The main body of the church building; the area wherein the congregation is seated, as opposed to the chancel or sanctuary. (In many churches the area where the choir sits is referred to as the choir or choir loft.) The word nave is the Latin for ship, and refers to the fact that in a classical church building the main area looks like a ship turned upside down (when one looks up at the ceiling). The idea behind calling this area the nave also derives from the fact that we are going somewhere together; we journey in faith together.

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