The Clergy

In the Orthodox Church there are three Major Orders Bishop, Priest and Deacon and two Minor Orders S[...]

The Bells

A striking component of Orthodox worship is the ringing of bells. Every daily cycle of public divine[...]

The Candles and Their Symbolism

Lit candles and Icon lamps (lampadas) have a special symbolic meaning in the Christian Church, and n[...]

The Church Building

External Arrangement. Orthodox churches generally take one of several shapes that have a particul[...]

The Iconostasis

The most prominent feature of an Orthodox church is the Iconostasis, consisting of one or more rows [...]

The Sacristy and Vestry

The Sacristy. At the North end of the Altar (in ancient times a separate room, called the Sacrist[...]

The Altar and Its Furnishings

The Altar which lies beyond the Iconostasis, is set aside for those who perform the Divine services,[...]