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St. Demetrius Ukranian Orthodox Church

Iconostasis - 1 with Royal Doors closed.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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In a Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the main body of the church is called the "Nave" - this is where congregants convene and sit on benches.  The walls and ceiling of the Nave are usually decorated with Icons, frescoes and paintings before which are hanging lit lamps called "lampadas". The Nave is separated from the Alter with a wall called an "iconostatis".  This is a wall of icons and religious paintings.

What's an icon?

The word "icon" comes from the Green work "eikon" which means "image".  Today, icons are associated with images of holy events or individuals.  Keep in mind, that icons are not necessarily meant to look like reality or photographs, they often have exaggerated characteristics to portray ideas.  For example, eyes may be painted as large and wide to symbolize seeing beyond the material world.  Icon colours also have meanings - white represents eternal life and purity; green = growth & nature; blue = the sky and heaven; 

 

Iconostasis of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Iconostasis - 2
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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Paintings and icons on Iconostasis of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Iconostasis - 3 with Royal Doors closed.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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Although the iconostasis is often very tall, it rarely touches the ceiling allowing liturgical exclamations of the clergy to be heard by the congregation.  No matter how elaborate or humble a church may be, to the right of the doors to the Alter is always an icon of Christ.  To the left is one of the Virgin Mary.  The doors leading to the Altar are called Royal Doors or Beautiful Gates.

 In grand churches, the iconostasis has a wealth of paintings lavished upon it and the entire screen may be covered.  It is common to find an icon of the Last Supper somewhere about the doors.

Did you know...

that the Iconostasis is symbolic seen as a boundary between the Divine and human worlds?

 

Iconostasis wall in St. Demetrius Orthodox Church

Iconostasis - 4 with Royal Doors open.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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Looking through Royal Doors at Ukrainian Orthodox church Altar.

Iconostasis - 5 with Royal Doors open.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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The Altar lies beyond the Iconostasis, and is set aside for those who perform the Divine services.  People not consecrated to the service of the Church are not permitted to enter.    In the center of the Altar is the Holy Table (Russian Prestol) which represents the Throne of God, with the Lord Himself invisibly present there.  It also represents the Tomb of Christ since His body (the Holy Gifts) is placed there.  The Holy Table is square and is covered by two coverings.  The first, inner covering, is of white linen, representing the winding-sheet in which the body of the Lord was wrapped.  the outer cloth is made of rich and bright material, representing the glory of god's Throne.  Both cloths cover the Holy Table to the ground.

 

Portable Icon for processionals.

Portable Icon - 1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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Near the front of the church one finds portable icons called Banners fastened to staffs which are used in processions.

 

Portable Icon of Jesus at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Portable Icon - 2
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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Portable icon of Jesus.

Portable Icon - 3
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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Incense is made from aromatic plant matter and a binding agent - either oil or resin.  A piece of charcoal is placed in an ornamental container used for burning incense called a "censer" with the incense on top.  The result is a fragrant smoke. 

 Incense has been used in worship since the days of the Old Testament.  According to Malachi 1:11, God says that the offering of incense is an appropriate way of worshipping Him:  "In every place incense shall be offered in My name."  Incense has two symbolic meanings:  It represents our prayers ascending to heaven and is a symbol of the Holy Spirit - the "breath" of God who is "present everywhere, filling all things".

A "thurible" is a metal censer that is suspended from one, three or four chains.  In the image below, you can also see a removable metal crucible in which the burning charcoals are placed with the entire thurible hanging on a stand.  The three outer chains below represents the Holy Trinity.  In Greek and Russian practice, twelve bells are attached to the chains - their ringing symbolizing the teaching of the twelve Apostles.

 

Thurible metal censer holding church incense.

Thurible - 1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius - Etobicoke, Ontario
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