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mourners' bench

[cf. DJE mourning table; cf. Gul., US Black mourners' bench idem ADD; OED, US "Persons on the 'anxious seat' at 'revival' meetings are technically termed ´mourners'; that is persons mourning for their sins"] n. a bench situated at the front of the church before the altar for worshippers (especially penitants) to kneel on: 1978 (Bethel 57). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-11-14 15:30
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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