the high altar?"
At that moment, we were just in front of the high altar; and the moonbeams fell straight upon us through the stained-glass windows of the apse.
"In the roof of the church, directly above the high altar, is
hands the portrait of the Virgin, (which is over the high altar and
Another in my place would have been at his excommunicabo vos; but I am placible, and if ye order forth my palfreys, release my brethren, and restore my mails, tell down with all speed an hundred crowns to be expended in masses at the high altar
of Jorvaulx Abbey, and make your vow to eat no venison until next Pentecost, it may be you shall hear little more of this mad frolic.''
You, who are one of our most pious and faithful parishioners, must have keenly felt the bareness of the high altar
. I am on my way to see Monseigneur the coadjutor, and he will, I am sure, send you his own thanks later."
He clearly expected to be buried in prestigious proximity to the high altar
. Should he have chosen a large, sculpted wall monument, he may have envisaged it as similar to that of the influential model by Andrea Bregno and others of 1465 for his friend and relation, Cardinal Louis d'Albret, in Santa Maria in Aracoeli (fig.
Huge numbers of Roman Catholics today are unaware that 37 years ago (until 1964) the Catholic Mass was celebrated entirely in Latin, with many other ceremonial differences: a railing to fence off the sanctuary, at which communicants knelt and received Holy Communion on the tongue, and a great "high altar
" where the priest prayed facing God, not the people.
The site is believed to contain the high altar
of the ancient Hyde Abbey where the cake- burning monarch's remains are believed to be entombed.
John said: "I was chosen to carry Pope Francis's mitre and this particular role involves walking behind the pope during the procession to the high altar
and staying very close to him throughout the Mass.