Thursday, February 08, 2007


A Pulpit (Lat. pulpitum, a stage or scaffold) is an elevated stand to preach on.

In many Christian churches, there are two speaker’s stands in the front of the church. Typically, the one on the left (as viewed by the congregation) is called the pulpit.

The other speaker's stand, usually on the right (as viewed by the congregation), is known as the lectern.

In churches where there is only one speaker's stand in the center of the front of the church, it serves the functions of both lectern and pulpit and is properly called the ambo.

The word ambo comes from a Greek word meaning an elevation.

For the history of the pulpit and the ambo, see the Catholic Encyclopedia at