is emblematic of the office. It is not a throne. It may be distinguished from
other seating because it has arms, because of its weight or color, or because
of a design motif such as an exceptionally tall back.
(5) Credence. One or more small tables are needed. A credence serves
as a place for communion vessels and artifacts when they are not on the
altar/table. It may serve as an offertory table, or a place for liturgical
books. A typical dimension is 30 by 12 by 30 inches (750 by 300 by 750 mm),
with an intermediate shelf.
(6) Baptismal Vessels. Baptism, the initiation into Christian
commonly unities, is a rite of considerable variety. Many Christians practice
the baptism of infants. which usually requires no more than a bowl of water
and the suffusion of water upon the head of the initiate. Some immerse infants
in large vessels of water. Some delay baptism until the age when the initiate
makes a personal and conscious decision to accept baptism. Of this latter
group some do not immerse, but many do.
The Navy wishes to make all patterns possible. This intention has
implications for baptismal vessels, their location, and their accessories.
It can be accomplished most readily by providing two vessels. One is a
generous basin, of metal, china or other material which can be set on a stand
or on a credence in the place of worship. A pitcher or ewer to bring the water
to the basin should also be supplied,
The other is a vessel big enough for immersion of adults. See Facility
Plate 20, page 37.06-79. Its location may be just inside the entrance to the
place of worship or just outside (if there is room there for people to gather
about for the ritual). Such locations make unnecessary the provision for holy
water stoups for Roman Catholic worship. It is so shaped that its water level
is about 24 inches (600 mm) above the floor. The floor surfaces around should
pitch slightly to a drain. There must be convenient provision of dressing
rooms for the candidates.
Accessible tanks of water may be hazardous where little children are
present unattended. Precautions, such as a decorative and removable grillwork
just below water level, should be taken.
The program for each facility will indicate whether or not such a
baptismal tank is to be included, and the Preliminary Engineering
Documentation prepared pursuant to NAVFACINST 11010.14, "Project Engineering
Documentation (PED) for Proposed Military Construction Projects" will record