Here's where I go every Sunday to offer my worship to God.
I've been wanting to post pictures of our new parish home for a while now, but I'm not a good photographer. These were taken by Larry Vest, not by me.
This is a view of the nave and iconostasis from the choir loft.
It's easy to forget or take for granted how stunningly beautiful and huge this place is during the hubub of Sunday Divine Liturgy when loads of people are crowded in.
Orthodox worship and Orthodox worship space is intended to portray and participate in the worship that is going on in heaven, described in the book of Revelation. Much of the furnishings of our temple space are based on the furnishings of the tablernacle/worship space described in the Old Testament, with their fulfillment in Christ.
Christ, the Pantocrater-Ruler of All. The immensity of the icon in the dome is overwhelming. Dare I look up?
The Royal Doors are open and we can see the altar in the Sanctuary. The open doors remind us the the veil has been rent asunder, and Christ comes to us in His Body and His Blood-the Eucharist, meeting us.
Heaven touches Earth once again. But even with all the beauty of this building, and all the icons that remind us of the saints...it's the PEOPLE who are the Church.
And it's also really good for my humility to be a part of a parish I did not help to build.