Archbishop’s Chair — St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Bangalore

Behind the altar table, in front of the crucifix are four large teakwood chairs for the celebrants, including the chair of the Archbishop Reverend Dr. Peter Machado who has done so much for the Cathedral and the Archdiocese since his appointment in 2018.

The Bishop’s seat (the “cathedra”) is largest chair of the four and has a curved top of the back piece representing a shepherd’s staff with the dove as the Holy Spirit on the top.  Next to the large chair are three smaller chairs also made of teak.  Between the chairs and the altar table is a podium for the presider.  All of the chairs and podium are decorated with symbolic imagery including the dove (Holy Spirit), birds and grapes.