An Introduction to the Orthodox Worship Space


So here we are, inside of an Orthodox Church. As I say in the book, an Orthodox Church can take many different shapes and architectural sizes, and what we have here is basically a rectangle with an apse, a curve at the end of it, for the altar. The reason that these churches might vary so much in their appearance is that all over America people, Orthodox people, congregations have bought their churches from congregations that were departing for one reason or another. So previously it may be as with our church, this was built as a Methodist church about 100 years ago. Now no matter what Orthodox Church you go into, no matter what architectural form it takes, there will be the altar at the eastern end, and an iconostasis in front of the altar. And what you’ll see is that there’ll be a center gate or door, the Royal Doors in the center, and on either side an icon of Christ, and an icon of Christ as a baby being held in his mother’s arms. Now in some churches you will also see, as we have here, that inside the walls have been completely covered with images of bible scenes, of saints, of incidents in church history, a lot of martyrs from church history. So when we see these pictures of these beloved saints and of our Lord, we remember what it is to be a member of the Body of Christ. That we have, as it says in Hebrews 12, a great cloud of witnesses that surrounds us. They are invisible to our eyes, but they are with us constantly, everyone who has lived for Christ and died in Christ. And we who are currently following out our earthly lives Hymn: “O Taste and see that the Lord is good, that the Lord is good.” strive to emulate them, and take encouragement from these images.


14 Responses

  1. Jeremy Tan

    May 7, 2016 5:03 pm

    Thanks to this channel that I truly understand much more about Orthodoxy Christianity . I've always been finding for an Orthodox church in my country , but there are no Orthodox churches here in Malaysia . Thus I can't learn much about Orthodoxy . But to my finding , apparently there's a Russian Orthodox church here that is hidden somewhere and I found them ! Since then I've been going to that church and I will continue to learn about Orthodoxy coming from a protestant .

  2. karen prescott

    February 27, 2017 1:17 am

    Here you have a former Episcopalian woman who would have been ordained a "priest" in that "church" serving as an authority on Orthodoxy!? She very slyly and diplomatically promotes FEMINISM in the Church! She's just another infiltrator and polluter of Orthodoxy. Some converts and others who are ignorant of the Faith think she's great. The Scriptures warned us that even the Elect would be misled. What better example than this? The only people worse are the Bishops and church leaders who want her to speak for us. These "bishops" are the pathetic Ecumenists who now dominate Orthodoxy. So sad …..

  3. Bao Duong

    May 1, 2017 2:48 am

    I attended my first Orthodox Church today as a person from a Catholic background and non-denominational background. The clothes I wore are usually the clothes I would wear in a Catholic mass. As soon as I walked in. I knew I was not wearing proper attire in a Orthodox Church. I was wear black jeans and a plaid shirt. I also was crossing my legs to feel comfortable. I find that the people were staring at me as I was doing all these things, like I was the black sheep lol

  4. Ryan Ong

    November 18, 2017 6:23 am

    Thank you those of you who have made this channel. I now have a deeper understanding of Orthodox Christianity and what it really is. There are not many Orthodox Churches back home in Singapore, so I’ve been trying to find sources related to Orthodox Christianity.

  5. contingent exe

    December 1, 2018 11:06 pm

    It really is beautiful.
    But the temple of god is our body.
    And the secret worship space is within. Where we worship day and night in all things.

  6. Eastern Orthodox Knight3

    May 26, 2019 12:53 am

    It's hard to leave such a Holy Sanctuary and return to the world to continue daily life. In my opinion this is the one main reason why many choose the monastic life because the world in numerous ways hinders one's focus on God. I may go for the monastic life myself.


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