After handing our keys over to the car wash guys, we meandered into the parking lot where someone offered us a tour of the church. We thought that would be a nice start, so off we went. The guide explained to us that orthodox churches are usually in one of two shapes. First is cruciform or cross-shaped, with a long main aisle and two side aisles that would look like a cross from above. Second is the ark shape (as in Noah's ark), with a rectangular room and a ceiling with long wooden slats supported by arches much like an upside-down boat. This church is ark-shaped. Like other orthodox churches, the altar/sanctuary is separated from the pews or nave by the iconostasis, a wall with three doors or openings connecting the sanctuary and the nave. The iconostasis has many icons on it representing saints and other holy persons. Here are some of the pictures I took:
|Main door of the iconostasis|
|Detail of Mary and Christ child, yes it's on the curtain!|
|Detail of Last Supper over the main door|
|Icon of Mary and Christ child to left of main door. Note the intricate carving on the columns!|
|The woodwork throughout was pretty incredible.|
The altar directly behind the main door/curtain is fairly simple.
stream their services on-line for parishioners who may be away for various reasons. Our guide said that he'd watch when he was off at college. Another camera is in the body of the church facing the podium and iconostasis.
Another interesting decorative feature is the "ostrich eggs" on the iconostasis. They symbolize the vigilance of the Holy Spirit in watching over the church, just as the ostrich will not leave its egg for anything until it is hatched.
|To the right of the egg is an icon of the Archangel Gabriel and one of the side doors|
|Apologies for the poor lighting in the photo|
|Detail of icon of Jesus baptized in the Jordan River above the font|
|Looking cute on the steps of the altar|
|Jacob has a preternatural awareness of cameras pointed at him|
|Sugar cane juicing machine|
|Standard food booth with lots of extra sugar cane on hand|
|The band's allure overcame Jacob's preternatural awareness of the camera pointed at him|