The arches of the nave emphasize the processional nature of the liturgy as it progresses toward the altar. Each pillar express a pause in the procession and each arch springs forward as the movement progresses step by step. Along this processional way, people find a place where they rest along their journey toward the altar and are refreshed by the Liturgy of the Word. Then they continue their journey to bring gifts forward and to come for communion. Afterwards, the arches epxress the procession of people back to their homes and lives in the world now refreshed and illuminated by these luminous arches at Ealing Abbey.